About the Journal

Aims and Scope
Article Types
Peer Review Process
Publication Ethics Statement
Open Access Policy
Article Processing Charges
Copyright and License
Frequency of Publication
Reprints Policy
Archiving Policy
Self-Archiving Policy
Indexing Databases
Journal Metrics
Peer Review and Publication Speed
Journal Governance
Memberships

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Spine Practice is the official publication of the Saudi Spine Society, founded as an internationally focused “diamond/platinum open-access platform to promote excellent, high-quality research and developmental materials for the spine care field.

The Journal of Spine Practice is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to all spine specialties,  including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, diagnostic and interventional radiology, anesthesia and pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, rheumatology, physical therapy, nursing, chiropractic and alternative medicine, and other related disciplines.

The Journal publishes research addressing the prevention, diagnosis, and surgical and non-surgical management of spine diseases and disorders in the following disciplines: basic science, clinical research, health services research, health professions education, and health economics research.

Article Types

The Journal of Spine Practice accepts the following formats of the article: Original Research, Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses, Review Articles, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Evidence-based Reviews, Technical Reports, Surgical Techniques, Case Reports, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and Videos.

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Spine Practice uses a double-blind peer-review process involving at least two independent external reviewers. The double-blind procedure means that neither authors nor reviewers are aware of each other's identity during the process. The peer-review process takes place prior to publication and is facilitated by the journal. All interactions between reviewers and authors are mediated by the editors.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the academic quality of the publication process, including final acceptance decisions, approval of Guest Editors and special issue topics, and the appointment of Editorial Board members.

The peer-review process of the Journal of Spine Practice follows the Ethical Guidelines of Peer Reviewers established by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Submission of articles to The journal does not guarantee acceptance.

Although the journal aims to conduct an efficient peer-review process, we cannot guarantee a specific time in which a decision to be made.

Publication Ethics Statement

The Journal of Spine Practice adheres to the ethics policies of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). It also adheres to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. The Journal adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Core Practices.

All manuscripts submitted to the journal will be screened for plagiarism using the Crossref Similarity Check, powered by iThenticate.

In cases of animal experiments, the authors must provide a description of any surgical procedure used, as well as evidence that all possible steps were taken to avoid animal suffering at each stage of the experiment. For any experiments on humans, all work must be conducted in accordance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (1964).

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Spine Practice is a Diamond/Platinum Open-Access journal. All articles published by the journal are made freely and permanently accessible to read online and download immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Article Processing Charges

The Journal of Spine Practice does not require any Article Processing Charges (APC), page, figure or other forms of publishing fee. All publication costs are fully covered by the Saudi Spine Society (journal owner). This means that there are no charges to authors or their institutions.

The Journal of Spine Practice publishes all its content under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license; you can find the full license legal code here and the human-readable summary here. Every published article contains machine-readable copyright statement, in the HTML and PDF versions.

Under the CC-BY license, authors retain the ownership of the copyright for their content, but anyone is allowed to download, use, and reprint the content as long as the original authors and source are cited.

After acceptance of a paper, authors will be required to assign a CC-BY license to their article, whereby they will retain copyright and grant the publishing rights to the Journal of Spine Practice and the publisher, Knowledge E.

The journal’s Copyright policy is deposited in the SHERPA/RoMEO database to demonstrate our commitment to the highest ethical standards of open-access publishing.

Frequency of Publication 

The journal will publish three issues per year. Archived issues can be accessed through this link. Accepted articles will be made available online ahead of the scheduled issue publication date.

Reprints Policy

For readers and institutions who are interested to obtain printed copies of the journal, there is a hard-copy subscription option.

Archiving Policy

All content published in the Journal of Spine Practice is permanently archived in Portico, a not-for-profit organization with a mission and singular focus to provide a permanent archive of electronic scholarly content.

Self-Archiving Policy

The Journal of Spine Practice does not allow self-archiving of pre-print version of the manuscripts unless mandated by the funding agency. This can be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the Editor-in-Chief. The journal allows the author to self-archive only the Publisher’s version of the manuscript in third-party repositories without embargo. The Journal’s Self-Archiving policy is deposited in the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Indexing Databases

The Journal of Spine Practice was established in April 2019. The first issue is expected to be published in August 2019. The journal will apply for indexing in international databases such as Directory of Open Access Journals, Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Embase, Altmetric, as and when it meets the criteria and becomes eligible for application.

Journal Metrics

The Publisher will be collecting and reporting on several measures of journal performance to ensure we provide a quality service to our community; from peer-review speed and efficiency to website access and readership usage, and to citations.

Peer Review and Publication Speed

We intend to assess the journal on several peer-review timeframes.

  • Submission to immediate rejection;
  • Submission to first decision for reviewed submissions;
  • Revision submission to the decision;
  • First submission to acceptance; and
  • Acceptance to publication. 

We intend to provide a high-quality peer-review service and hope that reporting on these statistics will help maintain and develop our standards.

Citation Impact

While we wait for our opportunity to apply for official inclusion in the major databases, we will monitor citations from databases such as Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus, with the aims of reporting the journal’s H-Index, Cite Score and Impact Factor once included in each of these respective databases.

Usage

We will monitor the website access, particularly of the full-text or PDF versions of articles accessed directly from the Journal website, to inform us of the community interest in the journal.

Altmetrics

The journal intends to display Altmetric badges and data, as an alternative to citation metrics, providing authors and readers information on the web-based attention articles receive across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Reddit, Blogs, News articles, Policy documents, post-publication reviews, etc.

Journal Governance

The Journal of Spine Practice is owned by the Saudi Spine Society, which is committed, through the signature of its Board of Directors members, to the editorial independence of the Journal Editorial Board. The Saudi Spine Society is also committed to financially support the Journal. The views expressed in the Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Saudi Spine Society or the Journal of Spine Practice.

Affiliation: The Journal of Spine Practice is affiliated with the Kuwait Spine Society.

Publisher: The Journal of Spine Practice is published by Knowledge E in agreement with the Saudi Spine Society.

Editorial Board: All members of the editorial board are volunteers. They are not financially reimbursed. The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal is selected through an open call for applications, screened by an independent search committee of the Saudi Spine Society. The members of the Editorial Board are selected by the Editor-in-Chief and approved by the Journal Executive Committee that reports to the Saudi Spine Society’s Board of Directors.

Revenue Streams: The Journal of Spine Practice was founded by the Saudi Spine Society in April 2019. The Journal publishing model is a Diamond/Platinum Open Access. This means that neither the readers nor the authors pay any fees. Two of the most common revenue models adopted by journals are subscription fees charged to readers and/or institutions, or article processing charged to authors.  Instead of these common methods, the journal is funded by the activities of the Saudi Spine Society and from alternate journal income.

Sponsorship: The Saudi Spine Society depends on the sponsorship of different entities to ensure the sustainability of the Journal. You may view the Sponsorship Policy.

Advertisement: The Saudi Spine Society depends on the advertisement on the Journal’s website as a revenue stream to ensure the financial sustainability of the Journal.

Reprints: Although the journal is open access, available free to read online, we offer print versions of full issues and articles, as either one-off purchases or subscriptions to help support the financial sustainability of the journal.

Memberships

The Journal of Spine Practice is published by Knowledge E. The publisher is a member of the following professional organizations:

  1. OASPA
  2. ALPSP
  3. Crossref
  4. ORCID