NASS Insider


August 11, 2020


NASSJ Offers Original Research plus Novel Content on Controversies, Spine Surgery Education, Legacy, Evolution and more


The new NASS open access journal, NASSJ, recently published its first issue at www.nassopenaccess.org. Readers and prospective authors have the opportunity to experience traditional and unique article types through this new publication including:
  • Clinical Studies: Clinical studies are previously unpublished manuscripts in areas ranging from clinical techniques/outcomes to cadaveric studies to diagnostic imaging. These can include negative studies, where the message has clinical significance.
  • Translational/Basic Science Studies: Translational/ basic sciences studies are previously unpublished manuscripts in areas ranging from cellular/molecular biology studies to preclinical animal studies.
  • Clinical Case Studies: Clinical case reports and case series are previously unpublished manuscripts reporting on unique cases with clear learning points that present a single or series of cases and include a review of the related literature. These can describe complication cases with lessons learned/pearls for avoidance. These can include papers that focus on novel surgical techniques.
  • Systematic Reviews/Meta-analyses: Systematic reviews and meta-analyses require a standard methodology.
  • Controversies in Spine Care: Papers dedicated to the presentation of cases representing classic scenarios in spine surgery in which multiple therapeutic approaches are possible. Such illustrative cases should be followed by a rigorous discussion about the available level of evidence of each approach, the current practice standards and guidelines on the field, as well as on ongoing efforts and future prospects for improving the level of scientific evidence which may substantially affect decision-making for such specific situation.
  • Invited Reviews: Papers discussing relevant spine topics, particularly in emerging areas of spine research and care.
  • Critiques of the Classics: Papers that review prior classic papers on the field and interpret these in the context of current interpretations and evidence.
  • Spine Surgery Legacy and Evolution: Papers focused on the history of spine care about, for example, a leader in spine care and their impact on the field. Alternatively, this could be about the evolution and success or passing of a technology, a technique, an approach, etc.
  • Spine Surgery Education: Papers focused not only on new approaches or data on educational approaches related to the field of spine care. This would ideally include aspects of international educational efforts and their ultimate effect on quality outcomes and productivity measures.
  • Practice of Spine Care: Papers focused on studies on the business of medicine, cost-effectiveness analysis, patient reported outcomes, as well as on the implications of health care policies, reimbursement, and health care structure around the world on the practice and the quality of the delivered
  • Commentaries: NASSJ Editors may solicit commentaries on NASSJ content or current spine care topics and issues. Target text length is 1,500 words.
  • Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor are strongly encouraged to foster open dialogue between our readers, authors and editors. Letters that address material previously published in NASSJ may be followed by responses from the author of the work being discussed and/or the Editor. All reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the original manuscript authors are given an opportunity to reply to any comments expressed about their work.
While NASSJ content is open for all readers, members of NASS interested in submitting content receive a significant benefit through membership of a 25% discount on article processing charges (APCs):
  • NASS Member Discount on Research Articles: $525.00
  • NASS Member Discount on Case Reports: $225.00
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