Publications Committee Report

James S. Harrop, MD, FACS

The Publications Committee has six members: Chairman and Editor of Congress Quarterly, James S. Harrop, MD; Neurosurgery® Editor-in-Chief Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD; Neurosurgery Managing Editor, Melissa B. Berbusse, Clinical Neurosurgery Editor Gerald A. Grant, MD; Web Editor Brian T. Ragel, and Advisory Board Member-at-Large, Ashwini D. Sharan, MD.

Neurosurgery

Melissa B. Berbusse assumed the role of Managing Editor of Neurosurgery in March 2014.

The foundation of CNS publications is the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgery. This has been successfully guided and directed by Editor-in-Chief Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, who took the helm of the journal in 2009.

This journal has improved over the last several decades with the use of supplemental electronic media such as podcasts, videos and commentaries. The advancement of video has been exceptionally helpful to the instructional and operative manuscripts. Therefore, Dr. Oyesiku has decided to transition Neurosurgery’s supplement, Operative Neurosurgery, into its own standalone journal. Operative Neurosurgery is being expanded to an electronic journal with innovative features to provide greater opportunities for further development of electronic-based media. This change into a separate freestanding journal will not change its overall high quality.

Neurosurgery has had a strong history of meeting members’ needs through the addition of supplemental journals. The recently completed simulation issue (guest editors, James Harrop and Bernard Bendok), cervical spine guidelines (guest editor, Mark Hadley) and augmented reality supplement (guest editor, Garnette R. Sutherland) are available for review on the CNS website.

Clinical Neurosurgery

Clinical Neurosurgery was one of the first publications of the CNS, and serves as an official archive and proceedings of the CNS Annual Meeting. Gerald Grant has been the editor of this successful publication, and it has been effectively transitioned into an electronic journal, allowing the CNS to reduce cost and subsequently increase distribution of the annual meetings, proceedings.

In addition to Clinical Neurosurgery containing the proceedings of the annual meeting, there is hope to further expand this journal’s role. One possibility is the transition of this journal into a vehicle for other societies with neurosurgical educational goals to also be distributed, which may enable the CNS to further broaden international exposure.

Congress Quarterly (cnsq)

Congress Quarterly is the third major product of the publication committee, and I have been fortunate to have been the editor over the last several years. The cnsq is distributed four times a year with spring, summer, fall and winter issues. This fall issue, as is done annually, is dedicated to the CNS Annual Meeting.

Neurosurgery®: The Official Journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Operative Neurosurgery: A quarterly supplement to Neurosurgery®, offers a practical focus on operative techniques and new instrumentation.

Clinical Neurosurgery: The annual compendium of the proceedings of the CNS Annual Meeting.

Congress Quarterly (cnsq): The official newsmagazine of the CNS.