Journal Information

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.

Spinal Cord covers a range of subject areas, to read content across the scope of the journal view the journal's subjects page here.

12 issues a year

Our publishing models  
Spinal Cord is a Transformative Journal (TJ). When research is accepted for publication, authors can choose to publish using either the traditional publishing route OR via immediate gold Open Access. 

Spinal Cord is actively committed to becoming a fully Open Access journal. We will increase the number of articles we publish OA, with the eventual goal of becoming a fully Open Access journal. A journal that commits to this process is known as a Transformative Journal. 

Find out more about Transformative Journals

Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates. If your research is supported by a funder that requires immediate open access (e.g. according to Plan S principles) then you should select the gold OA route, and we will direct you to the compliant route where possible. For authors selecting the subscription publication route our standard licensing terms will need to be accepted including our self-archiving policies. Those standard licensing terms will supersede any other terms that the author or any third party may assert apply to any version of the manuscript.

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 2020 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 - 30 days
Average time from submission to acceptance - 126 days
Average time from acceptance to publication - 15 days
Article page views - 1,429,474
Altmetric mentions - 1,384

The 2020 journal citation metrics for Spinal Cord are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor*: 2.772
5-year Impact Factor*: 2.819
Immediacy index*: 0.639
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.00504
Article influence score*: 0.631
JCR Rank*: 22/68 Rehabilitation; 132/208 Clinical Neurology
Journal Citation Score*: 0.88
SNIP: 1.363
SJR: 0.883

*2020 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2021)

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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