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Global Spine Journal

Global Spine Journal

Published in cooperation with AOSpine

Jeffrey Wang USC Spine Center, USA
Jens R. Chapman Swedish Medical Center, USA
Karsten Wiechert Schön-Klinik München Harlaching, Germany

eISSN: 21925690 | ISSN: 21925682 | Current volume: 9 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Journal Highlights

  • Indexed In: Emerging Science Citation Index (ESCI), PubMed Central (PMC), SCOPUS, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
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Global Spine Journal (GSJ) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal which focuses on the study and treatment of spinal disorders, including diagnosis, operative and non-operative treatment options, surgical techniques, and emerging research and clinical developments. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is published on behalf of AOSpine.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Submission Information

Submit your manuscript at

Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal is currently $1500 USD unless at least one author on the manuscript is an AOSpine member, in which case the fee is covered by the society.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here


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Why Publish Open Access with GSJ

  • Visibility and Impact: Anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite your research
  • Rigorous Standards: Double-blind peer review policy
  • Flexibility: No page limits or page charges, no limits on the amount of authors listed on a manuscript and authors can publish full data sets, figures and tables with no limits
  • Copyright: Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons License
  • GSJ is a global journal with a global reach. GSJ targets an international audience and has authors, reviewers, and deputy editors from different countries all around the world
  • GSJ waives the Article Processing Fee (APC) for all manuscripts where at least one author is an AOSpine member. If no authors are AOSpine members, then they are given the option to join AOSpine instead of paying the APC fee. (The yearly fee for AOspine membership is significantly less expensive)
  • GSJ targets both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgeons that specialize in spine.
  • GSJ is one of the only Open Access journals that still circulate a print version.
  • All AOspine members also receive a free copy of each issue of the journal

Useful Links

Global Spine Journal (GSJ) is the official scientific publication of AOSpine. GSJ now incorporates Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal (EBSJ), (which was previously a separate AOSpine publication) as a special section in each issue. A peer-reviewed journal, GSJ is devoted to the study and treatment of spinal disorders, including diagnosis, operative and non-operative treatment options, surgical techniques, and emerging research and clinical developments. An Open Access journal that is published eight times a year, the journal is essential reading for all researchers and clinicians specializing in the spine. GSJ is indexed in PubMedCentral and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

With a multi-disciplinary scope, GSJ features original research, reviews, commentaries, editorials, and technical reports in all spine fields. The journal promotes communication among spine surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and neurosurgeons across the globe by providing an integrated and balanced view of the clinical and basic science studies of spinal disorders.

EBSJ is dedicated to finding, describing and developing the highest quality evidence for treating and managing spinal disorders. EBSJ focuses on comparative studies of effectiveness and seeks to stimulate further areas of high quality spine-related research. EBSJ sets the stage for evidence-based practice and will influence the future of spine surgery for years to come.

EBSJ now features Systematic Reviews, Original Research with methodological review, narrative reviews and literature reviews. EBSJ is a unique concept with regard to format and streamlined presentation of information. The goal is to provide an accurate, concise presentation of information that can be grasped at-a-glance by busy spine surgeons.

Global Spine Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons
Neuro Spine Surgeons
Basic Science Researchers

Types of Papers
Original Researc
Reviews: Systematic, Narrative, Literature
Technical Reports

Topics of Interest

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Studies
  • Cervical Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Thoracolumbar Spine
  • Bone Morphogenic Protein
  • Operative Treatment
  • Non-Operative Treatment
  • Spondyliosthesis
  • New Surgical Techniques
  • Randomized Control Trials
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Prospective Studies
  • Scoliosis
  • Geriatric Spine
  • Pediatric Spine
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spinal Oncology
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Sports Injuries
  • Neurological Spinal Disorders

