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Invitation to the second issue of the Journal of Global Neurosurgery

Invitation to the second issue of the Journal of Global Neurosurgery

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Dr. Kee B. Park, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Global Neurosurgery, and Dr. Ignatius Esene, Deputy-EIC of the Journal of Global Neurosurgery, I’m inviting you to participate in the upcoming issue of the JGNS.

The Journal of Global Neurosurgery is an open-access, international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Global Neurosurgery. The first issue of the journal was published successfully with solicited contributions from many global neurosurgery experts around the world. For the second issue, we target the area of “Pediatric Neurosurgery” and the issue is dedicated to Mr. William Harkness.

The 2nd issue will feature the “Comprehensive Policy Recommendations for the Management of Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida in LMICs” as the key featured article. 

I would like to invite you to write, prepare, and submit any manuscripts that you have in mind and would fit under the topic of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

The types of articles that we consider:

§  Commentaries (short, almost letter like at 500-1000 words)

§  Perspectives (a bit longer with 1000- 2000 words)

§  Original Research Articles (case-control, cohorts, transversal, efficacy or effectiveness studies, cost-benefit or cost-effectiveness studies, non-randomized clinical studies, randomized clinical studies, or meta-analyses)

§  Review Articles (narrative, systematic, scoping reviews – up to 3000 words)

§  Articles of Clinical Practice Guidelines

§  Brief Communications (advances of studies or research projects)

§  Articles of Cases and Series of Cases

§  Articles of Medical Education and/or Medical Ethics

§  Letters to the Editor

Examples for suggested topics:

§  What is the current burden of SB (or any other pediatric neurosurgery conditions) in your country? 

§  What types of treatment are available?

§  What is the current state of Pediatric Neurosurgery in your country?

§  Is the capacity sufficient to meet the demands? Enough pediatric neurosurgeons? Facilities?

§  What are the challenges? 

§  Who pays for the medical costs of a child with SB? Is it covered in the national insurance scheme? What is the out-of-pocket cost?

§  Any efforts toward prevention? Legislation landscape? Funded? If not, why not? What has been the impact in preventing SB? Economic benefits?

§  Is there a national registry for birth defects like SB? Why is this important?

§  What role should neurosurgeons play in the non-surgical aspects of pediatric neurosurgical conditions like SB? 

§  Why is collaboration essential to solving global health challenges? What is the roadmap to achieving its mission?

You all can think of many more beyond these suggestions. Feel free to reach out if you require any guidance.

Please, note that:

1. There are no submission fees or article processing charges for accepted manuscripts

2. All submissions should be made through this link: http://198.12.226.205/index.php/jgn/about/submissions

3. All submissions should undergo blinded peer-review by at least 2 blinded expert reviewers and one section editor in the JGNS

4. The journal editorial board conducts a fair peer-review process and encourages submissions from authors in developing countries.

5. The deadline to submit manuscripts for the 2nd issue (pediatric neurosurgery) is September 30th.

6. Future issues of the journal will address other areas like stroke, TBI, Spine, … etc, and submissions in these areas are welcomed too. If you have relevant manuscripts in other neurosurgical areas that relate to the field of Global Neurosurgery, you can submit them to the journal.

7. The journal just started a few months ago, so it is not currently indexed in PubMed or SCOPUS, but it is operating in line with the technical and scientific requirements for indexing. Once we publish the required minimum number of issues, we will apply for indexing in major databases.

8. The journal of Global Neurosurgery is dedicated to global neurosurgery manuscripts with the aim of improving research and practice of neurosurgical care in LMICs. If you plan to submit a clinical manuscript, you should make it relevant to the journal direction by adding at least 2 extra paragraphs at the end of the discussion, called “Global Neurosurgery Context” this might be the challenges of the studied surgery/condition in LMICs, the lessons learned from this work that would be relevant for other LMICs, or any future plans.

Please, send any journal-related inquiries to this institutional email address: ahmed_negida@hms.harvard.edu

Thank you

On Behalf of the JGNS Editorial Board

JGNS Managing Editor

Ahmed Negida, M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D.(c)

Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, MA
Ph.D. candidate (’21) in Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK
M.B., B.Ch., (MD) Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt
Global Neurosurgery Committee Secretariat, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
Co-founder & coordinator of Global NeuroSurg Research Collaborative
Mobile: +2 (0) 1125549087 | ahmed.said.negida@gmail.com | Twitter: @negidamd 
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