As the Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS) enters its 76th year of publication, its role as a principal repository of the neurosurgical body of knowledge continues to rise. Following in the steps of earlier journals in other disciplines, the JNS was founded to help provide experts in the field of neurological surgery a forum to present and interpret the important data that have shaped the way the field is practiced around the world. Though not exclusive in its mission, the “White Journal” innovated the management as well as the delivery of information and has served as an example for neurosurgical journals born thereafter.
As with all events, the foundational elements of the JNS are centered on the needs of the times. An understanding of the precipitating events and the individuals instrumental in its genesis and subsequent maturation brings to light the JNS’s main focus: to be the principal journal for the field.