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The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery, vol.28, pp.37-44, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: The Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-44
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: To conduct a content and bibliometric assessment of publications within the Journal of Turkish Spinal Surgery (JTSS) and report the publication trends. Material and Methods: All available JTSS manuscripts published from 1990 through June 2016 were reviewed. The mentioned time period evaluated by dividing in 3 parts. Retrospective or prospective clinical articles, topical reviews, meta-analyses, case reports/series, experimental studies, expert opinions and biographies/chronologies were included in the current analysis. Articles were coded by 3 reviewers based on the first author and article characteristics. Results: There was a total of 754 articles. The first author was orthopaedic surgeon in 559’u (74,1%) and neurosurgeon in 150 (19,8%) articles. The top 3 institutions to submit article were Dokuz Eylul University Medical Faculty (n=80, 10,6%), Ufuk University Medical Faculty (n=41, 5,4%) and Ankara University Medical Faculty (n=37, %4,9) respectively. The top 3 cities to submit articles were Ankara (n=214, 28,3%), İstanbul (n=197, 26,1%) and İzmir (n=108, 14,3%) respectively. The study was retrospective in 367 (48,6%), prospective in 35 (4,6%) and experimental in 31 (4,1%) articles. The most studied subjects of the studies were spinal deformity (n=181), spinal trauma (n=174), degenerative spine (n=130), spine tumors (n=71) and spine infections (n=65). Conclusion: It is found out that most of the articles are consisted of retrospective studies, reviews and case report, which are with lower level of evidence. We think that this is due to the fact that the journal is not indexed in well-known data bases such as PubMed. It is essential to increase the impact factor of JTSS and make it better known in order to improve Turkish spine surgery research and practice. For this reason, we think Turkish spine surgeons supporting JTSS with scientifically qualified studies with higher levels of evidence will help achieving this goal.