Celebrating 40 Years of Editorial Excellence
In 2017, NEUROSURGERY® Publications underwent several changes and achieved notable milestones, under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief, Nelson M. Oyesiku.
NEUROSURGERY® Publications' journals aim to satisfy a distinct need among CNS members and the profession at-large, from the high-quality clinical research published in Neurosurgery to the up-to-date literature on operative practice and technique found in Operative Neurosurgery.
As a dynamic organization, we are not merely seeking to maintain the status quo year-over-year, but to truly advance our publications and the profession. In 2017, we began publishing with Oxford University Press (OUP). It goes without saying that a new partnership, especially one in the ever-evolving and multi-faceted scholarly publishing industry, requires an immense amount of work. We do hope that many of you who submitted to the journals over the course of 2017 found your experience with the Editorial Office and OUP this year to be a positive one. Moreover, without the dedication of the OUP team to our vision, many of the accomplishments we highlight here would not have been possible.
Perhaps our most notable accomplishment this year came with the release of the 2016 Impact Factor (IF). Now at 4.889, Neurosurgery's IF is the highest it has ever been and marks the third consecutive year that the journal has hit a record high IF and the fifth consecutive year of year-over-year gains. This continued upward trajectory is a validation of Neurosurgery's concerted and specific efforts to attract and publish only the highest quality manuscripts. To attain this record-breaking IF in 2017, as Neurosurgery celebrated its 40th anniversary no less, stands as a fitting tribute to Robert H. Wilkins, MD, who along with his wife, Gloria, began the journal in the summer of 1977, and to those Editors-in-Chief emeriti who stewarded the journal and built upon Dr. Wilkins's original vision: Clark Watts, MD; Edward Laws, Jr., MD; and Michael Apuzzo, MD. The journal's 40th anniversary was celebrated extensively in the July issue of Neurosurgery. We encourage each of you to spend some time with this issue as it contains Dr. Wilkins's introduction to the 1977 inaugural issue, a fitting remembrance of his life, and provides glimpses at the journal's covers over the years.
In addition to celebrating Neurosurgery's 40th anniversary, July also saw the debut of our audio abstract series: Neurosurgery Speaks! This feature offers audio translations of selected abstracts from recently published articles in 10 different languages. These translations are performed by native speakers, all of whom are members of our Neurosurgery Speaks! volunteer cohort. We plan to expand this feature to Operative Neurosurgery (ONS) as well. The first ONS Neurosurgery Speaks! audio abstracts are scheduled to debut in the coming months.
Since we began a concerted effort to cement Operative Neurosurgery as a fully independent title with a unique scope and presence, the journal has seen a marked increase in submissions. Originally published quarterly, publication frequency grew to bi-monthly in 2017. In order to accommodate the journal's growth, Operative Neurosurgery will be published monthly beginning with the January 2018 issue. Monthly publication will not only allow us to increase print publication speeds, but it also represents a significant increased member benefit. Finally, we realize the importance of content discoverability and therefore, were delighted when, in May, we were informed that the journal had been accepted for indexing in PubMed beginning with February 2017 content.
In addition to those most notable accomplishments detailed here, we hope many of you have had the chance to engage with some of Neurosurgery's featured content this year including review series (Neuroradiology and Spinal Surgery), supplements (AOSpine North America's 2017 Focus Issue and "The Coming Changes in Neurosurgical Practice"), and guidelines (Brain Trauma Foundation's "Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Fourth Edition" and Angioma Alliance's "Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations"). The previous year was indeed another banner year for NEUROSURGERY® Publications. We look forward to an even bigger and brighter 2018!