Spinal Cord is a specialised, international journal that has been publishing spinal cord related manuscripts since 1963. It appears monthly, online and in print, and accepts contributions on spinal cord anatomy, physiology and management of injury and disease. Spinal Cord is multi-disciplinary and publishes contributions on basic science, clinical and applied studies, psychology and epidemiology of spinal disorders. It publishes high quality original papers and topical reviews.

Spinal Cord's sister journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases publishes case reports, small case series, letters to the editor, book reviews and material of national or local interest. For more information, please see the aims and scope of Spinal Cord Series and Cases.

Online issue

Volume 55, No 8
August 2017

ISSN: 1362-4393
EISSN: 1476-5624

2016 Impact Factor 1.87*
130/194 Clinical Neurology
18/65 Rehabilitation

Professor Lisa Harvey

*2016 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)



Author Benefits of publishing in Spinal Cord

  • Official journal of the International Spinal Cord Society and of the Deutsche Medizinische Gesellschaft für Paraplegie (DMGP).
  • Included in top indexing databases and has an impact factor of 1.546
  • 619 papers published in the journal in the last three years have been cited 1,391 times!
  • The journal website is hosted on www.nature.com that gets 9.4 million unique users per month
  • Over 53,000 table of contents registrants and over 1.2 million webpage views to the journal webpage itself in 2015
  • Easy and quick online submission system
  • Rapid and rigorous peer review
  • Articles published online ahead of print within 25 days of acceptance
  • Open access publication option available to authors
  • Free online supplementary material publication option available
  • Free manuscript deposition service to Pub Med Central on behalf of non-open access authors
  • Embargo period of just 6 months for all non-open access authors
  • The journal content is regularly promoted alongside that of the Nature branded titles on NPG’s subject pages and in collections as well as via social media
  • NPG has a number of regional websites reaching a wide and varied audience demographic www.nature.com/regions

Spinal Cord has a new look: a new front cover every month!

We are accepting figures/pictures/photos from authors that have their articles accepted in the journal.
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Open access

Open Access Publication

Authors of research articles can opt to pay an article processing charge (APC) for their accepted articles to be open access online immediately upon publication. Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.
Visit our Open Research Site for detailed information about publishing open access.



International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Data Sets are part of an initiative to develop a universal language for SCI centres worldwide. Their purpose is to standardize the collection and reporting of a minimal amount of information necessary to evaluate and compare results from different clinical studies.

All articles that are directly related to the International Spinal Cord Injury Data Sets may be downloaded for free from the SCI Data Sets page.


Every paper ever published in Spinal Cord or its predecessor Paraplegia is now accessible online. The digitization of the issues published prior to 1997 was fully funded by the charity SPIRIT and we are grateful for their support.

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ICCP panel: Guidelines for the conduct of clinical trials for spinal cord injury

Read the guidelines for the conduct of clinical trials published by Spinal Cord in association with the ICCP and visit the ICCP website

1. Spontaneous recovery after spinal cord injury and statistical power needed for therapeutic clinical trials FREE

2. Clinical trial outcome measures FREE

3. Clinical trial inclusion/exclusion criteria and ethics FREE

4. Clinical trial design FREE

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Please visit the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) website for a document written for the general public on experimental treatments for spinal cord injury, and practical advice about participating in clinical trials


Calendar of Events

For information on upcoming meetings, visit our Calendar of Events



Spinal Cord publishes regular, comprehensive, Review articles on topics relevant to spinal disorders. Read the latest Reviews here



Spinal Cord publishes regular, comprehensive, Review articles on topics relevant to spinal disorders. Read the latest Reviews here