Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Instructions for Authors

Purpose of the Journal

Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (TSCIR)
is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study and dissemination of practical and theoretical information related to the subject of spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The journal reviews and reports on clinical practices, state-of-the-art concepts, and new developments in spinal cord injury patient care and research. Both primary research papers and comprehensive reviews of existing literature are included. The objective of each issue is to summarize and synthesize current knowledge on a selected timely topic in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and to present current research articles of interest to the spinal cord injury professional.

  • TSCIR is indexed in PUBMED Central, EMBASE, the Excerpta Medica database; CINAHL, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature; Psychological Abstracts; PsycINFO; PsycLIT; and OT Bibsys.
  • The TSCIR Online Archive is fully indexed and includes all articles from 1997 to present.

Open Access Policy

There are no submission fees for this journal. However, authors of peer-reviewed articles who choose to have their articles posted with immediate open access upon publication may request this only after an article is accepted for publication. There will be a charge of $2,800 USD per article, which must be paid within 30 days of acceptance. To initiate immediate open access upon publication, contact

Manuscript Submission

TSCIR follows the uniform submission requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE; and the reporting guidelines for health research (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research [EQUATOR];

TSCIR uses the Editorial Manager online manuscript submission system. To access Editorial Manager click here. A brief registration is required. During submission, authors will be required to confirm their adherence to all ethics and reporting requirements. Forms and further information are available in the Editorial Manager system. If you have any difficulty with uploading your manuscript or have any questions about the process, you can contact

Manuscript Submission Checklist
Incomplete submissions will be returned to the author for correction prior to editor assignment.

Title Page
__Title of article
__Author names and affiliations
__Corresponding author indicated, with current contact information
__Disclosures including:

Conflicts of interest*
Financial support/disclosures*
Statement of ethics*
Reporting guidelines*
Device status*
Clinical trials registration number (if applicable)
Manuscript (with title but without author identifiers)
__Double-spaced with line numbers
__Abstract (see Manuscript Organization for length requirements)
__References in AMA style
__Figure captions
__Supplemental material (optional)

Conditions of Submission form (includes Copyright Transfer)

ICMJE Disclosure form

Reprint Permission form (if applicable)

Adult Model Release form, Minor Model Release form (if applicable)

* These items are also included in the Conditions for Submission form.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document file. The text should be double-spaced and ragged right (not right justified) throughout (including tables, references, and figure captions). Sequential page numbering should begin with the abstract. Do not insert any section breaks within the document. To facilitate peer review, please add line numbers to the document.

To ensure blinded peer-review, no direct references to the author(s) or institution of origin should be made anywhere in the text, acknowledgments, tables, figure captions, or figures.

TSICR follows the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 10th ed. Include the name and location (city and state in USA; city and country outside USA) of the manufacturer of any drug, supply, or equipment mentioned in the manuscript. Laboratory slang and clinical jargon should be avoided. Keep unique abbreviations to a minimum. Spell out the full term for each abbreviation at first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measure.

Manuscript Organization

TSCIR uses a double-blind peer-review process. The title page, which contains author information, will not be provided to the reviewers. The blinded manuscript should begin with the title, followed by the abstract, key words, text, references, tables, figure captions, and figures. (Acknowledgments should appear only on the title page. They will be added to the manuscript after peer-review.) The submission can also include appendices and/or supplementary digital content.

Title Page
The title page is a separate document with the following information. (Note: This information will not be included in the pdf that is sent to reviewers.)
1. Title of article
2. Names and degrees of all authors
Mary Smith, MD1
Fred Jones, PhD2
3. Affiliations
1Department of Physical Education, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
2Department of Neurology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
4. Complete mailing and e-mail addresses for corresponding author
5. Abstract
Type the word “Abstract” on one line and then begin the content of the abstract on the next line. Follow the guidelines in the Article Categories and Requirements section.
6. Key words
7. Disclosures (including statement of conflicts of interest, financial disclosures [grants and financial support], adherence to ethics requirements and reporting guidelines, and clinical trials registration number, if applicable).

Blinded manuscript
1. Title
2. Abstract with key words
Follow the guidelines in the Article Categories and Requirements section.
3. Text
Follow the guidelines for length in the Article Categories and Requirements section and guidelines for style in the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines section.
4. References
Cite references in text and number them sequentially in the order in which they appear in the text (references in figures and tables are numbered after the last text reference). Reference numbers can be used more than once throughout an article. References should NOT be created using Microsoft Word’s automatic footnote/endnote feature. Style reference citations according to the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th ed.

