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Global Spine Journal

Published in cooperation with AO Spine

eISSN: 21925690 | ISSN: 21925682 | Current volume: 14 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Journal Highlights

  • Impact Factor: 2.230*
  • 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 AO Spine.

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

Submission Information

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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 current APC of the journal is $2,650. The APC for AO Spine members is $0.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Please see further details here


Please direct any queries to sladjana.scepan@aofoundationorg 

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 AO Spine member. If no authors are AO Spine members, then they are given the option to join AO Spine instead of paying the APC fee. (The yearly fee for AO Spine 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 AO Spine members also receive a free copy of each issue of the journal

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Global Spine Journal (GSJ) is the official scientific publication of AO Spine. 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 Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), SCOPUS and PubMed Central.

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.

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 Research
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
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Arthroplasty
  • Robotics/Augmented Reality
  • Radiology
  • Spinopelvic
  • Outcomes
  • Deformity
  • Degenerative Spine

Manuscript Submission

Jeffrey C. Wang, MD USC Spine Center, USA
Jens R. Chapman, MD Swedish Medical Center, USA
Karsten Wiechert, MD Michel Spine Center
Managing Editor
Danielle B. Lieberman AO Spine International, USA
Deputy Editors
Evan Davies, MD University of Southampton/Southampton Children's Hospital, UK
John G. DeVine, MD FAOA Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, USA
Robert Dunn, MD University of Cape Town, South Africa
Mohammad El-Sharkawi, MD Assiut University Medical School, Egypt
Juan Emmerich, MD National University of La Plata, Argentina
Michael G. Fehlings, MD Toronto Western Hospital, Canada
John C France, MD West Virginia University, USA
Raymond J. Hah, M.D. USC Spine Center, USA
Yong Hai, MD. PhD Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Beijing Chao-yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
Roger Härtl, MD Weill Cornell Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, USA
Serena S. Hu, MD Stanford University, USA
Basem Ishak, M.D. Head of Spine Division, Professor of Neurosurgery, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
Keita Ito, MD, ScD Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Yoshiharu Kawaguchi, MD, PhD University of Toyama, Japan
Jin-Sung L. Kim, PhD Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
John C. Liu, MD Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Elizabeth L. Lord, MD UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center, USA
Robert McGuire, MD University of Mississippi Medical Center, USA
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, DsC Rush University Medical Center, USA
Koji Tamai, MD Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
Luiz Roberto Vialle, MD Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
Emre Yilmaz, MD BG University Hospital, Bergmannsheil Bochum, Germany
Deputy Editor Emeritus
Michael Mayer, MD, PhD Schoen-Klinik München-Harlaching, Germany
Associate Editors
Mohamed Abdel-Wanis, MD, PhD Sohag University, Egypt
Abdulaziz Al-Mutair, MD Alrazi Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
Zayed Saleh Al-Zayed, MD King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Abdulrazzaq Alobaid, MD Alrazi Orthopedics Hospital, Kuwait
Khalid Alsaleh, MD King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Paul Arnold, MD University of Kansas School of Medicine, USA
Bryan Ashman, MD Australia National University Medical School, Australia
Muhammed Assous, MD Razi Spine Clinic, Jordan
Firas Atallah, MD Risk and Rosary Hospital, Lebanon
Amer Aziz, MD Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital, Pakistan
Massimo Balsano, MD Ospedale Civile Santorsa Vicenza, Italy
Guiseppe Barbagallo, MD Policlinico "G. Rodolico" University Hospital, Italy
Giovanni Barbanti Brodano, MD Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Italy
Teresa Bas, MD Hospital Universitatio La Fe, Spain
Lorin M. Benneker, MD Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland
Pedro Berjano, MD IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Italy
Darrel S. Brodke, MD University of Utah, USA
Chris Cain, MD University of Colorado, Denver, USA
Roberto Chapa, MD Hospital Christus Muguerza Alta Especialida, Mexico
Norman Chutkan, MD The CORE Institute, USA
Marinus de Kleuver Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands
John Devine, MD Augusta University, USA
Asdrubal Falavigna, MD Caxias do Sul University, Brazil
Daniel Gelb, MD University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Michael Grevitt, MD Queen's Medical Centre, United Kingdom
Marcelo Gruenberg, MD Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ali Haghnegahdar, MD Chamran Hospital, Iran
Yong Hai, MD Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Beijing Chao-yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
James Harrop, MD Jefferson Medical College, USA
Manabu Ito, MD National Hospital Organization Hokkaido Medical Center, Japan
Michael E. Janssen, DO Center for Spine and Orthopedics, USA
Jose María M. Jimenez, MD Instituto Mexicano Del Seguro Social, Mexico
Zdenek Klezl, MD Royal Derby Hospital, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Spinal Unit, UK
Claudio Lamartina I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Ortopedico Galeazz, Italy
Yu Liang, MD Rui Jin Hospital, School of Medicine, Jiaotong University, China
Teija Lund, MD Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
Marco Medina, MD Clinica San Felipe, Peru
Osmar Moraes, MD São Paulo, Brazil
Jong-Beom Park, MD The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea
Roberto Postigo, MD Clinica Las Condes, Chile
Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar, MD Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Andres Rodriguez-Munera, MD Fundación Santafe de Bogotá, Colombia
Satish Rudrappa, MD Sakra World Hospital, India
Klaus Schnake, MD Schön Klinik Nürnberg Fürth, Germany
Jaime Segura, MD Unidad Medica Cecimin, Colombia
Lali Sekhon, MD Nevada Neurosurgery, USA
Ghassan Skaf, MD American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Maarten Spruit, MD St. Maartenskliniek. The Netherlands
Nestor Taboada, MD UNIMEC, Colombia
Paul Thng, MD MT Elizabeth Novena Hospital Specialist Center, Singapore
Claudius Thomé, MD Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
Tomoaki Toyone, MD Showa University, Japan
Patrick Tropiano, MD Hopital TIMONE, France
Atiq Uz Zaman, MD Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital, Pakistan
Alexander Vaccaro, MD Delaware Valley Spinal Cord Injury Center, USA
Marcelo Valacco, MD Hospital Chirrucavisca, Argentina
Emiliano Vialle, MD Cajuru Hospital, Brazil
Richard Williams, MD University of Queensland, Australia
Chung Chek Wong, MD Sarawak General Hospital, Malaysia
Jack Zigler, MD Texas Back Institute, USA
EBSJ Research Methodology
Joseph R. Dettori, MPH, PhD Spectrum Research, Inc., USA
Special Editor for Reviews
Lindsay Tetreault, MD, PhD University College Cork, Ireland
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  • Clarivate Analytics: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • ProQuest
  • PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Scopus

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