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Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts that are original and have not been previously published elsewhere will be considered. Submissions must relate to spine surgery and may include: editorials, research papers, case studies, case reports, case presentations, photo vignettes, reviews, and original articles.


·             All work must be in English

·             All manuscripts must be formatted as follows:

o   Microsoft Word document with Times New Roman 12-point font

o   Double spaced

o   Title included at the top of the page

o   Does not include names of authors or institution where the study was performed.

·             Images/Tables/Videos

o   If images are included, they must be referenced.

o   If tables are included, they must have titles for all the columns.

·             References

o   References must be listed in the order that they appear in the text

o   Must follow Citation Guide of the American Medical Association:

o   Include reference numbers in Arabic numerals as a superscript after the period

·             What to include as a manuscript submission:

o   Title page, abstract, main text, references

§  Optional: Images, figures, tables, and graphs

o   Title page must include names of all authors and with their respective titles, institutions and departments.

o   If images containing a patient’s face are included, must also submit a waiver signed by the patient accepting potential publication and internet exposure.

·             There is no charge for submission or publication.