Neurosurgical Focus Call for Papers

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The subject matter of your manuscript must fit the monthly topic; if it does not fit the topic, your manuscript will not be processed for peer review.

Information concerning Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis
Please note that systematic reviews (summary of scholarly literature related to a particular research topic or question) and meta-analyses (statistical techniques to combine data from the examined individual research studies) will only be considered for publication if they represent a contribution to the existing literature, and provide insights that help guide practice. Similarly, reviews of national databases should not be submitted if they do not add substantially to our previous knowledge from previously published studies citing novel primary data.

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Please note: submission deadlines are firm (midnight E.T. on the date listed each month) and no late submissions will be considered.

2022 Issues

January 2022 - Robotics in neurosurgery

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Nick Theodore (lead), Lola Chambless, Roger Hartl, Corinna Zygourakis, Bowen Jiang, Themistocles S. Protopsaltis

The field of neurosurgery has been one of the most technologically dependent specialties in medicine.  Advanced imaging, computer assisted surgery, lasers, microscopes and deep brain electrodes are all currently part of our armamentarium.  The introduction of robotics in neurosurgery has held out the promise of improving our accuracy and automating even the most complex procedures.  This issue seeks submissions on the usage of robotics in neurosurgery including applications in the brain, spine and for endovascular procedures.  Topics of interest include outcomes assessment of these technologies, issues of cost, learning curves, training paradigms and novel techniques. 


February 2022 - Update on neuroimmunology

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa (lead), Michael Lim, Emilie Le Rhun, Maryam Rahman

Recent advances in molecular medicine and neuroimmunology have yielded significant data that has reshaped the outlook of numerous central nervous system (CNS) disorders. For several years, the CNS was thought to be “immunologically privileged”, nonetheless, current evidence has disproved this idea. Technological advances have revealed the intricate mechanisms by which the immune system influences CNS disease, regeneration, and repair. This issue is seeking original translational and clinical research studies, and manuscripts focused on the progress in the understanding and translational applications of neuroimmunology regarding neurosurgical pathology.


March 2022 - Update on cerebrovasospasm

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Sander Connolly (lead), Stephan Mayer, R. Loch Macdonald, Jean Marc Simard

Cerebral vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury continues to pose a challenge for patients and practitioners alike. Management is complex and interdisciplinary. Recent studies have expanded our understanding of the pathophysiology and therapeutic options. It is the intent of this focus issue to provide a contemporary update including clinical algorithms to guide evaluation and management with a focus on the strength of the current evidence.


April 2022 - Big data and new technologies in neurosurgical decision-making

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Michael Wang (lead), Jang Yoon, Gelareh Zadeh, Paul Park, Erica Bisson

The proliferation of data in all areas of medical care is providing neurosurgeons with unique opportunities to improve patient care. Novel technologies and data analytics are currently evolving to allow surgeons to predict outcomes in an increasingly refined manner. To address this fast-changing field, this issue of Neurosurgical Focus is dedicated to the burgeoning field of new methods to validate procedural efficacy, measure clinical effects, and guide a neurosurgeon's decision-making, whether this occurs in real-time for the operative environment, through nuanced phenotyping of disease entities, or for clinical research. Original papers exploring this exciting field are encouraged for peer-review. 


May 2022 - Neurocutaneous disorders

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2022


June 2022 - Best practice with telemedicine for optimizing patient care

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022


July 2022 - Arteriovenous malformations

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022


August 2022 - Education methodology and metrics in the training of neurosurgical residents

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2022


Upcoming Issues (no longer accepting submissions)

September 2021 – Translational research advances in the evaluation and management of Moyamoya disease
Topic Editors: Edward Smith (lead), Giuseppe Lanzino, Gary Steinberg, Bin Xu

October 2021 – Ankylosing Spondylitis 
Topic Editors: Doniel Drazin (lead), J Patrick Johnson, Michael Wang, Jens Chapman, Bernhard Meyer

November 2021 – Innovations in neurosurgical quality and safety
Topic Editors: Albert Telfeian (lead), Ziya Gokaslan, Zoher Ghogawala, Hyeun-Sung Kim, Tom Santarius

December 2021 – Anesthetic and monitoring techniques in awake spinal surgery
Topic Editors: Wilson Zach Ray (lead), Asdrubal Falavigna, Praveen Mummaneni, Robert Bucelli