Microsoft Word 97-2003 or higher document file must be used to submit a manuscript. The text must be double spaced with 1" margins and justified to the left-hand margin. Avoid using "styles" or document templates. The "Normal" Word format is recommended. (Arial 12 pt text is preferred.) Please number all pages.
The title of the manuscript should appear at the top of the first page. The title must clearly state what the article is about.
Do not include author names in the manuscript. They are to be placed in the biographical (biosketch) file described below in order to preserve anonymity during the review process. Manuscripts are tracked using a reference number and author names are added by the editorial staff if a manuscript is accepted for processing.
All articles must include a structured abstract of approximately 200 to 300 words and only include material appearing in the main body of the manuscript. Authors are required to indicate the relevance in a statement of clinical significance within the abstract of the manuscript as well as at the end of the main body of the text.
Structured abstracts vary according to the type of article. All abstracts must be organized into a structured format appropriate to the type of article using the headings listed in the following table:
|Primary Research||Literature Reviews||Case Reports||Clinical Techniques|
|Materials & Methods||Background||Background||Background|
|Results||Review Results||Case Description||Technique|
|Clinical Significance||Clinical Significance||Clinical Significance||Clinical Significance|
A list of three to ten keywords contained in the article must be listed below the abstract. A minimum of three keywords are required, and they should contain the type of research such as systematic review, randomized clinical trial, cohort study, case-control study, laboratory research, or "other". (These will be used to search for your article on PubMed and other Internet resources.) (During the electronic submission process authors will be asked to copy and paste the abstract and the keywords into corresponding text boxes on the submissions pages.)
BODY OF THE MANUSCRIPT
The body of the manuscript must be organized into a format appropriate for the type of article using bold headings as listed in the following table:
|Primary Research||Literature Reviews||Case Reports||Clinical Techniques|
|Materials & Methods||Review Results||Case Description||Technique|
|Conclusions||Clinical Significance||Clinical Significance||Clinical Significance|
Acknowledgment of the source of any funding for the research associated with the article should be listed here along with a statement that the research was approved by an appropriate human subject research committee when appropriate. An additional acknowledgement of support provided by other individuals, organizations, institutions is left to the discretion of the author.
Bibliography should list references in order of their appearance in the text (not alphabetically) and should follow PubMed Central guidelines along with Vancouver Style. Visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pmcdoc/tagging-guidelines/article/style.html and search for specific reference citations under the section “Fully-Tagged Citations”. Point 2.3 needs to be followed. All references must be cited in the text in superscript. The examples of the references have been mentioned below:
Abstract: Shrivastava S, Sakale H, Dulani R, Singh PK, Sanrakhia M. Role of decompression in late presentation of cervical spinal cord disorders. Asian Spine J 2014 Apr;8(2):183-189.
Authored Book: Keith H Bridwell, Ronald L DeWald. The textbook of spinal surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2011. 2112 p.
Article or Chapter in an Edited Book: Suken A Shah, Harvey Smith. Operative treatment of neuromuscular spinal deformity. In: Thomas JE, Baron SL, Andrew WM., editors. Surgical Management of Spinal Deformities. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier, 2009;p 157-166.
Article in an Edited Book with Volume: Mayer M. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: A surgical manual. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer 2005;2 496 p.
Ali A Baaj, Praveen V Mummaneni. Handbook of Spine Surgery. 2011, 480 p. Available at: http://books.google.co.in/books/about/Handbook_of_Spine_Surgery.html?id=-MRYK8l40SYCandredir_esc=y
Place the number of the references at the end of the sentence to which the reference is related. Use commas to separate multiple reference numbers. For example:
"Bond strength of composite resin to dentin is influenced by the presence of a smear layer.4,5,8-15
If more than one reference is contained in a sentence, then number the reference immediately following the text that refers to the reference. For example:
"Bailey2 found that 46% showed signs of metastasis while Varner3 found only 28%."
FIGURES AND LEGENDS
Photographs must be in color; in focus, free of distracting artifacts, and consistent in exposure. Place any required labels or arrows on images prior to uploading. Images must be at least 600 by 450 pixels (proportional height) in size when in landscape orientation with a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch. Graphs should be approximately 500 pixels wide so that all labeling can be read with data points clearly visible. Substantially larger images must be avoided to prevent file transmission and electronic manuscript processing errors. Radiographs, drawings, and graphs can be in black and white but color images are preferred.
File names for images must be clearly labeled according to the order in which they appear, (fig-01, fig-02 etc.). Images can only be submitted in TIFF, PSD, and JPEG file formats. If images are produced in PowerPoint, then they must be saved as a JPEG file before uploading during the submission process.
All images are to be placed in numerical order following the reference list and accompanied by a legend describing the content of the image as follows:
Fig. 9: Histologic features demonstrating perivascular eosinophilic condensation and hyalinization (H&E stain at 20x magnification).
Call outs must be placed in the body of the manuscript to indicate where an image is to be located. Example:
“The giant cells were seen multifocally rather than evenly dispersed throughout the background stroma. Of particular note, blood vessels within the stroma showed a prominent condensation and hyalinization of the peripheral collagen (Figure 9).”
Tables are placed in numerical order at the end of the manuscript following the list of figures. A legend is to accompany all tables and call outs are to be placed in the body of the text to indicate where the table is to be located in the article.
The tables function in Microsoft Word is to be used to create data tables rather than using columns of tabbed information. Example:
Title page must be placed as the first page of the manuscript text file and should contain the following information:
Table 2: Baseline demographic characteristics of subjects who completed the study.
Once all of the preparation is complete and you have all of the information and files ready for submission, please go to the Homepage and register as an author. Then, follow the steps for submission. Once the submission is completed you will be notified of its status in the review process. That process requires approximately 10-12 weeks. Authors will receive the results of that review when it has been completed.
If you need assistance with the submission of your manuscript at our electronic submission site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.