Neurosurgery (journal)

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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Neurosurgery
Language English
Edited by Nelson Oyesiku
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0148-396X (print)
1524-4040 (web)
LCCN 77643119
OCLC no. 03301698

Neurosurgery is a monthly peer reviewed medical journal of neurosurgery and the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. It is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The journal publishes original research, reviews, and editorials.


Discussion about a new specialist journal began in 1973 at a Southern Neurosurgical Society meeting, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the next 3 years negotiations took place to either purchase an existing journal or start a new one. In July 1976, during a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the decision to begin a new publication was made at the recommendation of the Congress' Publication Committee.[1] President Robert G. Ojemann made the announcement of its launch at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons on October 27, 1976[2] and the inaugural issue of Neurosurgery was published in July 1977 as a bimonthly publication. The journal shifted to monthly publication in 1979.[3]

The first supplement to Neurosurgery, named the "Millenium Supplement", was published in September 2000.[4] The Operative Neurosurgery supplement is currently produced quarterly, and other topic-focused supplements are produced throughout the editorial calendar.


The following individuals have been editor-in-chief of the journal:

  • Robert Wilkins, 1977-1982
  • Clark Watts, 1982–1987
  • Edward Laws, Jr, 1987–1992
  • Michael Apuzzo, 1992–2009
  • Nelson Oyesiku, 2009–present

Impact factor[edit]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, Neurosurgery has a 2014 impact factor of 3.620, ranking it 21st out of 198 journals in the category "Surgery"[5] and 41st out of 192 in the category "Clinical Neurology".[6]


In May 2010, the International Podcast Series was introduced with article abstracts from the current issue translated and read in 8 languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian).


  1. ^ Wilkins RH (1982). "Birth of a Journal: The Origin and Early Years of Neurosurgery". Neurosurgery 10 (6): 820–826. doi:10.1227/00006123-198206010-00029. 
  2. ^ Wilkins RH (1977). "Editorial Introduction". Neurosurgery 1 (1): 1. 
  3. ^ "Previous Issues : Neurosurgery". Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  4. ^ "September 2000 - Volume 47 - Issue 3 : Neurosurgery". Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Surgery". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 
  6. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Clinical Neurology". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 

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