Neurosurgical Focus Call for Papers

New submissions should be prepared following the Instructions for Authors and submitted online through our electronic manuscript submission website. Once you have logged in, click “Add a Manuscript,” select the appropriate Neurosurgical Focus issue from the list under “Electronic Journals,” and complete the submission steps as directed.

Please note submission deadlines are firm (midnight E.D.T. on the date listed each month)

July 2019 – Aneurysm formation, growth and rupture: the biology and physics of cerebral aneurysm
Submission Deadline:  March 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Charles J. Prestigiacomo (lead), Matthew Gounis, L. Fernando Gonzalez, Juhana Frösen

The rupture of a cerebral aneurysm is a potentially devastating event for the patient, and the patient’s family. With a mortality of approximately 50% and an additional morbidity of 25%, almost 3 in four patients sustaining a subarachnoid hemorrhage never return to their pre-ictal baseline. Trying to understand how aneurysms form, grow, and rupture is but one of the methods by which scientists and clinicians can help to improve upon these statistics. Science and technology have been instrumental in providing researchers from seemingly disparate fields the tools to help unravel the biology, mathematics and physics of aneurysm initiation, growth, rupture and recurrence. Over the last 20 years, the body of literature discussing cerebral aneurysms and their formation and rupture has expanded to incorporate contributions from geneticists, molecular biologists, mathematicians and engineers. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus shall serve as a comprehensive collection of articles that looks at the biology, mathematics and physics of aneurysm formation. Authors are encouraged to contribute manuscripts that describe the current and at times controversial theories of how and why cerebral aneurysms form.

August 2019 – Primary and secondary infections of the brain
Submission Deadline:  April 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Ariane Lewis (lead), Ian McCutcheon, Amol Raheja

Intracranial infections have a high morbidity and mortality and are associated with prolonged hospitalizations. While in some cases, systemic antibiotics/antifungals are the best management for intracranial infections, in other cases, intrathecal administration of these agents or surgical interventions to assist with both diagnosis and treatment are warranted. Identification, prevention and treatment of intracranial infections are the responsibility of multidisciplinary specialists; it is imperative that neurosurgeons, neurointensivists and infectious disease clinicians be knowledgeable about these topics. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus will include articles on: 1) prophylactic techniques to avoid intracranial infections after surgical procedures using a standard transcranial approach, skull base resections, and endoscopic endonasal procedures with and without cerebrospinal fluid leaks; 2) diagnosis of intracranial infections; 3) a discussion of both medical and surgical interventions for primary and secondary intracranial infections, including bacterial and fungal infections.

September 2019 - History of Cerebral Localization
Submission Deadline:  May 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Mark Preul (lead) Charles Prestigiacomo, Teo Forcht-Dagi, Javier Fandino

Cerebral localization has a tremendously complex and intriguing history. From Hippocrates who recognized the laterality of the hemispheres, to Gall’s attempts to attribute emotions and higher cortical functions through the pseudoscience of phrenology, to Wilder Penfield’s defining work on corticography in man, the field of cerebral localization has inspired a tremendously rich and colorful literature. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus intends to survey the intellectual history of the field of cerebral localization and calls for papers around the historically significant individuals, milestones, and events that have marked its intellectual development. Authors are invited to focus on particular historical periods, theories, figures, innovations, instruments, advances, instruments, technologies, bibliographies, or experiences. Submissions should be significant original historical contributions, presenting new information, or renewed historical analyses. Papers should not be simplistic chronologies, retellings of well-known events or biographies, cover current clinical study or clinical reviews. They should be engaging, in-depth research works that contribute historically, intellectually, and scientifically to the readership with appropriate illustrations which serve to further bring the topic alive. Authors should be aware that careful referencing, approval, and provenance is often required for use of historical materials in publication.

October 2019 - Spina bifida
Submission Deadline:  June 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Erin Kiehna (lead) Catherine-McClung Smith, Jeffrey Blount, Eylem Ocal, Sandip Chatterjee

Spina bifida is the most common birth defect affecting the central nervous system. Over the past 70 years, mortality has decreased to 3% and many pediatric patients with spina bifida are now entering adulthood. Progress has been made but new challenges have arisen.This special issue of Neurosurgical Focus is devoted to the management and prevention of open myelomeningocele including science based advocacy for prevention of folate sensitive spina bifida, intrauterine closure candidacy and counseling, technique and outcome, MMC related hydrocephalus (including the expanding role of endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus coagulation (ETV_CPC), management of the Chiari II malformation and the transitional care of spina bifida patients into adulthood.

November 2019 - Head Trauma and Brain Injury
Submission Deadline:  July 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Alex Valadka (lead), Andrew Maas, Franco Servadei, Peter Hutchinson

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been stubbornly resistant to attempts at developing targeted therapies. For this issue, we invite submissions from the investigators who are working to solve this problem by expanding our frontiers in all aspects of TBI, including cellular and biochemical mechanisms of injury and recovery; pharmacologic and clinical treatments; classification schemes; design of databases and clinical studies; data analysis; rehabilitation strategies; outcome assessment; and systems-based interventions.   Because trauma to the brain is often accompanied by injury to the surrounding bony and soft tissue structures, a great deal of work has also been focused on management of non-neurological injuries to the head.  Submissions addressing these challenges are encouraged.

December 2019 - Image modalities for neurosurgical disease 
Submission Deadline:  August 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Josh Osbun (lead), Ralph Dacey, Daniel Barrow, Amit Saindane, and Christopher Nimsky

The use of radiological imaging studies by neurosurgeons is a critical element of our practice. Our neuro-radiological colleagues provide outstanding consultative support to us, but as the treatment of our patients becomes more complex there is a need for answers to clinical questions which arise specifically in neurosurgical patients.  Imaging of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system is continuing to develop at a very rapid pace as new neurosurgical treatments and patterns of care emerge.  In this issue of Neurosurgical Focus we invite experts to present information that is directly relevant to the neurosurgical conditions we commonly treat. The emphasis will be on practical facts, patterns, classification systems and helpful tips in the neuro-radiological assessment of various imaging studies in neurosurgical patients.


Upcoming Issues (no longer accepting submissions)

April 2019 Enhanced recovery after surgery in the spine
Topic Editors: Michael Wang (lead), Andrew Dailey, Neil Berrington, Enrico Tessitore

May 2019 Lumbar spinal stenosis
Topic Editors: Robert Heary (lead), Paul Anderson, Paul Arnold

June 2019 Radiosurgery and radiotherapy for meningiomas: delivery methods, outcomes, and long-term risks
Topic Editors: Michael McDermott (lead), Steve Braunstein, Jason Sheehan, Lee Rogers