About Us

The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery (www.jtss.org), is the official publication of the Turkish Spinal Surgery So¬ciety. First journal was printed on January, in 1990. It is a double-blind peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal for the physicians who deal with spinal diseases and publishes original studies which offer significant contributions to the development of the spinal knowledge. The journal publis¬hes original scientific research articles, invited reviews and case reports that are accepted by the Editorial Board, in English.

The journal is published once in every three months and a vo¬lume consists of four issues.

The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery is published four times a year: on January, April, July, and October.

The Turkish Spinal Surgery Society was established in 1989 in Izmir (Turkey) by the pioneering efforts of Prof. Dr. Emin Alıcı and other a few members. The objectives of the society were to: - establish a platform for exchange of information/ experience between Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialists and Neurosurgeons who deal with spinal surgery - increase the number of physicians involved in spinal surgery and to establish spinal surgery as a sophisticated medical discipline in Turkey - follow the advances in the field of spinal surgery and to communicate this information to members - organize international and national congresses, symposia and workshops to improve education in the field - establish standardization in training on spinal surgery - encourage scientific research on spinal surgery and publish journals and books on this field - improve the standards of spinal surgery nationally, and therefore make contributions to spinal surgery internationally.

The main objective of the Journal is to improve the level of knowledge and experience among Turkish medical society in general and among those involved with spinal surgery in particular. Also, the Journal aims at communicating the advances in the field, scientific congresses and meetings, new journals and books to its subscribers. The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery is as old as the Turkish Spinal Surgery Society.

The first congress organized by the Society took place in Çeşme, Izmir, coincident with the publication of the first four issues. Authors were encouraged by the Society to prepare original articles from the studies presented in international congresses organized by the Society every two years, and these articles were published in the Journal. The Journal publishes clinical or basic research, invited reviews, and case presentations after approval by the Editorial Board. Articles are published after at least two reviewers review them. Editorial Board has the right to accept, to ask for revision, or to refuse manuscripts.

The Journal is issued every three months, and one volume is completed with every four issue. Associate Editors and Editor in Chief are responsible in reviewing and approving material that is published. Responsibility for the problems associated with research ethics or medico-legal issues regarding the content, information and conclusions of the articles lies with the authors, and the editor or the editorial board bears no responsibility. In line with the increasing expectations of scientific communities and the society, improved awareness about research ethics and medico-legal responsibilities forms the basis of our publication policy.

Citations must always be referenced in articles published in our journal. Our journal fully respects to the patient rights, and therefore care is exercised in completion of patient consent forms; no information about the identity of the patient is disclosed; and photographs are published with eye-bands. Ethics committee approval is a prerequisite. Any financial support must clearly be disclosed. Also, our Journal requests from the authors that sponsors do not interfere in the evaluation, selection, or editing of individual articles, and that part or whole of the article cannot be published elsewhere without written permission.

The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery is available to the members of the society and subscribers free of charge. Membership fees, congresses, and the advertisements appearing in the journal meet the publication and distribution costs.

The advertisement fees are based on actual pricing. The Editorial Board has the right for signing contracts with one or more financial organizations for sponsorship. However, sponsors cannot interfere in the scientific content and design of the journal, and in selection, publication order, or editing of individual articles.

The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery agrees to comply with the "Global Compact" initiative of the UN, and this has been notified to the UN. Therefore, VI our journal has a full respect to human rights in general, and patient rights in particular, in addition to animal rights in experiments; and these principles are an integral part of our publication policy.

Recent advances in clinical research necessitate more sophisticated statistical methods, well-designed research plans, and more refined reporting. Scientific articles, as in other types of articles, represent not only an accomplishment, but also a creative process.

The quality of a report depends on the quality of the design and management of the research. Well-designed questions or hypotheses are associated with the design. Well-designed hypotheses reflect the design, and the design reflects the hypothesis. Two factors that determine the efficiency of a report are focus and shortness. Drawing the attention to limited number of subjects allows the author to focus on critical issues. Avoidance from repetitions (apart from a few exceptions), a simple language, and correct grammar are a key to preparing a concise text. Only few articles need to exceed 3000 words, and longer articles may be accepted when new methods are being reported or literature is being reviewed.

Although authors should avoid complexity, the critical information for effective communication usually means the repetition of questions (or hypotheses or key subjects). Questions must be stated in Abstract, Introduction and Discussion sections, and the answers should be mentioned in Abstract, Results, and Discussion sections. Although many journals issue written instructions for the formatting of articles, the style of the authors shows some variance, mainly due to their writing habits.

The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery adopts the AMA style as a general instruction for formatting. However, not many authors have adequate time for learning this style. Thus, our journal is tolerant to personal style within the limitations of correct grammar and plain and efficient communication.