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What is the SOSORT Award?

Continuing the tradition started at the 2008 meeting in Athens, the SOSORT Award is presented to the two best research papers presented during the Annual meeting. In recognition of this accomplishment, SOSORT will pay the fee for the Award papers to be published in the official SOSORT journal "Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders".

Rules for Submission

In order to be considered for the Award, authors must check the box “Eligible for the SOSORT Award” during abstract submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. At least one of the authors must be a member of SOSORT
  2. One of the authors must be able to attend and present the research during the SOSORT Annual Meeting
  3. Appropriate human subjects research approval (or waiver) must have been obtained and documented
  4. The paper must not have been published, submitted or accepted for publication at the time of submission.
  5. The paper must represent original work, offering findings which are substantially different than previously presented or published work. Longer-term follow-ups of an established cohort are acceptable, if the follow-up addresses a different research question than in the earlier period. 
  6. All authors must agree in advance, that if presented with an Award, they will submit the manuscript to the Journal for publication.

Process for Selecting the SOSORT Award Winner

The Scientific Committee reviews the eligible abstracts and the top 10 are selected for a second review by the SOSORT Award Committee. 

For the second review, the authors will submit a full manuscript formatted according to the style of “Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders.” This will promote timely submission to the journal after the Awards are announced.  Publication guidelines are included in each journal issue and online. 

The SOSORT Award Committee is comprised of four members of the Scientific Committee, chosen by the Chair of the Committee, who will ensure that no member has a conflict of interest (e.g. authorship or institutional affiliation) with any of the papers under review. 

Review Criteria

Submissions will be rated based on the strength of the manuscript in the following areas

            Importance of the research question

            Credibility of the methodology and statistical analysis

            Clarity of data presentation

            Contribution of findings to existing knowledge

All Award candidates will present their papers during a dedicated session at the Annual meeting.  The Award winners will be announced on the last day of the meeting. 

The SOSORT Award Committee reserves the right to present more than two awards, however, only two will be published for free in the journal.  If the budget permits, SOSORT will subsidize the publication fees of the other three manuscripts. 

 

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