Hellenic Neurosurgery is the official journal of the Hellenic Neurosurgical Society. It is published every 4 months with a frequency of 3 issues per year. It is a peer reviewed, open-access journal, which doesn’t charge publication fees. The field of interests are clinical and experimental neurosurgery, evolution and history of neurosurgery, and translational research in neurosciences. The official language of the journal is English. The journal accepts the following types of articles: Original studies, Case reports, Review articles, Technical notes, Historical & Socio economical articles, Letters to the Editor and Book reviews. The journal uses single blind peer review.
All submitted manuscripts are initially assessed by an editor for suitability check. Papers considered suitable for the journal are then sent for review to independent expert reviewers to evaluate the scientific quality and novelty of the manuscript. Submitted manuscripts should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Papers are accepted for evaluation on the understanding that they are original and are not under concurrent consideration by another journal.
How to Submit
Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to the following address: [email protected]
Questions about submission should be sent to the Editorial Office to the same e-mail address.
This Journal publishes several different article types.
Full-length manuscripts on the scope and purpose of the journal will be considered for publication. As a rule, papers should be divided into sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References), and should not exceed 3.500 words (excluding abstract and keywords, figures, tables, captions and references) with maximum number of 50 references and no more than 8 authors. A structured abstract not exceeding 250 words must be included. Original articles can have a maximum of 8 figures or tables.
To be considered for publication, case reports should present rare and unusual cases of interest. Case reports should be divided into sections (Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, References) and should not exceed 1.500 words (excluding abstract and keywords, figures, tables, captions and references). An unstructured abstract not exceeding 150 words must be included. Case reports can have a maximum of 4 figures or tables. Case reports should not have more than 15 references and no more than 4 authors.
Review Articles (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses)
Review articles must not exceed 6.000 words (excluding abstract and keywords, figures, tables, captions and references) with maximum 70 references and no more
than 6 authors. An unstructured or structured abstract not exceeding 250 words must be included. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should follow the guidelines outlined in the PRISMA statement.
Manuscripts on technical notes should have an unstructured Abstract and corresponding sections as needed.
Historical & Socio-economical Articles
Historical or socio-ecomonical articles of neurosurgical interest may be considered for publication. These articles shouldn’t exceed 6.000 words (excluding abstract and keywords, figures, tables, captions and references) with maximum 70 references and no more than 4 authors. An unstructured abstract not exceeding 150 words should be provided.
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor may be comments from readers related to articles published in the journal over the last 6 months or other topics of interest including unpublished original research. The letter should be no longer than 500 words (excluding keywords, figures, tables, captions and references) with no more than 5 references and maximum 2 authors. No abstract is needed.
Reviews of books are invited by the editorial board. The maximum length is 800 words of text (not including references) with maximum 2 authors.
The submitted manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter which will include the name, address, and e-mail address of the corresponding author, who is responsible for the communication with co-authors on the progress and final approval of the submitted manuscript. The cover letter should also include a statement that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere, and that the corresponding author certifies that all co-authors have seen and approved the submitted manuscript.
The title page should include the Title of the manuscript and details about the author. All authors should include their full name and affiliation on the first page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author providing full contact information (Name, title, institution, address, telephone, e-mail). Statement on potential conflicts of interest and sources of support of any form should be included. The role of each contributing author should be also specified.
Original articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses should contain a structured abstract of no more than 250 words with the following headings: objective, material and methods, results, conclusion. In narrative reviews, an unstructured abstract with a limit of 250 words must be included. An abstract in Greek not exceeding 300 words
should also be provided. Case reports, Historical, Socio-economical manuscripts and
book reviews should have an unstructured abstract and should be maximum 150 words as previously described. For Letters to the Editor no abstract is needed.
Please provide 4 to 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts to be used for indexing purposes.
Manuscripts should be submitted in Word. Please use normal, plain font (e.g., 12- point Times New Roman, double spaced) with numbered pages. The manuscript should have the following order: main text; acknowledgments; references.
Abbreviations should be defined in full when first mention and used thereafter. References
References should be listed in the reference list in order they appear in the text. Within text they should appear in in square brackets, i.e., [1,2], [1,2, 4-8] or [1-3]. List all the authors of the reference. The titles of journals, textbooks, or book chapters should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. The journal permits accepted but not yet published articles to be included in the references list as “(in press)”.
Examples of reference style:
Liu W, Ni M, Jia W, Wan W, Tang J. Evidence-based medicine in neurosurgery: an academic publication view. Neurosurg Rev. 2018; 41: 55-65.
Author 1; Author 2. Book Title or Title of the chapter and book title, 3rd ed.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, Year; pp. 154–196.
Reference should be provided in full, including both the title of the website and the URL, and the date the site was accessed.
Figures should be of high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color) and submitted as TIFF or JPEG files. Please ensure that each figure has a caption.
Tables should be submitted as editable text (preferable Word) and not as images.
Tables should be placed on a separate page(s) at the end of the text after the reference list. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text Videos
Videos should be of high quality, no more than 10 minutes and less than 1GB. Accepted video file types is mp4.
There are no publication charges.
Ethics in publishing
Studies in humans
Manuscripts submitted for publication must contain a statement that all human and studies have been approved by the relevant ethics committee/Institutional Review Board, and were therefore carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki). The approval reference number should be included.
A statement mentioning that the experimental protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board, and that all subjects gave informed consent should be provided. If case Institutional Review Board approval or patient consent were not obtained, authors must offer an explanation.
Studies in animals
Manuscripts that report animal experiments must include a statement stating that the study was approved by the Institutional Review Board and that the animal care fulfilled the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council (Washington: National Academy Press, 1996).
No identifiable protected health information of any person may be included in any manuscript submitted to or published to Hellenic Neurosusgrey unless the information is essential for the published work and the patient has provided written informed consent.
Special attention should be given to images that contain identifiable individual patient characteristics or data head or face characteristics, or where the individual’s name or other personal details are mentioned. Special care should be taken when children are concerned.
Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and will be addressed as such. The journal may use plagiarism detection software to screen the submissions. If plagiarism is identified, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on plagiarism will be followed. In case of extensive plagiarism, appropriate actions will be taken by the journal.
Cases of academic fraud, duplicate and redundant publication will be managed according to COPE Guidelines.
Previously Published work
The authors are responsible to obtain permission to reproduce any previously published material (i.e. tables, figures), and are responsible for covering any related costs.
Transfer of copyright to the ‘’Hellenic Neurosurgery’’ is a condition of publication. Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be fully provided.
Submission of a revised manuscript should include a response to the reviewers file with detailed point-by-point answers to the reviewers queries. Revised Manuscripts should have tracked or highlighted changes including also the revised Figures and/or Tables.