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  About the Society
The Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) was launched on the 18th December 1985. The aim of ASSI is to bring all the spine surgeons together under one umbrella and to promote scientific spine care, both surgical and non-surgical, in India through the medium of national, regional and local meetings, symposia, CMEs, workshops and conferences. At present the association has 2500 members.
ASSI’s Motto is “if we are doing it, let us do it better”. The association promotes any spine related scientific activity, anywhere in India. ASSI has also helped in the formation of local spine bodies.
ASSI has been implementing two year fellowship programs in centres across India. ASSI also conducts outreach programs across the country and has come out with its journal, capacity development program, textbook as well as monographs. The society has been a strong propagator of research and has launched research grant awards, established a Spine Registry and a mobile application (ASSI Connect) based case discussion forum.
ASSI also plans to come out with elearnspine.org. It will have two versions – one for spine experts and the other for consumers. The aim of this project is to develop a web-based teaching and educational resource which will up-skill and educate those responsible for patient management and which will ultimately lead to improvements in the care and management of people with Spinal ailments around the world. The web site of ASSI is www.assi.in
  About the Journal

Indian Spine Journal (ISJ), the official publication of the “Association of Spine Surgeons of India”, has started publishing the said journal from 2018 onward. The journal is published on bi-annually basis in Jan and July every year by Wolters Kluwer India Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, one of the largest open access publishers worldwide.
The journal’s full text is available online at http://www.isjonline.com. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, Netherlands ISSN centre, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

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Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

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Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


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  Scope of the journal

Indian Spine Journal is a peer-reviewed medical journal published on behalf of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI). It would be of interest not only to practicing Spine surgeons (both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery) but also the allied fields of neurology, neurophysiology, and rehabilitation from all over the World. The journal covers basic research, clinical and technical studies related to health, ethical and social issues in the field of Spine and related care.

The journal publishes several types of articles including original research papers, reviews, case series, case reports, technical reports, and short communications. Letters to Editor are encouraged. State of the art reviews on a given aspect of the Spine is published as a Symposium by luminaries in the field from all over the Globe. There is a 'Spine Clinic' section as part of the symposium which highlights some clinical case scenarios with the rationale of intervention and outcome on the given topic.

Only those manuscripts which have not been published or submitted elsewhere considered.

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