Neurosurgical Focus Call for Papers

New submissions should be prepared following the Instructions for Authors.

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.

Please submit your manuscript through Neurosurgical Focus submission site.

When you have logged in, click “Submit a Manuscript” and continue on with your submission. Please select the correct monthly topic from the pulldown menu choices. Complete all steps as directed, through to the Submit button.

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


2021 Issues

October 2021 – Ankylosing Spondylitis 

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Doniel Drazin (lead), J Patrick Johnson, Michael Wang, Jens Chapman, Bernhard Meyer

Spinal columns afflicted with ankylosing disorders (AS) continue to pose a challenge for patients and practitioners alike. Management of spine fractures in AS is complex from a number of perspectives. Patients with AS usually are older and suffer from multiple significant medical comorbidities. The altered biomechanics of the spine and the injury pattern make these injuries highly unstable. It is the intent of this focus issue to provide a contemporary update including the clinical presentation, algorithms to guide surgical management and evaluations of current evidence regarding these treatments including recent recommendations to raise awareness on the surgeon’s role in it’s management. 


November 2021 – Innovations in neurosurgical quality and safety

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Albert Telfeian (lead), Ziya Gokaslan, Zoher Ghogawala, Hyeun-Sung Kim, Tom Santarius

Quality and safety issues in neurosurgery are of paramount importance. Great advances have been made in systems process and technology in the past decade that have impacted neurosurgical quality and safety.

This issue seeks submissions on the use of technology to: 1) allow surgeons to track patient outcomes; 2) improve patient safety; and 3) the use of social media to improve access for patients.


December 2021 – Anesthetic and monitoring techniques in awake spinal surgery

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2021
Topic Editors: Wilson Zach Ray (lead), Asdrubal Falavigna, Praveen Mummaneni, Robert Bucelli

Awake spinal surgery is emerging as a new and innovative technique to further facilitate outpatient spine surgery. As we continue to trend to  rapid recovery protocols and ERAS pathways awake spine surgery is going to soon be at the forefront and would be of significant interest of JNSPG readership. 


2022 Issues

January 2022 - Robotics in neurosurgery

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2021


February 2022 - Update on neuroimmunology

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021


March 2022 - Update on cerebrovasospasm

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021


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

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021


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)

June 2021 – Biologics and Spine Fusion - supported by an unrestricted educational grant by Medtronic Inc.
Topic Editors: Allan Levi (lead), Chris Shaffrey, Regis Haid, Scott Boden, Michelle Clark, Marcus Mazurs

July 2021 – Neurosurgical management of stroke, organization of stroke management, and AI (artificial intelligence) applications
Topic Editors: Elad Levy (lead), Phil Taussky, Peter Kan

August 2021 – Virtual and Augmented Reality
Topic Editors: Walter Jean (lead), Gavin Britz, Adrian Elmi-Terander, Francesco DiMeco, Cameron McIntyre

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