Announcement: Next Journal Club Round Deadline Approaching

A friendly reminder that submissions for the next Journal Club round are due June 30, 2014.

A sincere thank you to those whose programs contributed to last quarter’s journal club competition. The winning program will be featured in the August 2014 issue of Neurosurgery, with the finalists appearing in the Neurosurgery Journal Club blog.

The selected article for the next Journal Club competition is: “The Impact of Body Mass Index on Hospital Stay and Complications After Spinal Fusion” by McClendon et al. Neurosurgery. (January 2014).

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014.

As a reminder, Journal Club submissions should adhere to the following guidelines for submission:


Current neurosurgery residents and fellows may contribute to Journal Club commentaries. We particularly encourage submissions that reflect the participatory nature of the traditional journal club setting.

Authors of Journal Club submissions may not be from the same institution or have any real or apparent conflict of interest with the authors of the Journal Club article being reviewed. Journal Club articles are chosen from among the top-downloaded Neurosurgery articles of the previous calendar quarter.


The format should follow that of Journal Club presentations in neuroscience departments. Comments must be accurate, well reasoned, and scholarly.

Journal Club commentaries should have 11 main components:

•  Significance/context and importance of the study
•  Originality of the work
•  Appropriateness of the study design or experimental approach
•  Adequacy of experimental techniques
•  Soundness of conclusions and interpretation
•  Relevance of discussion
•  Clarity of writing, strength and organization of the paper
•  Economy of words
•  Relevance, accuracy and completeness of bibliography
•  Number and quality of figures, tables and illustrations
•  Future/next steps

Journal Club submissions should provide a thoughtful critical review of the elements in the article, rather than simply rehashing the paper, and should focus on the most important results.

Submissions are limited to 2,000 words with no more than 5 references. Figures and tables are not permitted. Authors should follow the accepted style of Neurosurgery, as defined by the Instructions for Authors.

Please click here for a sample Journal Club article.

To submit your program’s Journal Club article, please visit the Neurosurgery Online Manuscript Submission website at

For any other questions, please contact the Editorial Office at 404.712.5930.