GUIDE TO AUTHORS

Aims & Scope

Authors submitting articles to the Egyptian Journal of Neurosurgery do not have to be members of the E.S.N.S. The Journal welcomes original articles from authors with diverse clinical and scientific interests provided that the article has a relevance to the neurosciences and practice of contemporary neurosurgery, in its widest sense. Articles are submitted for publication on the understanding that they have not been submitted simultaneously or published in another journal. The scope covers not only Egyptian Neurosurgery but that of the continent and the surrounding region Articles are subjected to peer review and the editor reserves the right to make the final decision regarding publication and to make literary amendments as deemed necessary. The following types of articles would be considered for publication:

  1. Original Research Papers.
  2. Review Articles.
  3. Short Communications and Technical Notes providing a brief account of a certain piece of work, research plans or work in progress.
  4. Case Reports dealing with interesting or rare cases or side effects of interventions.
  5. Letters to the Editor giving comments on a topic of current interest or on a material that has been published in the Journal.
  6. Announcements of forthcoming events (meetings, awards … etc).

It is a condition of publication that the authors transfer the world copyright of their manuscripts to the journal. All manuscripts should therefore be accompanied by a signed statement that the article is original, is not under consideration or has not been previously published in another journal.

The intellectual content of the paper is the responsibility of the author(s). The editors and the publisher accept no responsibility for opinion(s) and statement(s) of author(s). While every effort will be made by the editors and publisher to avoid inaccurate and misleading data, they accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of wrong information.

 

Preparation of Manuscripts

  • Print out the manuscript on white A4 paper, with margins of at least 25mm (1 inch).
  • Print on only one side of the paper.
  • Please number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page.
  • The article is to be divided into:

Page 1: Covering letter

A covering letter signed by all authors stating that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript and is fully conversant with its contents. They should transfer copyright of their manuscript to the journal.

Page 2: Title page

Title page should carry:

  1. The title of the article, which should be concise (not more than 90 characters), but specific and informative.
  2. Names of authors and coauthors, and academic degrees.
  3. Affiliation for each author (department, hospital, or academic institution) to which the work should be attributed.
  4. Name and full address (including phone, fax number, and e-mail address) of the author with whom correspondence will be made regarding the processing and proofing of the manuscripts as well as handling of reprints.
  5. A short running title of no more than 40 characters to be used in the header of the article.

Page 3:

Abstract (200-300 words). The abstract should be structured and concisely give the main aspects and features under the following clearly labeled sections: Background, Objective(s), patients (material) and methods, results, and conclusion.

Key words: 3-6 key words for indexing, according to MeSH, should be given on the same page of the abstract.

Page 4 …..: Manuscript compose of:

Introduction: State the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study. Give only strictly pertinent references and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.

Patients (Material) and Methods:

Researches involving human beings must be accompanied by letters to editors providing the mechanism used to verify the ethical consideration of the research as well as the documents that verify them. e.g: ethical committee approval and concent. Describe your selection of the experimental subjects (patients or laboratory animals, including controls). Identify the important characteristics of the subjects. Identify the methods, instrumentations (give the manufacture’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration. Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader to access to the original data to verify the reported results. Specify any computer programs used.

Results: Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observations. Do not interpret your results in this section.

Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Relate the observations to other relevant studies.

Conclusion: It should emphasize the important results and lesson(s) to learn from the study.

Disclaimer (and/or) acknowledgments (if any): The author(s) should mention clearly any financial support they received or financial interests they have concerning the submitted article. Acknowledgments can also be noted here.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3,…) according to the order of their appearance in the text. The table number is to be followed by a brief informative description.

Figures: Figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according to the order of their citation in the text. The figure number is to be followed by a brief informative description. Figure should be of high quality. Color figures are accepted with extra charge.

Illustrations: Limit the illustrations to those which clarify and reinforce the text while avoiding illustrations that demonstrate the same features. Photographs, line drawings, and graphs should be of a high artistic and technical quality. Color photographs are accepted with extra charge.

References: References should be arranged in their order of appearance in the manuscript. Identify references by Arabic numerals in parenthesis e.g. (2-5, 15).

Abbreviations should conform to the style of Medline. Acceptable references are those published and are widely available. If the references are not properly formatted, the manuscript will be returned to author for correction

References accepted but not yet published should be designated “E-pub ahead of print” after the journal name.

Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses within the text.

a. Standard journal article reference: A standard journal reference should be given in the following order: author(s), initial(s), article title, journal name abbreviation and volume number in Arabic numerals (in bold), issue number, if any, in bold between parentheses, first and last page numbers, and then publication year (no point at the end)

If authors are ≤ six in number, list them all. If they are more than 6, write the names of the first six authors followed by et al.

b. Book reference: For a book reference with personal author(s) and no editors, the order should be as follows: author(s), initial(s), title volume (if more than one edition mention the number other than the first), city, publisher, page numbers, year.

c. Website: e.g.Office for National Statistics (UK): Health expectancy: living longer, more years in poor health. Newport, UK: Office for National Statistics, 2004 (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/nugget.asp?ID=934&Pos=3&ColRank=2&Rank=512) [Accessed January 11, 2013]

 

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts are to be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief / online submission

Authors should submit to Editor in Chief two printed copies of their manuscript and a CD with the whole article including figures, tables and illustrations.

Revised manuscripts must be returned within 3 weeks of receipt; major alterations will not be accepted.

 

Reprints

Only 5 reprints are free. Additional charges will apply to any extras.

Printed at: Medical Education Development Center MEDC, Kasr Al Ainy - Cairo University.