ISSN 1808-1851 printed version
ISSN 2177-014X online version



Politics and aims

The Journal COLUNA/COLUMNA is an open access journal that publishes contributions from the national and international scientific community, in the form of original articles of high scientific relevance (review articles, systematic reviews, clinical updates, and case reports. The journal's goal is to publish articles that contribute to the improvement and development of the practice, research and teaching topics related to the Spine, Spinal Diseases, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Rehabilitation and related areas in Brazil, Ibero-America and other regions as well.

Column/Columna publishes preferably original articles of international interest, not only of regional significance. The Editorial Board is formed by members national and international institutions, who work for free to improve the quality of the journal, aiming to make it attractive not only for regional/national research,  but also to the international scientific community.

It is published in two versions, quarterly in 4 issues per year (March, June, September and December). Its goal is to publish articles that contribute to the improvement and development of the practice, research and teaching of Spine related topics in Brazil and Latin America.


Manuscript preparation

Peer Review

Peer review is one of the factors that sustain the quality of a scientific journal. The editorial board of Coluna/Columna is formed mostly by university professors, which allows a careful and rigorous peer review. All manuscripts, after approval by the editors, will be reviewed by two or more reviewers, anonymity being guaranteed throughout the assessment process (double-blind). Articles which do not present scientific merit and do not fit into the journal's editorial policy will be rejected with no recourse. The reviewers' comments will be returned to authors for changes in the text or by justifying its conservation. After approval by the reviewers, articles will be sent to the associate editors for final approval. Only after final approvals by reviewers and editors, manuscripts will be forwarded to publication.


Statements published in articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. However, all published material becomes the property of the journal Coluna/Columna, which shall reserve the copyrights. Authors should attach as a supplementary document in SciELO online submission and publication system: a) Declaration of Conflict of Interests; b) Certificate of Approval by the Ethics in Research Commission of the institution when the research involves experimentation on humans or animals; c) Documentation on possible sources of research funding; d) Statement that the participants signed the Informed Consent document, when it refers to medical research on human beings; and e) Letter of transfer of copyright signed by all authors and a statement that the article is original and has not been submitted for publication in another journal or book.


Presentation and submission of manuscript

The journal Coluna/Columna - is a quarterly publication that circulates in January/February/March; April/ May/June; July/August/September; and October/ November/December in two versions, one in its original language (Portuguese, English or Spanish) and another version in English, with the aim to publish original papers on specialties. The concepts and statements contained in papers are the sole responsibility of the authors. The articles published in the journal follow the Uniform Requirements proposed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, available at

Articles involving human beings or laboratory animals should demonstrate adherence to the appropriate guidelines and approval of the protocols by the institutional committees.

The journal Coluna/Columna, in support of the policies for clinical trials registry of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of such initiatives for the registration and international dissemination of information on clinical studies in open access, from August 2009 only accept for publication articles on clinical research that have received an identification number on one of the Clinical Trial Registers validated by the criteria established by WHO and ICMJE, available at:  or at the PubMed website.

The journal welcomes articles for publication to the following sections: Original Articles, Review Articles, and Article Updates. Articles may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

The submitted paper must be accompanied by:

Cover page: title (concise and informative), in Portuguese, Spanish and English; author's full name, with no abbreviations; affiliation of each author separately with institution, city, state and country, with numerical and sequential identification, using superscript Arabic numerals. If there is more than one affiliation, indicate only the most relevant and the institution where the research has been developed; name of the corresponding author with complete address, telephone, and e-mail.

Abstract and Key Words: abstract in Portuguese, English and Spanish with maximum 250 words. For Original Articles, abstracts should be structured (Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions), highlighting the most significant results. For Review Articles or Articles Update the summary should not be structured. Below the abstract, specify at least five and at most ten descriptors that define the subject of the work. The descriptors should be based on DeCS - Descriptors in Health Sciences - available at, or MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) available at in Portuguese, English and Spanish versions for each descriptor.


