Contemporary Reviews in Neurology & Neurosurgery exclusively publishes review papers on contemporary topics of clinical and academic interest in Neurology and Neurosurgery, and associated fields. There are three primary rationales for this journal’s existence: 1) there is currently no English-language Neurology or Neurosurgery journal that exclusively publishes review papers; 2) with the multi-fold increase in scientific publications, it is not practical for clinicians and scholars to peruse every single relevant paper presenting original research; and 3) by limiting its publications to review papers, this journal encourages broader participation in scholarly activity and in dissemination of knowledge by scholars and clinicians who lack a voice in traditional journals dedicated to original scientific research.
By having a robust peer-review process, we maintain high standards of published papers. By having an open-access format, totally free of charge to authors, and a rapid, independent, review process, we hope to facilitate publication for authors who cannot do primary research, who do not have access to an IRB process, who lack the statistical supports to generate, collect and analyze large amounts of original data, but who can make valuable contributions to the literature in the form of review papers, summarizing relevant topics for the vast majority of neurologists and neurosurgeons who may not read the mainstream journals for individual scientific publications, but who would nonetheless prefer to have succinct reviews on topics relevant to their daily lives.
This journal also hopes to attract review papers from around the globe, thus internationalizing scholarly activity. While this journal is published exclusively in English, to expand the reader base of this type of material, we will share our format with anyone, in any country or region, to encourage replication of this form of publication across different languages. Types of Reviews of interest to us include, but not limited to: Critical Reviews, Literature Reviews, Bibliometric Reviews, Meta-analyses, Case Studies Associated Reviews, etc. (For a succinct summary of types of reviews, see: Maria Grant & Andrew Booth, “A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies”, Health Information and Libraries Journal, 26, pp. 91-108, 2009).