Editorial Team

Editorial Board
Editorial Independence Statement
Conflicts of Interest Declaration
Editorial Board Terms of Reference

Editorial Board


Sohail Bajammal, MBChB, MSc, FRCSC

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Deputy Editors

Dr. Hanaa Alsobayel
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Prof. Ahmaad Ammar
Professor of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Sami Aleissa
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Editorial Board Members

Prof. Saleh Baeesa
Professor of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

International Advisory Board


Journal Ombudsperson (Ethical Advisor)


Editorial Independence Statement

The Journal of Spine Practice follows the international recommendations for editorial independence that guide the relationship between the Editorial Board and the Owners of the Journal; these include World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME), and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal is owned by the Saudi Spine Society. The Society, through its Board of Directors, is committed to providing complete editorial freedom to the Editorial Board. In the meantime, the Society is also committed to providing the Journal with the necessary financial support, either directly or indirectly. All advertisement, sponsoring, donations, and gifts directed to the Journal are managed by the financial department of the Society.

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Conflicts of Interest Declaration

The Journal of Spine Practice has clear definitions of conflicts of interest and processes for handling the conflicts of interest of authors, reviewers, editors, journals, and publishers—whether identified before or after publication.

Authors are required to submit a conflict of interest form prior to publication. The Journal adopts the ICMJE’s Conflict of Interest form.

All published manuscripts contain a conflict of interest statement for each author, even if no conflict exists.

All published manuscripts contain a statement regarding funding, whether or not a study was funded, and any role(s) of the funder(s) (e.g., involvement in the design, analysis, writing of, and control over publication).

Reviewers are required to declare any conflicts of interest prior to agreeing to review a manuscript.

Members of the editorial board are required to declare any conflicts of interest prior to joining the editorial board.

All members of the Saudi Spine Society Board of Directors are required to sign a commitment of editorial independence for the Journal Editorial Board.

The Publisher has signed a contract with the journal to declare any conflicts of interest.

Advertisement and sponsorship are handled by the Society, and the Publisher is governed by the Journal Advertisement policy and the Journal Sponsorship policy.

The Journal of Spine Practice uses the following definitions of conflicts of interest:

  • Financial conflicts of interest
  • Academic conflicts of interest

The Journal of Spine Practice follows the COPE flowcharts for the following scenarios of suspected nondisclosure of conflicts of interest:

When a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript

When a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article

Editorial Board Terms of Reference


The volunteer editorial board will provide strategic, scientific, and ethical direction and guidance to the Journal of Spine Practice.


The composition of the editorial board will support the intended aims and scope of the journal and reflect the multidisciplinary nature of spine practice with diverse global representation.

Members will be appointed by the Editor-in-Chief for a two-year renewable term.

Members must hold a Ph.D. or be board-certified in a relevant spine discipline and must have published at least once in a peer-reviewed journal.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Editorial Board will preserve and enhance the journal’s reputation as a trusted source of high-quality scientific information.

The Editorial Board is granted editorial Independence by the Saudi Spine Society’s Board of Directors.

The Editorial Board will maintain the highest standards of peer review, in line with the current guidelines from relevant bodies (e.g., Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)).

The Editorial Board will be called upon to review submitted manuscripts at the request of the Editor-in-Chief, to support the independent reviewers through which the majority of our reviewing will be conducted.

The Editorial Board will be involved in the ongoing development of the journal. The Board will be requested to provide feedback on the editorial direction of the journal, the efficiency of peer review procedures, and community resources which the journal provides.

The Editorial Board may be called upon to provide expertise and advice in situations involving an author grievance, or any ethical issues reported to the journal which require reference to their expertise.

The Editorial Board may be required to support to the Editor-in-Chief with editorial duties such as peer reviewer selection and decision making in the event of absence or conflict of interest.

Meetings of the Editorial Board

  • The journal shall hold an Editorial Board meeting at least twice each year, either by web-conference, tele-conference, or in person.
  • Meetings will be chaired by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Decisions will be reached by consensus where possible.
  • Meeting agenda and supporting documentation will be distributed at least seven working days prior to an official Editorial Board meeting.
  • The Managing Editor will serve as a recording secretary for all Editorial Board meetings.

Amendment to Terms of Reference

The terms of reference will be reviewed annually to determine if any updates are required. Proposed amendments will be developed in consultation with Saudi Spine Society’s President and Board of Directors.