Lezak MD, Howieson DB, Loring DW. Neuropsychological Assessment. New York: Oxford University Press; 2004.

Bodley R. Imaging in chronic spinal cord injury--indications and benefits. Eur J Radiol. 2002;42(2):135-153.

Sugarman H, Weisel-Eichler A, Burstin A, Brown R. Use of the Wii Fit system for the treatment of balance problems in the elderly: A feasibility study. Paper presented at: Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference; June 29 – July 2, 2009; Haifa, Israel.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020. Accessed August 9, 2011.

5. Tables
Tables should be self-explanatory and supplement, rather than duplicate, the material in the text. Participant data presented in tables must be in aggregate form. If reporting individual cases, the data must be de-identified by using categories for variables, such as age and years post injury (eg, years post injury such as 2-5, 6-10, and so forth). Avoid highly specific descriptions of the etiology of injury and diagnosis by utilizing broader categories. All arithmetic (percentages, totals, differences) should be double-checked for accuracy, and tabular data should agree with data in the text.

Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order they are cited in text. Each table should have a short title and each column should have a heading. Explanatory statements, notes, keys, and nonstandard abbreviations should be included in a table note.

Source and permission lines are required, as needed. Credit lines should be provided exactly as requested by the original copyright holder. Data from another published or unpublished source may only be used with permission and must be acknowledged fully. It is the author's responsibility to obtain such permission. Click here to download a permission to reprint form.

6. Figure Captions
Figure captions should be provided after the reference list, with each figure listed in the order cited in text. Captions should not be embedded in the figure files. Captions include the figure title; explanatory statements, notes, or keys; and source and permission lines. If a figure has been previously published, in part or in total, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce or adapt the material. Click here to download a permission to reprint form.

7.Figures, Images, and Photographs
Figures should be limited and only used when necessary. High-resolution figures can be submitted electronically as either a TIFF or JPEG file with at least 300 dpi. We do not accept art that was downloaded from the Internet or has been photocopied. Color images may be used in the online version of the article. Use of color in the print version is at the publisher’s discretion. Line drawings and graphs are in black on a white background, using the same size type as the text. Symbols are uniform in size and style and are large enough to withstand reduction. Patients’ names or other patient-identifying information should not appear anywhere on the images.

8. Supplemental Digital Content
Supplemental digital content that is too large or detailed to include in the print version, but that enhances the article’s text, may be submitted for consideration. This includes text documents (intake forms, phone scripts, surveys, etc), graphs, audio, and video. Digital files are not copyedited by Thomas Land Publishers and will be presented as submitted. List all supplemental content at the end of the article (ie, Supplemental Appendix A.pdf).

Video requirements:
File format: .mp4 is preferred, also accepted are .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, and .wmv formats. No Flash files or streaming video.
File size: No larger than 10 MB.
Must be viewable in QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
If any person, other than the authors, is identifiable, a signed Model Release form must submitted. Click here for Model Release form.

Article Categories and Requirements

TSCIR accepts Original Research, Review, Observation Study, Brief Report, Case Report, Clinical Perspective, Commentary, and Letter to the Editor.

TSCIR supports initiatives aimed at improving the quality of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research. The journal requires authors to follow the applicable guideline from the current existing guidelines on the reporting of various study types (presented in the table below). The EQUATOR network of reporting guidelines provides a more extensive list of links and topics at

Article type




Issue Topic Article




Original Research


3,000 words; 5 figures/tables

250 words max

Observational Studies


3,000 words; 5 figures/tables

250 words max

Review Articles


5,000 words; 5 figures/tables

250 words max

Brief Reports


1,500 words; 2 figures/tables

Unstructured; 100 words max

Case Reports


1,500 words; 2 figures/tables

Unstructured; 100 words max

Clinical Perspective


1,500 words; 2 figures/tables

250 words max



1,000 words


Letter to the Editor


500 words;
1 figure/table


*Additional material can be submitted as Supplemental Digital Content. Exceptions can be made to these requirements with prior approval of the Editors (

**Provide an abstract of no more than 250 words with up to 7 key words that describe the contents of the article, like those that appear in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) or the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings ( Click here for an example of a structured abstract.

Manuscript Review Process

TSCIR uses a double-blind peer-review process. All manuscripts are reviewed by one of the Editors and at least two outside reviewers for clinical relevance, originality, scientific quality, and statistical accuracy. The Editor will make the final determination as to the acceptability of a submission, after collecting the referee’s comments. Contributors may recommend reviewers they deem especially well-qualified, however, the Editor will not be bound to follow such suggestions. Reviewers receive manuscripts that have the author and affiliation information blinded from the pdf to ensure an unbiased review.

