Scientific Publication in Neurosurgery

Scientific Publication in Neurosurgery

WFNS Spine and Education Committees

On March 5, 2022, an online education session entitled “Scientific Publication in Neurosurgery” or “How to Write a Good Paper” was hosted by Joachim Oertel and Luis Borba for the WFNS Spine and Education Committees. This webinar was arranged at the request of many young trainees and neurosurgeons worldwide. This is to bridge the gap between clinical work and high-quality publications.

Highly illuminating talks were given by research experts including Faridah Amin (Pakistan, Director CHD Indus Hospital), Michael Fehlings (Canada, Univ. of Toronto), Nelson Oyesiku (USA, Chief Editor, Neurosurgery) and Edward Benzel (USA, Chief Editor, World Neurosurgery). Prof. Amin focused on study design and illustrated how to find a good hypothesis. She pointed out that a good design regarding the hypothesis and the methods used to answer it are crucial for success. Prof. Fehlings elucidated writing a meta-analysis and how to construct a review. He gave special respect to different reporting standards. The session was concluded by the much-appreciated talks of Prof. Oyesiku and Prof. Benzel who pointed out the characteristics of a quality paper. Prof. Oyesiku emphasized the importance of a quality abstract, as it is the first and sometimes the last part of a paper read. Prof. Benzel gave a closer look into the review process of his journal and recommended a useful structure for a successful paper. As chief editors of their respective journals, their points of view were most intriguing.

Both the young and “mature” neurosurgeons gave very positive feedback and asked interesting questions. Discussion after the talks was high quality. WFNS Committee chairs of Spine (Salman Sharif) and Education (Luis Borba) thanked the participants and contributors. They were confident that these talks will go a long way towards improving the quality of manuscripts being submitted to high index journals

August 2022