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About Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, the official journal of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), is an open access, multidisciplinary journal that encompasses all aspects of research on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, outcomes and cost-analyses of conservative and surgical management of all spinal deformities and disorders. Both clinical and basic science reports form the cornerstone of the journal in its endeavour to provide original, primary studies as well as narrative/systematic reviews and meta-analyses to the academic community and beyond. Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders aims to provide an integrated and balanced view of cutting-edge spine research to further enhance effective collaboration among clinical spine specialists and scientists, and to ultimately improve patient outcomes based on an evidence-based spine care approach.

The journal will be known as Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders from Volume 11, 2016.

Open access

All articles published by Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders are covered by the journal, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing services

All articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders are included in:

  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Review: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Methodology: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method.
  • Case Report: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction.
  • Letter to the Editor: can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.

Peer-review policy

Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be submitted to the Editors-in-Chief, who will send out the manuscripts for peer review to three Editorial team members. The Editorial team as well as the Editorial Board should consist of members of the SOSORT, an interdisciplinary society with orthotists, physiotherapists, basic scientists and orthopaedic surgeons, psychologists as well as rehabilitation specialists working in this field.

Edited by Theodoros B Grivas and Dino Samartzis, Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders operates using an open peer review system, where the reviewers' names are included on the peer review reports. In addition, if the article is published, the named reports are published online alongside the article as part of a 'pre-publication history'. All previous versions of the manuscript, and all author responses to the reviewers are also available to readers.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders

Articles in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Scoliosis and Spinal Disord [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Scoliosis and Spinal Disord 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders?

High visibility

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders and BioMed Central.

Flexibility

Online publication in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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