Conditions for Submission
The Conditions for Submission form must be signed by all authors and accompany the manuscript at the time of submission. It should be uploaded electronically with the manuscript.

Click here for the Conditions for Submission form.

This form stipulates the following: author(s)' warranty of responsibilities, author(s)' rights, copyright transfer agreement, exclusive publication statement, disclosure of conflict of interest, adherence to reporting guidelines, adherence to Institutional Review Board (IRB) or animal care committee policies (if applicable),  device status (if applicable), and identification of funding source (including National Institutes of Health status, if applicable).

The ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Possible Conflicts of Interest also must be submitted with the manuscript. Click here for the ICMJE form.


Corresponding Author: A single author of the manuscript is required to serve as the primary correspondent with the TSCIR editorial office, to accept responsibility for addressing revision recommendations from TSCIR reviewers and editors, to review final page proofs, and to make decisions regarding release of information to media outlets or government agencies. The corresponding author is also responsible for providing statistical data if requested by the Editor and is responsible for identifying names, addresses, and affiliations of all undisclosed writers who have contributed to this submitted manuscript. All authors must agree to the identity of the corresponding author designee before manuscript submission.

Author(s)' Warranty: Any person listed as a manuscript author should have made substantive intellectual contributions to the study as established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, The authors warrant that the entire manuscript is an original product of the author(s) and represents honest and valid work.

The order of authorship is a joint decision of, and must have been agreed to by, all of the authors. All authors should meet all of the following conditions with regard to the manuscript: (1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; (3) final approval of the version to be published; and (4) taking public responsibility for its content. Please note that acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of a research group, alone, does not justify authorship.

Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. For example, persons providing technical help or writing assistance or a department chair providing general support should not be included as authors, but should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

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Exclusive Publication Statement: The author(s) certify that this manuscript and the material within this manuscript have not been previously published in print or electronic formats in part or in whole and this manuscript and materials within this manuscript are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. This includes symposia, transactions, books, journals, invited articles, and preliminary publications. This restriction does not apply to abstracts of fewer than 500 words.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest:
Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding (including grant number) must be included on the title page that accompanies the manuscript, and the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Possible Conflicts of Interest must be submitted with the manuscript.

Reporting Guidelines: Authors should follow the appropriate guidelines for reporting health research and address all items recommended by the guidelines. The authors must affirm that the manuscript is an honest, accurate, and transparent account of the study being reported; that no aspects of the study have been omitted; and that any discrepancies from the study as planned (and, if relevant, registered) have been explained.

Patient Anonymity and Informed Consent: It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that a patient's anonymity is carefully protected and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. Authors from US institutions must comply with regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Authors should mask patients' faces and remove patients' names from figures (and videos where applicable) unless they obtain a signed Model Release from the patients and submit it with the manuscript.

Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research: When reporting work with human subjects, authors must indicate whether the procedures followed protocol and accord with the ethical standards of the responsible institutional review board, ethics committee, or with the Declaration of Helsinki, as appropriate for the country where the research took place. A statement of such must also be included in the Methods section of the article. Manuscripts that report research involving animals must include a statement that either the protocol was approved by an institutional animal care board or that the animal care complied with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Institute for Laboratory Animal Research).

Device Status: A statement appearing on the title page of the manuscript regarding the presence or absence of the use of any medical devices in the study is required. The first mention of the device in text should include the manufacturer’s name and location. If a medical device(s) is discussed, then a statement regarding its legal/regulatory status is required, including FDA status (eg, approved for indicated use, investigational, exempt from regulations [and why], not approved, or unknown).

Gender and Race: Authors are strongly encouraged to include data disaggregated by sex (and, whenever possible, by race) and provide a comprehensive analysis of gender and racial differences. The authors should include the number and percentage of men, women and, if appropriate, transgender persons who participated in the research study. Anatomical and physiological differences between men and women (height, weight, body fat-to-muscle ratios, cell counts, hormonal cycles, etc.), as well as social and cultural variables (socio-economic, education, access to care, etc.), should be taken into consideration in the presentation of data and/or analysis of the results.

Funding Source:
All manuscripts must include in the title page a statement of the source of funding of the study (if applicable). This information will appear in the Acknowledgments section of the article.

Compliance with NIH Accessibility Requirements
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