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Scoliosis Journal and Spinal Disorders  About the Scoliosis Journal and Spinal Disorders
 

 

Almost two years after the formation of SOSORT, the board made a wise decision to initiate a scientific journal in new world of the Open Access publications. This was a very important step towards SOSORT's international establishment as a rigorous and influential Society in its field.

Now our BMC Open Access journal is running live for the 10th, launched in 2006, with the publication of the editorial: "Scoliosis: a journal dedicated to multidisciplinary research on prevention, control, treatment of scoliosis and other spinal deformities, Scoliosis 2006, 1:1 (31 March 2006) by Hans-Rudolf Weiss the first Editor in Chief. Dr Weiss worked hard to organize and establish this journal and the journal will forever honor him.

The author of this short historical note started as a reader in the journal, then appointed as an Associate Editor and subsequently on July 2008 was appointed as the Editor in Chief working until the present time. Since these nearly 7.5 years, the editorial board was increased including eminent members of spinal world and numerous research articles were published on non-operative treatment of Scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Subsequently, the journal opened its "doors" to surgical treatment of spinal deformities, being initially focused only in conservative treatment, before the following text was written under the aim of the journal: The "Scoliosis", the official journal of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) <http://www.sosort.mobi/>, is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of research on prevention, control, conservative and surgical treatment of scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Scoliosis aims to provide an integrated and balanced view of diagnostic, research and treatment procedures to enhance effective collaboration among specialists in this rapidly growing field world-wide.

During these years the following five thematic Series were developed:

 

Brace Technology

<http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/series/brace_technology> a Collection published initially on 28 January 2010

This thematic series was introduced then with the following introduction: Bracing is the main non-surgical intervention in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis during growth, in hyperkyphosis (and Scheuermann disease) and occasionally for spondylolisthesis; it can be used in adult scoliosis, in the elderly when pathological curves lead to a forward leaning posture or in adults after traumatic injuries. Bracing can be defined as the application of external corrective forces to the trunk; rigid supports or elastic bands can be used and braces can be custom-made or prefabricated. The state of research in the field of conservative treatment is insufficient and while it can be stated that there is some evidence to support bracing, we must also acknowledge that today we do not have a common and generally accepted knowledge base, instead, individual expertise still prevails, giving rise to different schools of thought on brace construction and principles of correction. The only way to improve the knowledge and understanding of brace type and brace function is to establish a single and comprehensive source of information about bracing. This is what Scoliosis is going to do through the "Brace Technology" Thematic Series, where technical papers coming from the different schools will be published.

 

Rehabilitation Schools for Scoliosis

<http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/series/rehabilitation_schools> a Collection published on 24 December 2010 and Updated in 5 February 2015 

This thematic series was introduced with the following introduction: The Scoliosis Rehabilitation model begins with the correct diagnosis and evaluation of the patient, to make treatment decisions oriented to the patient. The treatment is based on observation, education, scoliosis specific exercises and bracing. The state of research in the field of conservative treatment is evolving insufficiently. There is some evidence supporting scoliosis specific exercises as a part of the rehabilitation treatment, however the evidence is poor and the different methods are not known by most of the scientific community. The only way to improve the knowledge and understanding of the different physiotherapy methodologies (specific exercises) integrated into the whole rehabilitation program, is to establish a single and comprehensive source of information about it.

 

School Screening for Scoliosis

<http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/series/schoolscreening> a Collection published on 1 November 2013 and Updated on 6 December 2014 

This thematic series now includes 15 articles on school screening, a useful tool for understanding of idiopathic scoliosis aetiology, selection of asymmetric children and early diagnosing of scoliosis enabling the non-operative treatment to become effective and also maintaining the spine mobile and not fused as is the case in the severe deformity needing fusion as a treatment option.

 

SOSORT Consensus & Guidelines articles

<http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/series/SOSORT> a Collection published on 1 July 2013 and Updated on 7 March 2015. This thematic series was created with the following introduction: Scoliosis, the official publication of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) <http://www.sosort.mobi/>, has published several key Consensus & Guidelines articles or guidelines from society meetings and workshops over the years. These resources are open to the public and accessible from PubMed and other repositories such as PubMed Central.

 

Aetiology of Idiopathic Scoliosis

<http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/series/aetiology> Edited by: Prof. Peter Dangerfield, Prof. Richard Burwell, Dr Theodoros B. Grivas, a Collection published: 8 May 2013 and Updated on 27 January 2015.  This thematic series is a very important one as we are still treating scoliosis symptomatically and not aetiologically.

Indexed (ISSN: 1748-7161)

All articles published in Scoliosis are included in: Citebase, DOAJ, Google Scholar, OAIster, PubMed, PubMed Central, SCImago, Scopus, SOCOLAR and Zetoc. The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives <http://www.biomedcentral.com/libraries/archive> including e-Depot <http://www.kb.nl/expertise/e-depot-en-digitale-duurzaamheid> (The Netherlands). The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink <http://link.springer.com/>. ISSN: 1748-7161

 

Society affiliations

The official journal of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and so far affiliated with the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities (IRSSD), Hellenic Spine Society (HSS), Italian Scoliosis and Spine Study Group (GSS) and the Italian Physiotherapist Association (AIFI).

 

User statistics 

Article alerts inform registrants when a new article has been published in the journal, and contain direct links to the recent publications. Alerts are sent out to registrants on a time basis of their preference. 

Peer-review times - median number of days to first decision of the journal. We aim to have a decision on a manuscript within 42 days from submission.

The acceptance rate is approximately 85%. 

 

Journal ranking 

The SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank 2013 ranks Scoliosis in the following subject category: Orthopedics and Sports Medicine: 97th out of 219 journals. 

Thomson Reuters (ISI) – Journal Citation Report status Scoliosis was submitted to Thomson Reuters for Impact Factor tracking in 2009, a decision to track or reject the journal has not yet been made.  

The year 2015 was the most successful in terms of article submissions, with two more months remaining and already having 30 published articles. 

 

Recently BMC, published the journal, in an attempt to develop it further and help it to get an official IF decided to extend the scope of the journal and for this extended scope to appoint an additional Chief co-editor.

The name of the journal was then changed to fit the extended scope and was named “Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders”. 

After a very careful and comprehensive process, BMC's administration and SOSORT's Board, based on several qualitative and quantitative criterias, appointed a new Editor in chief, the Associate Prof. Dino Samartzis, who is currently working in the University of Hong Kong.

 

We hope that in the near future working together, the journal will further develop, with your contribution helping SOSORT to strengthen its heritage which was created and is in a great degree based on this journal.

 

Dr Theodoros B GRIVAS, MD, PhD

Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders EiC