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How to Do a Quality Manuscript Review

Starts: Mon 8:00AM CT (May 02, 2016) Ends: Mon 8:00AM CT (May 02, 2016) OnDemand

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Spine Journal reviewers make important contributions to spine science for the benefit of patients and practitioners worldwide. TSJ has rapidly become the world's leading scientific spine publication thanks to superior efforts of authors, reviewers and editors. As a result, submissions to The Spine Journal are at an all-time high and so is demand for high quality primary manuscript reviews.

To support TSJ reviewers whose time is valuable and often scarce, Spine Journal Editors provide helpful and timesaving advice on how to critique manuscripts based on specific criteria. They discuss current peer-reviewer guidelines for TSJ and scientific journals, suggest helpful resources, and provide examples of best ways to communicate constructive comments and recommendations to authors and editors.


Conor O’Neill, MD
Deputy Editor


Eric Hurwitz, DC, PhD
Deputy Editor

Eeric Truumees, MD
Deputy Editor

Michael Stauff, MD
Deputy Editor

Taylor Bowen
Managing Editor

What You'll Learn

Life-Cycle of a Manuscript

What Makes a Good Manuscript? Quality Checklists for Reviewers

Statistical Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation: What to Look (and Look Out) For

Importance of Good Reviews (and How Bad Ones Impact the Process)

Elements of a Good Review

The Reader's Perspective

Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers


This course is open to all members and nonmembers. Spine Journal Reviewers receive free registration and NASS Members receive a discounted registration rate.

Spine Journal Reviewers can receive free registration by emailing registration@spine.org and requesting complimentary registration to participate in the course.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)s

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The North American Spine Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Bowen, Taylor: Nothing to disclose. Hurwitz, Eric: Consulting: RAND Corporation (B), Western University of Health Sciences (B), National Institutes of Health (A), Southern California University of Health Sciences (B), The North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees (B); Trips/Travel: Global Spine Care Initiative (B), RAND Corporation (B); Other Office: The Spine Journal (Deputy Editor); Research Support - Investigator Salary: National Institutes of Health (B, Paid directly to institution/employer); Other: Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (Chair of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research Data and Safety Monitoring Committee), World Spine Care (Co-chair of the World Spine Care Research Committee), Global Spine Care Initiative (Member of the Global Spine Care Initiative Scientific Secretariat). O'Neill, Conor: Stock Ownership: Relievant (0.17%), Nocimed (0.70%). Stauff, Michael: Nothing to Disclose Truumees, Eeric: Royalties: Stryker Spine (C); Stock Ownership: Doctor's Research Group (<1%); Private Investments: IP Evolutions (33%); Board of Directors: North American Spine Society (Travel expenses); Other Office: AAOS Communications Cabinet (Incoming Editor-in-Chief of AAOS Now, AAOS Communications Cabinet, travel expenses); Research Support - Investigator Salary: Relievant (B, Paid directly to institution/employer); Research Support - Staff and/or Materials: Globus (B, Paid directly to institution/employer); Other: Stryker Biotech (None, Paid directly to institution/employer).

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Registration: General Registration

 Commercial Affiliate$0.00
 Commercial Business Interest$59.00
 Member Affiliated Healthcare$0.00
 Member Doctor$0.00
 Member Emeritus$0.00
 Member In-Training$0.00
 Non-Member Affiliated Healthcare$39.00
 Non-Member Doctor$59.00
 Non-Member In-Training$39.00



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