In January 2005, Editor-in-Chief Michael L. J. Apuzzo announced the creation of Operative Neurosurgery, a new supplement to Neurosurgery. The goal of Operative Neurosurgery was to satisfy demand for subject matter that covered “the practicality of operative procedures,” by offering a publication that dealt “solely with the neurosurgical operating room...instruments, devices, techniques, procedures, nuances and refinements of methods.”1
The neurosurgical community has responded enthusiastically to Operative Neurosurgery. In its inaugural year, 67 articles were submitted to Operative Neurosurgery. By 2012, annual submissions to Operative Neurosurgery had increased by more than 333%. The challenge for the Journal has been to manage the increasing popularity of Operative Neurosurgery, while maintaining its relative position as a supplement to Neurosurgery. In short, Operative Neurosurgery has outgrown the strictures of its place in the Neurosurgery portfolio, and as Voltaire said, “Injustice in the end produces independence.”
Beginning in Spring 2014, Operative Neurosurgery will evolve into a standalone publication. From our reader’s standpoint, little will change. Operative Neurosurgery will still mail quarterly, and its content will remain as originally described by Dr Apuzzo 8 years ago. The most visible change will be the introduction of an Operative Neurosurgery web site, which will provide Operative Neurosurgery contributors with far greater visibility and presentation tools than we could provide in the past.
From an indexing standpoint, Operative Neurosurgery articles will appear in PubMed, with citations listed with Operative Neurosurgery as the source, rather than Neurosurgery supplement. Eventually, Operative Neurosurgery will garner its own Impact Factor. To this end, the Editorial Office will be working closely with our publisher, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, to ensure the smoothest possible transition of citation data.
We are making this announcement well in advance of the premier issue of the newly independent Operative Neurosurgery to ensure that submitting authors are appropriately informed of changes to the Neurosurgery portfolio. Any questions regarding a current or future submission to Operative Neurosurgery should be directed to the Editorial Office. It is our goal to make this transition with as little disruption to the editorial process as possible, and we welcome the opportunity to guide our authors appropriately.
In its premier issue, Albert L. Rhoton, Jr congratulated Dr Apuzzo thusly, “Every aspect of our specialty’s contribution to medicine is the operative experience in which we help others by seeing, touching, and manipulating the nervous system. It is this unique operative experience that will be the focus of this new publication.”2 It is a sincere privilege to shepherd Operative Neurosurgery through this next stage in its evolution.
1. Apuzzo M. The Craft of Neurosurgery. Neurosurgery. 2005;56(S1):ONS-1.
2. Rhoton AJ. Neurosurgery. 2005;56(S1):ONS-2.