The Role of Neurosurgery Journals in Evidence-Based Neurosurgical Care

The Role of Neurosurgery Journals in Evidence-Based Neurosurgical Care
Jordan P. Amadio MD, MBA and Nelson M. Oyesiku MD, PhD

Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, 2015-04-01, Volume 26, Issue 2, Pages 283-294, Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
Neurosurgery journals have played an active role in improving the quality of the neurosurgical literature. This role has expanded to improve the quality of care by incorporating an evidence-based view of neurosurgery practice. Neurosurgery journals have facilitated the organization of knowledge into clinically useful forms via the publication of meta-analyses and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines. Peer review continues to be a core feature of neurosurgery publishing, with attendant ethical and procedural safeguards. Finally, neurosurgery journals have spearheaded innovative responses to cultural and technological changes, including initiatives to deliver high-quality research in electronic formats and support the education of future neurosurgery investigators.

Key points

• Journals have played a key role in improving the quality of neurosurgical care over the past several decades, in part by endorsing an evidence-based view of neurosurgery practice.

• Reporting guidelines have emerged as a key tool for strengthening the quality of neurosurgery literature.

• Neurosurgery journals promote the organization of knowledge into clinically useful forms via the publication of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and clinical practice guidelines.

• Peer review continues to be a core feature of neurosurgery publishing that serves to safeguard the quality of the literature.

• Through several initiatives, neurosurgery journals have undertaken a leadership position for the future of medical publishing.
Read More: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25771284

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