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Neurosurgery Open Instructions for Authors

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​PLEASE READ: The NEUROSURGERY Publications Instructions for Authors, containing full policies and procedures for authors, can be found here. Authors should review this section thoroughly before deciding which Journal is most appropriate for their submission.​

Below please find the aim and scope of as well as submission requirements for ​Neurosurgery Open​ specifically. Article types are described. Links to manuscript templates describing technical requirements can be accessed by clicking the Article Type name. Additionally a formatting chart listing the requirements for all Article Types can be found ​ here​. ​

Aim and Scope of Neurosurgery Open
Submission Preparation: Neurosurgery Open Article Types
Full-Length Article Types
Digital Archiving
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Aim and Scope of Neurosurgery Open

Neurosurgery Open is an online-only, fully Open Access publication with al​​​l content publishing under the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC-ND, unless an alternative is required by a funding body. Content published in Neurosurgery Open publishes on a rolling basis with issues closed quarterly. Neurosurgery Open provides an outlet for the publication of scientific papers dealing with clinical neurosurgery and experimental neurosurgery, such as case series, clinical studies, and other information of interest to neurosurgeons.

Submission Preparation: Neurosurgery Open Article Types

NOTE: All submissions undergo a “Technical Check" to confirm their adherence to Journal standards. If your submission is not formatted correctly, it will be returned for corrections, delaying peer review. Please format your submission correctly to ensure timely processing. Additional submission preparation information is available in the   ​NEUROSURGERY Publications Instructions for Authors.​​

Article Publication

Neurosurgery Open follows a continuous publication model with issues closed on a quarterly basis. Published articles will first appear on the Latest Articles page of the Neurosurgery Open site. Once a quarterly issue closes all articles published during that time will be assigned to the issue. Articles will publish online as soon as possible unless otherwise held for specific issue placement or embargo.


These article types cover a range of topics from neurosurgery. The information and data presented in these studies should be based on original research.

Research-Human-Clinical Studies represent a substantial body of laboratory or clinical work involving human subjects. The objective should be well defined, the methodology should be well described; the evidence presented should be original and the discussion should be based on the data. Ethical standards must be met for both human and cadaveric subjects, with the approval of institutional research board (IRB) and appropriate consents. These articles should follow standard study designs and protocols as outlined by the Research Reporting Guidelines. For observational epidemiological studies and diagnostic accuracy, see Research Reporting Guidelines for further requirements.


Review articles are balanced accounts of all aspects of a particular subject including the pros and cons of any contentious or uncertain aspect. The Journal publishes 2 types of reviews:

  • Qualitative Reviews are based on previous literature, are often narrative, and provide current guidance on the latest neurosurgery practices.
  • Quantitative Reviews involve data analysis and predictions, can include control groups, and present discussions on certain neurosurgery techniques, tools/equipment, and implementation.

For systematic reviews and meta-analyses, see Research Reporting Guidelines for information regarding PRISMA and MOOSE.

Case Report

Case Reports must present an unusual clinical development or a new insight into a well-recognized clinical scenario and provide evidence of how the case contributes to understanding of the condition/treatment. Case Reports that do not satisfy these requirements will not be considered. See Research Reporting Guidelines for information regarding CARE.

Please be aware that Neurosurgery Open accepts a very small percentage of submitted Case Reports. Consequently, review times are extended.

Legacy submissions should be focused on notable people, institutions, or organizations.

Special Article submissions may address an important topic in neurosurgery or related disciplines, ethics, health policy, and the law

Case Series

Case Series is a type of study that tracks patients with a known exposure, such as patients who have received a similar treatment (e.g., surgical procedure) or examines their medical records for exposure and outcome. Case series may be consecutive or non-consecutive, depending on whether all cases presenting to the authors over a period were included, or only a selection. Case series have a descriptive study design, unlike studies that employ an analytic design (e.g., cohort studies, case-control studies, or randomized controlled trials). See​ Research Reporting Guidelines for information regarding PROCESS.


Complication articles should consist of a description of a surgical (intraoperative or postoperative) complication that is unique in its occurrence or causation. They should include a concise clinical summary and images (diagnostic and intraoperative as appropriate) to illustrate the pertinent issues, as well as a scholarly discussion of the root-cause analysis and how it could have been prevented in the reported case and similar cases that other surgeons and readers may encounter.


Editorials are invited essays written and submitted by a member of the Editorial Board that represents the Journal's position on a particular topic.

Guest Editorial

Guest Editorials are invited essays written and submitted by a member of the neurosurgery community to express their views on an issue timely to the neurosurgery community.

Editor-in-Chief Registrar

The Registrar is an article type reserved specifically for communications from the Editor-in-Chief to the Journal readership. The Editor-in-Chief may use this as a venue to provide updates on the Journal and its features or to communicate his or her views on a subject timely to the neurosurgery community.

​Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS. Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website. ​CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.


Neurosurgery Open welcomes paid print and digital advertising from relevant institutions, organizations, and corporations. Advertisements are managed by the publisher Wolters Kluwer. Please click here to learn more about WK's Advertising and Corporate Services. Neurosurgery Open's specific media kit can be found here. Advertisement design and copy are subject to the approval of the NEUROSURGERY Publications Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publications.

Contact Us

All queries may be directed to the NEUROSURGERY Publications Editorial Office:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 847.240.2500

Mail: NEUROSURGERY Publications Editorial Office, 10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 190, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173