Anthony T. Yeung, , MD
orthopedic spine surgeon Desert Institute for Spine Care Arizona, USA
Siavash S. Haghighi, , PhD
Director, Clinical Neurodiagnostic Department
Sharp HealthCare, USA
Afrooz Afghani, , PhD, MPH Professorial Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences The George Washington University, Milken Institute of Public Health
Index Copernicus Value: 84.15
Journal Impact Factor 1.5*
As the new Editor –in Chief and editorial board member, I am pleased to encourage my predominantly Asian Spine Fellows to submit articles for this new open access Journal that I have found to be very easy to work with. Their Journal coordinator, Alex Stewart is very attentive to your questions and responds in a timely manner.
Good level 4 and 5 expert opinion research articles, editorials, and short communications to the Journal are especially welcome. Many of the prestigious Journals with high impact factors now only accept level 1, 2, and 3 EBM articles that are more difficult to get published because of the volume of submissions. I am a reviewer for Spine, and note that the number of rejections in these prestigious subscription Journals is high because of the sheer number of submissions, often supported by academic institutions with supporting staff.
All level 1 and 2 EBM articles start, however, with level 5 expert opinion! There is a need for articles on the diagnosis and treatment of common painful conditions of an aging spine, starting with common back pain that is needed by tens of millions of patients in every country, especially in countries outside the US and Europe where expenditures on spinal care is approximately 10 times less per capita compared to North America. There are very good research papers coming from OUS researchers that deserve publication in open access Journals such as the Journal of Spine.
In the US, new procedures tend to “follow the money” and the support by industry. In Asian and OUS countries, there is more emphasis on non-surgical treatment and safety as well as result. New and non-traditional treatments based on science is ideal for open access Journals like the Journal of Spine.
My work Focuses on the surgical treatment of the pain source, more than the current dependence on a review of the literature that emphasizes Imaging, followed by decompression, stabilization, and Fusion. Patient selection will be aided by using diagnostic and therapeutic injections, preferably by the surgeon, to identify the likely hood of surgical success when the pain source is targeted.
I invite you to read the articles published in the Journal of Spine and welcome you to bring your research to the Journal of spine.
Anthony T Yeung., M.D.
*2019 Journal Impact Factor was established by dividing the number of articles published in 2017 and 2018 with the number of times they are cited in 2019 based on Google Scholar Citation Index database. If 'X' is the total number of articles published in 2017 and 2018, and 'Y' is the number of times these articles were cited in indexed journals during 2019 then, journal impact factor = Y/X