Presentation of the text

Introduction: it should contain the objective of the study and summarize its rationale. It should only show strictly pertinent citations and not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.

Methods: it should clearly describe the selection of individuals who took part in the study (patients or laboratory animals, including controls). Identify age, gender, and other important characteristics of the individuals. The definition and relevance of race or ethnicity are ambiguous. Authors should be particularly careful when using these categories. Identify the methods, apparatus (display the name and address of manufacturer in brackets) and procedures in sufficient detail to enable the reproduction of the results by other researchers.

Results: they should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. There should not be repeated throughout the text all the data in the tables or illustrations, instead, it should be emphasized or summarized only important observations.

Discussion: it should emphasize new and important aspects of the study and the following conclusions. The data presented in the introduction or the results should not be repeated. New hypotheses should be established only when they are clearly justified.

Conclusions: they should be linked to the study’s objectives avoiding unqualified ones, not fully substantiated by the data. They should present conclusive argument of detailed supporting data.

Acknowledgements: It is necessary to include collaborations with institutions for financial support, technical assistance which deserve recognition, but that does not justify inclusion as authors.

Conflicts of interest: they must be reproduced objectively when there are, and when not, present the statement: "The authors declare no conflict of interest in this work".

References: must be strictly in accordance with the instructions found at Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, updated in October 2007. All authors and papers cited in the text must appear in the references and vice versa. The numbering of the references should be according to the order in which they are first mentioned in the text using Arabic numerals for text and references. Cite all authors up to six; if there are more, cite the first six followed by et al. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the list of journals in Medline or LILACS.


Journal Articles:

Caetano MBF, Albertoni WM, Caetano EB. Estudo anatômico das inserções distais do tendão extensor longo do polegar. Acta Ortop Bras. 2004;12(2):118-24.

Hong-Wan N, Ee-Chon T, Qing-Hang Z. Biomechanical effects of C2-C7 intersegmental stability due to laminectomy with unilateral and bilateral facetectomy. Spine. 2004;29(16):1737-45.


Defino, HLA. Lesões Traumáticas da coluna vertebral. São Paulo: Bevilacqua; 2006.

Book Chapters:

Tencer AF. Biomechanics of spinal trauma. In: Cotler JM, Simpson JM, An HS, Silveri CP, editors. Surgery of spinal trauma. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000. p. 61-112.

Dissertations and Theses:

Giglio CA. Caracterização funcional e histológica de modelos experimentais de estudo do trauma raquimedular [tese]. Ribeirão Preto: Universidade de São Paulo; 2000.

Journal articles in electronic format:

Rogers FB. Venous thromboembolism in trauma patients: a review. Surgery [Internet]. 2001 [cited 2005 Oct 26]; 130(1): [about 12 p.]. Available from:

Figures: illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs, etc.) should be cited as figures and should be numbered in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order in which they were first cited in the text. The figures should be in RGB, tif or jpg format with resolution 300 DPI, in large format along with the originals. The photos will be published in black and white. For color publications the additional cost will be at the authors’ responsibility.

Tables: they should be numbered in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text, and should contain a short title for each one without abbreviations. They should contain at least two rows of data, besides the title. Internal horizontal or vertical lines should not be drawn in the tables. If tables and figures are drawn from published sources, they must be accompanied with written authorization of the author or publisher, stating the reference source where it was originally published.

Abbreviations and acronyms: they must be preceded by the full name when first cited in the text. All figures and tables should contain its meaning below the figure or table.

Papers should be typed in double spacing, preferably using the word processor Microsoft Word®, with 3 cm margins, using Times New Roman font size 12 and should not exceed 20 pages including the cover page, abstracts, text, acknowledgments, references and tables.


Manuscript submission

Submissions of articles should be made online. The original text, tables, figures and documents must be submitted through the link:

  • Responsibility for concepts expressed in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors.
  • The total or partial reproduction of articles is permitted, provided the source is properly mentioned.
  • All content of the journal, except where otherwise stated, is under the license Creative Commons License Attribution-type BY-NC.


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