Dynamic Industry-leading Publications Pave the Way

Gerald A. Grant, MD
Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD
Michele L. Hilgart

This has been an eventful year for the CNS Publications Committee and the CNS Editorial Office as we have worked to establish Operative Neurosurgery (ONS) as a separate publication from Neurosurgery. This separation from the CNS’ flagship journal has truly paved the way for Operative Neurosurgery to become “The Surgeon’s Armamentarium,” an indispensable resource for the practicing surgeon to advance patient care.

With this transition, ONS is now accessible through its own website: OperativeNeurosurgery-Online.com, where CNS Members and subscribers can access full-text articles as well as supplemental multimedia material such as operative videos. Authors will utilize a distinct submission and peer review site, allowing them to submit manuscripts specifically for publication in this valuable resource. The evolution also means that Operative Neurosurgery (ONS), which has had its own registered ISSN since 2014, is undergoing a citation analysis by JCR for Impact Factor. If accepted, ONS would receive its Impact Factor in the June 2016 Journal Citation Report. The CNS also previewed the pilot version of a new digital platform for ONS, available at ONS-SA.com, at the 2015 Annual Meeting. This platform utilizes a robust search engine and multimedia content delivery system to place journal content, deconstructed and aggregated according to the needs of surgeons at all levels, on any mobile device.

Meanwhile, Neurosurgery had an outstanding year, and with a new editorial board in place, has reviewed a record number of submissions from more than 50 countries worldwide. In addition, Neurosurgery published two special spine supplements in 2015: a “best of” collection from the past five years, and the AOSpine focus issue, The Aging Spine. Access to the journal continues to expand online (via Ovid), with total user sessions increasing more than 25 percent, and more than 400,000 fulltext articles accessed. Citations continue to grow as well; Neurosurgery’s 2014 Impact Factor was 3.620, ranking it 21 out of 198 journals in the surgery category. This represents the journal’s highest Impact Factor since its inception in 1977. In 2016 and beyond, Neurosurgery will continue to focus on publishing the very latest, high-impact science in the specialty with the debut of new, focused topical reviews in the related clinical neurosciences and thematic invited supplements from expert authors and guest editors.

Clinical Neurosurgery also underwent changes in 2015, with Dr. Krystal Tomei stepping into the editor-in-chief role previously held by Dr. Gerald Grant. We thank Dr. Grant for his ten years of service to Clinical Neurosurgery. In keeping with tradition, Volume 62 features highlights from the 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston, including the Presidential Address by Dr. Daniel Resnick and two presentations from Honored Guest Dr. Edward Benzel. We’ll be introducing a new online-only format in 2016 and anticipate it will allow us to expand upon CNS Annual Meeting content.

Our Congress Quarterly (CNSQ) editorial board delivered another four great issues in 2015, with Dr. Gerald Grant taking over the editorial reins, a position previously held by Dr. James S. Harrop. Our winter issue focused on the game-changing technology from the Neurovation symposium held at the 2014 Annual Meeting, while our spring issue projected what neurosurgery might look like in 2065 across a number of subspecialty practice areas. After publishing a 2015 Annual Meeting preview issue early in summer, we dedicated the fall issue to spotlighting neurosurgery’s role in a number of national disasters. This impactful issue featured interviews with neurosurgeons at the front lines of the Asiana Airlines crash, Hurricane Katrina, the shooting of former US State Representative Gabby Giffords, and more. The Publications Committee and CNSQ Editorial Board wish to thank the many CNS members and volunteers who have collaborated on articles and contributed to the publication this year.