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.

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.D.T. on the date listed each month) and no late submissions will be considered.


January 2020 – Pediatric Brain Tumor: Evolving Treatment Strategies

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Samuel Cheshier (lead), Michael Taylor, Sabine Mueller

Many important breakthroughs in our understanding of cancer have come within the field of pediatric neuro-oncology. We encourage submissions reflecting the impact of recent advancements in pediatric neuro-oncology on the basic, preclinical, and clinical paradigms of benign and malignant pediatric brain and spine tumors. Papers may address the entire range of issues such as the molecular stratification of tumors (genomic, expressomic, and epigenetic), targeted therapeutics, clinical trials within the molecular landscape, immune-therapy, precision medicine, molecular diagnostics, liquid biopsy of CSF and blood, machine learning/artificial intelligence based analysis, impacts of operative management, treatment options in very young patients, congenital tumors, new WHO tumor entities, genetic predisposition syndromes, irradiation therapy, focused ultrasound, convection enhanced delivery, and laser interstitial thermal therapy.

February 2020 – Brain Mapping

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Alexandra Golby (lead), Hugues Duffau, Mitch Berger, Eric Leuthardt

Personalized functional brain mapping using a variety of techniques has been a cornerstone of safe maximal excision of brain lesions.  This issue of Neurosurgical Focus will cover refinements in older techniques as well as the development of novel strategies for mapping the cortex and white matter both preoperatively and intraoperatively.  We encourage submissions related to mapping techniques, analytic approaches, outcomes, novel methods, and multimodal comparisons, among others.

March 2020 – Neurosurgical International Education

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2019
Topic Editors: Isabelle Germano (lead), Naija El Abbadi, Kate Drummond, William Harkness, Andres Mariano Rubiano, Franco Servadei

Educating the new generations of neurosurgeons is a great privilege and responsibility. Paradigms to provide training and education endorsing new technology and focused on providing a broad-neurosurgery experience are constantly sought. Additionally, there is desire to provide harmonization of training across States, Continents, and the world to ensure that the educational outputs are aligned. Progress have been made but new challenges have arisen, including work hour limitations. This issue of Neurosurgery Focus intends to survey the current state of neurosurgery training in the 5 continents and calls for papers to provide an insight on current schemes for neurosurgery training and education highlighting strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for neurosurgery residents and fellows. Authors are invited to collaborate by providing data from geographical regions within a continent to elucidate their current format for residency education as well as data pertinent to age, gender, geographical drawn of their trainees as well as their future carrier paths after graduation. This issue of Neurosurgery Focus intends to survey the current state of neurosurgery training in the 5 continents and calls for papers to provide an insight on current schemes for neurosurgery training and education highlighting strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for neurosurgery residents and fellows. Authors are invited to collaborate by providing data from geographical regions within a continent to elucidate their current format for residency education as well as data pertinent to age, gender, geographical drawn of their trainees as well as their future carrier paths after graduation.

April 2020 – Surgical treatment of epilepsy

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Topic Editors: TBA

May 2020 – Evolution of the science of practice

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2020
Topic Editors: Robert Harbaugh (lead), Anthony Asher, Kevin Cockroft, Jack Knightly, Ganesalingam Narenthiran

The Science of Practice is the habitual and systematic collection of data, inseparable from practice, via prospective registries. Data are collected on patient characteristics, processes of care and outcomes. Data analysis generates new knowledge about the effectiveness of care and helps to refine operative indications. Innovations in treatment can be assessed by adding these options to the prospective registry. Over the course of the last 20 years the Science of Practice has evolved from single center, registry efforts analyzed using basic, descriptive statistics to multi-center, prospective observational databases analyzed using sophisticated statistical techniques and artificial intelligence algorithms. We are looking for papers that will describe this evolution, including papers that explore the use of the Science of Practice for quality improvement, comparative effectiveness research, payer negotiations, board certification and other applications in neurosurgery.


Upcoming Issues (no longer accepting submissions)

 

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

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

November 2019 – Head Trauma and Brain Injury
Topic Editors: Alex Valadka (lead), Andrew Maas, Franco Servadei, Peter Hutchinson

December 2019 – Image modalities for neurosurgical disease
Topic Editors: Josh Osborn (lead) Ralph Dacey, Dan Barrow, Amit Saindane, and Chris Nimsky