About the Journal

Aims and scope of journal
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, management of injury and disease, and the quality of life and life circumstances of people with a spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord is multi-disciplinary and publishes contributions across the entire spectrum of research ranging from basic science to applied clinical research. It focuses on high quality original research, systematic reviews and narrative reviews.

Spinal Cord's sister journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases: Clinical Management in Spinal Cord Disorders publishes high quality case reports, small case series, pilot and retrospective studies perspectives, Pulse survey articles, Point-couterpoint articles, correspondences and book reviews. It specialises in material that addresses all aspects of life for persons with spinal cord injuries or disorders. For more information, please see the aims and scope of Spinal Cord Series and Cases.

A few words from the Editor-in-Chief
Watch this 4-minute video from the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Lisa Harvey. In this video she introduces herself and outlines the scope and vision of the journal.

12 issues a year

Journal Metrics
Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2018 peer review performance metrics for Spinal Cord are shown below:

  • Average time to decision without external review - 2 days
  • Average time to decision following external review - 29 days
  • 30,000 recipients in receipt of the monthly electronic table of contents alert.
  • Over 570,000 views to journal articles per year.

The 2019 journal metrics* for Spinal Cord are as follows:

  • 2-year Impact Factor: 1.898
  • Journal Rank: 143/199 Clinical Neurology | 26/65 Rehabilitation
  • 5-year Impact Factor: 2.080
  • Immediacy index: 0.493
  • Eigenfactor® score: 0.00574
  • Article Influence Score: 0.514

*2018 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)

Abstracted/indexed in

EBSCO Discovery Service
Google Scholar
Summon by ProQuest
Current Contents/Clinical Medicine
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
EBSCO Academic Search
EBSCO Advanced Placement Source
EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
EBSCO Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source


International standard serial number (ISSN) for Spinal Cord: 1362-4393
Electronic international standard serial number (eISSN): 1476-5624.

Prior to volume 34 issue 4 (1996), the journal was published as Paraplegia.


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