Outstanding Paper Awards

The Spine Journal and NASS created the Outstanding Paper Awards in 1989 to recognize excellence in unpublished research in spine care.

What You Need to KNOW:


Each year, NASS and The Spine Journal offer up to four awards of $10,000 to recognize excellence in unpublished spine care research in four categories:

  • Basic Science
  • Surgical Science
  • Medical & Interventional Science
  • Value in Spine Care

Dates & Details

  • Deadline for The Spine Journal’s 2022 Outstanding Paper Awards entries is January 24, 2022.
  • All entries are reviewed for publication in The Spine Journal and must not be submitted to another journal while under consideration at TSJ.
  • The competition is open to all authors; NASS membership is not required.
  • Winning manuscripts receive a $10,000 prize. Winning authors are asked to present their papers and will be honored during the NASS Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • Guidelines for submitting original research are available in The Spine Journal’s Instructions for Authors.
  • Papers should be submitted via Elsevier’s electronic manuscript submission system. Additional author information is available on this EES site. For other questions about manuscript submission and tracking, please contact Managing Editor, Taylor Bowen.
  • Good luck!