Manuscript Submission

Jeffrey C. Wang, MD USC Spine Center, USA
Jens R. Chapman, MD Swedish Medical Center, USA
Karsten Wiechert, MD Schön-Klinik München Harlaching, Germany
Managing Editor
Danielle B. Lieberman AOSpine International, USA
Deputy Editors
Michael G. Fehlings, MD Toronto Western Hospital, Canada
Serena S. Hu, MD Stanford University, USA
Keita Ito, MD, ScD Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Yoshiharu Kawaguchi, MD, PhD University of Toyama, Japan
Michael Mayer, MD, PhD Schoen-Klinik München-Harlaching, Germany
K. V. Menon, MD Khoula Hospital, Oman
Thomas E. Mroz, MD Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health, USA
S. Rajasekaran, PhD Ganga Hospital, India
K. Daniel Riew, MD Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, USA
Dino Samartzis Rush University Medical Center, USA
Luiz Roberto Vialle, MD Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
Associate Editors
Mohamed Abdel-Wanis Sohag University, Egypt
Abdulaziz Al-Mutair Alrazi Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
Zayed Saleh Al-Zayed King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Abdulrazzaq Alobaid Alrazi Orthopedics Hospital, Kuwait
Khalid Alsaleh King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Paul Arnold University of Kansas School of Medicine, USA
Bryan Ashman Australia National University Medical School, Australia
Muhammed Assous Razi Spine Clinic, Jordan
Firas Atallah Risk and Rosary Hospital, Lebanon
Amer Aziz Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital, Pakistan
Massimo Balsano Ospedale Civile Santorsa Vicenza, Italy
Guiseppe Barbagallo Policlinico "G. Rodolico" University Hospital, Italy
Giovanni Barbanti Brodano Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Italy
Teresa Bas Hospital Universitatio La Fe, Spain
Lorin M. Benneker Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland
Pedro Berjano IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Italy
Darrel S. Brodke University of Utah, USA
Chris Cain University of Colorado, Denver, USA
Roberto Chapa Hospital Christus Muguerza Alta Especialida, Mexico
Norman Chutkan The CORE Institute, USA
Evan Davies University of Southampton/Southampton Children's Hospital, UK
Marinus de Kleuver Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands
John Devine Augusta University, USA
Robert Dunn University of Cape Town, South Africa
Mohammad El-Sharkawi Assiut University Medical School, Egypt
Juan Emmerich National University of La Plata, Argentina
Asdrubal Falavigna Caxias do Sul University, Brazil
Daniel Gelb University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Michael Grevitt Queen's Medical Centre, United Kingdom
Marcelo Gruenberg Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ali Haghnegahdar Chamran Hospital, Iran
Yong Hai Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
James Harrop Jefferson Medical College, USA
Roger Härtl Weill Cornell Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, USA
Manabu Ito National Hospital Organization Hokkaido Medical Center, Japan
Michael E. Janssen Center for Spine and Orthopedics, USA
Jose María M. Jimenez Instituto Mexicano Del Seguro Social, Mexico
Zdenek Klezl Royal Derby Hospital, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Spinal Unit, UK
Claudio Lamartina I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Ortopedico Galeazz, Italy
Yu Liang Rui Jin Hospital, School of Medicine, Jiaotong University, China
Teija Lund Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
Robert McGuire University of Mississippi Medical Center, USA
Marco Medina Clinica San Felipe, Peru
Osmar Moraes São Paulo, Brazil
German Ochoa Bogotá, Columbia
Jong-Beom Park The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea
Roberto Postigo Clinica Las Condes, Chile
Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Andres Rodriguez-Munera Fundación Santafe de Bogotá, Colombia
Satish Rudrappa Sakra World Hospital, India
Klaus Schnake Schön Klinik Nürnberg Fürth, Germany
Jaime Segura Unidad Medica Cecimin, Colombia
Lali Sekhon Nevada Neurosurgery, USA
Ghassan Skaf American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Maarten Spruit St. Maartenskliniek. The Netherlands
Nestor Taboada UNIMEC, Colombia
Paul Thng MT Elizabeth Novena Hospital Specialist Center, Singapore
Claudius Thomé Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
Tomoaki Toyone Showa University, Japan
Patrick Tropiano Hopital TIMONE, France
Atiq Uz Zaman Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital, Pakistan
Alexander Vaccaro Delaware Valley Spinal Cord Injury Center, USA
Marcelo Valacco Hospital Chirrucavisca, Argentina
Emiliano Vialle Cajuru Hospital, Brazil
Richard Williams University of Queensland, Australia
Chung Chek Wong Sarawak General Hospital, Malaysia
Jack Zigler Texas Back Institute, USA
EBSJ Research Methodology
Joseph R. Dettori, MPH, PhD Spectrum Research, Inc., USA
Special Editor for Reviews
Lindsay Tetreault, PhD University College Cork, Ireland
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  • Scopus
  • Global Spine Journal (GSJ) recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Global Spine Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Manuscript Submission

    Please read the Full Submissions Guidelines here (PDF) before submitting your manuscript at

    Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of GSJ will be reviewed.

    GSJ publishes original research articles and reviews. GSJ also includes Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal (EBSJ) which is now a special section in each issue of the journal. EBSJ publishes Original Research (with methods review), Systematic Reviews and Narrative Reviews.

    Article Processing Charge
    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    The APC is waived for AOSpine members. As long as one author listed on a manuscript is an AOSpine member then the fee will be waived. The APC for non-members is $1,500 USD and will be payable upon acceptance.

    GSJ publishes manuscripts under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC BY NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author's request.

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