Neurosurgical Focus Information for Authors
Neurosurgical Focus (Focus): This well-respected, freely accessible, online-only journal has been publishing important findings in neurosurgery since 1996. Each monthly issue covers a different topic in the field, and submissions are reviewed by experts on each topic. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are offered each month on selected articles. The Editors and Editorial Boards encourage submissions that are relevant to the selected topics described in the Call for Papers.
- Neurosurgical Focus Impact Factor (2022): 4.1
- Online ISSN: 1092-0684
For questions or assistance with submission, please email the JNSPG Peer Review Team.
Any manuscript that does not meet formatting requirements will be returned for correction before peer review.
Please note that all submissions are screened through iThenticate Plagiarism Prevention software.
Instructions & Forms
- Change of Authorship Form
- Guidelines for Figures
- Guidelines for References
- Guidelines for Supplemental Data
- Guidelines for Tables
- Manuscript Types and Limits Policy
- Manuscript Template
- New Submission Checklist
- Original Material License Agreement
- Patient/Volunteer Consent
- Previously Published Permission Request
- Revision Checklist
- Revision Cover Letter Template
- Track Changes Tutorial
Peer Review Process
All manuscripts are processed and sent out for non-blinded, consecutive peer review. Topic Editors are vetted by the Editor-in-Chief (EIC). The EIC and/or Associate Editor reviews all manuscripts and reviewer comments before making final decisions regarding publication. If appropriate, rejected papers from Focus may be submitted for consideration to one of the other JNSPG journals.
In accordance with International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations, the journal requires editorial board members to recuse themselves from the review process if they hold conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to any articles under their direct consideration. For more information, please visit the ICMJE’s position on the reporting of conflicts of interest.
Manuscript Content and Formatting
To ensure that submissions are correctly formatted, we encourage all authors to use our Manuscript Template. As a part of manuscript submission, authors are required to complete and upload the New Submission Checklist. The Revision Checklist must be completed and uploaded when submitting revisions.
For specific information regarding requirements for your manuscript type, please refer to the Manuscript Types and Limits Policy.
When preparing their manuscript, authors should follow reporting requirements specific to their subject matter. These requirement guidelines can be accessed via the EQUATOR Network website. At the time of submission, authors should submit the appropriate checklist with their paper.
Manuscripts posted to a preprint server must adhere to our Preprint Policy.
The JNSPG now offers an open access license for a fee of $3000 (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]; see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) for accepted manuscripts. This option is available for manuscripts following acceptance and has no bearing on publication decisions.
The JNSPG does not charge a submission or publication fees for Neurosurgical Focus; however, there are enhancements that do carry a charge including:
Supplemental Data Publication Fee: $125
Errata Processing Fee: $100 per affected page
Neurosurgical Focus articles are indexed in:
- Web of Science
- Science Citation Index Expanded
- Current Contents - Clinical Medicine