Ali Fahir Ozer

Editorial Board Member

Ali Fahir Ozer, MD
Department of Neurosurgery
Koc University School of Medicine, Istanbul-Turkey Read Interview Session with Ali Fahir Ozer

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Department / University Information


Dr. Ozer is currently working as a Neurosurgeon and academic staff at the Koc University,Department of Neurosurgery, and at the VKV American Hospital (Istanbul,Turkey). His Clinical interest focuses on spine surgery. Dr.Ozer’s research focuses on biomechanics Of spine, and dynamic stabilization of spine. He has authored or co‐authored well over 70 papers. He is the member of advisory board and reviewer of many scientific journals.Currently, he is a member of TNS, ISAS, NASS, AOSpine, and Eurospine.

Research Interest

Research interest of Ali Fahir Ozer includes spine surgery.


1. What makes an article top quality? 

Response: Editorial board is important. It should be installed people who know frontiers of their topic. This provides us which article is promising or original for the future.

2. Do you think that journals determine research trends?

Response: Journals never determine the research trend. It is determined according to the needs of science. Scientist determines the trends.

3. What makes a good position paper?

Response: It should be give answers to some important questions.

4. What are the qualities you look for in an article?

Response: First of all the idea is very important for me. A new concept, approach, method are very important. In some US journals which have high impact rate are close to new ideas. If any idea developed by well known someone is vulnerable otherwise it is not. Editor should be respectful for everyone. The distance should be the same for everybody. They miss very important articles to journals of far east countries. Second reliable work is important. Material and method should be examined carefully. Understandable language is the third.

5. Can you give us a broad indication of the types of themes a scientific journal should cover?

Response: For example pain and spine.

6. What sorts of research methods and frameworks do you expect people to use, and how will they balance conceptual and applied research?

Response: We should get a decision. The journal should accept clinical article or research. Or we can divide the journal two parts. First half accept research manuscripts and the second part accept clinical papers.

7. How would you describe the journal’s mission and editorial objectives to our readers?

Response: I have to confident that if I send an article the editors evaluate it fair. And readers should always be expect new ideas or practical solutions ext.

8. If you could be granted dream articles, what would they be on?

Response: Dream articles are always dream articles. It makes no differences where they published. When they published they increased journals impact value.

9. Are there any particular areas which you would like to see, or expect to see, collaborate?

Response: My topic is dynamic stabilisation.

10. How does the research published percolate through to practitioners?

Response: Main idea of the research is important. It is not important who did the research. It is important why this research was done. Can this research help us to solve some problems? Editors decide these answers. If it is useless, it does not accept for publication.

11. How can a publisher ensure the authors/readers a rigorous peer review and quality control?

Response: TIt is easy for chief editor to understand from reviewer`s comment.

12. Your editorial policy is to be eclectic and welcome perspectives from other disciplines and schools. How does this translate into the types of contributions you encourage?

Response: IIf the article is interested to the readers. Why not?

13. What do you see as the merits of journals, as opposed to book series, as a means of scholarly communications?

Response: Most of the time books contain classical information. In journals you can see every kind of idea, sometimes they are opposite to each other. An article looks a problem only one window but books should not. So they are completely different to each other. Sometime special issues take play role similar books to some extent.

14. How do you differentiate Journal of Spine & Neurosurgery with other journals in the field?

Response: Most of the open access journals demand huge moneys. Even in journals which have high impact value send you their english editors who they are request huge money. This is not true. Onthe other hand, they contributes main theme of the article. Unbelievable. Scientific aspect provides a confident for this journal and editorial board have good quality if we compare with them.