Aims, Scope and Format of Papers
The official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) was founded in 1972 as Child's Brain. Since January 1985, the journal has been published by Springer. The new official journal, Child's Nervous System (CNS), although primarily devoted to pediatric neurosurgery, has been expanded to encompass all aspects of the pediatric neurosciences: development and growth, degenerative disorders, hereditary diseases, neurology, neuro-oncology, neurophysiology and trauma. The format of the papers published in CNS vary according to the specific goals of the authors. Original Papers report the results of laboratory or clinical studies. Technical Notes introduce new surgical modalities or variants of existing techniques. Case Reports describe unusual or rare clinical experiences. Brief Communications offer authors the opportunity to publish focused papers aimed at illustrating specific, significant, personal experiences or at anticipating important preliminary results of ongoing research. Case-Based Update papers aim to review the current management of a specific nosographic entity on the basis of a sample clinical case. On the other hand, Case for Discussion papers deal with cases that pose problems in terms of physiopathogenetic interpretation or treatment options. These papers will be discussed and commented on by experts selected by the journal. Review papers offer exhaustive information on a given subject. The Editor will invite experts in the various fields of neuroscience to publish Invited Papers.
Original manuscripts are given priority for publication; the same applies to Brief Communications. Individual case reports are welcome but, if accepted for publication, the "lag-time" before appearance in print may well exceed 7 months from the time the final manuscript is received by the appropriate geographic editor until the time it is published. However, faster publication is possible for individual case reports that may generate discussion (Case for Discussion papers) or that provide an update on the status quo of a rare subject (Case-Based Update papers). A given issue may contain assigned and submitted critiques of current and previously published papers, book reviews, and letters to the editor. Suggestions regarding ways to improve Child's Nervous System are both solicited and welcome.