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Instructional Course: Getting your work published in Spinal Cord: tips from the Editor.

Track 2
Saturday, September 5, 2020
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Auditorium - Track 2


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Prof Lisa Harvey
University Of Sydney

Getting your work published in Spinal Cord: Tips from the Editor


Learning Objectives:
Following this session participants will be able to:
• List the publication priorities of Spinal Cord
• Explain the process from submission to publication
• Write a strong rebuttal letter to reviewers’ comments
• Summarise the key methodological features of different types of studies
• Provide examples of common errors when reporting studies
• Explain the rationale for moving away from p values
• Outline the importance of using the Equator reporting guidelines
• List some of the key ethical issues in publication
• Benefits of publishing in Spinal Cord

Course Outline (90 mins):
60 min: Key tips for getting your work published in Spinal Cord
30 min: Question and answer session

Spinal Cord is the Official Journal of the International Spinal Cord Society. It commenced in 1963 and currently appears monthly online and in print. It 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.

This workshop will be of interest to those wishing to better understand the publication priorities of the journal and how decisions about suitability for publication are made. It will briefly outline the publication process from time of submission to publication, and the importance of writing a strong rebuttal letter. Some time will also be devoted to summarizing the key methodological issues important for different types of studies. The session will also provide examples of common requests made to authors such as removing excessive precision (eg. “mean age of 54.327 years” or “32.54% of participants”) and using person-centered language. There will be some discussion around the move away from over-reliance on p values and the encouragement of point estimates (with measures of variability). Delegates will also be introduced to the many different Equator reporting guidelines and some of the key ethical issues in publication. Finally, delegates will be provided with ample time to ask questions and/or provide suggestions about the future direction of the journal.

Recommended content level: Intermediate

Target audience: Clinicians and researchers

Prerequisites: Those who are interested and/or experience in getting studies published in Spinal Cord

Conflicts of Interest: The speaker declares no conflicts of interest


Professor Lisa Harvey (PhD) has 20 years clinical experience in spinal cord injuries. She currently holds an academic position at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney where she teaches, runs her own research program and supervisors PhD students. She teaches widely both nationally and internationally, and is Editor-in-Chief of Spinal Cord.