Newswise — CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, OCTOBER 24, 2014. The Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG) and its parent organization, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), are pleased to announce a new look for the JNSPG journals: Journal of Neurosurgery; Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine; Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics; and Neurosurgical Focus. Starting today, you will see changes in new articles posted on the JNSPG website ( ahead of print. Beginning January 1, 2015, all four journals will display the new look both in print and in downloadable pdf files.

The goal of the JNSPG journals is to provide readers with the best and most current information on neurosurgical practice, education, and research. The Journal of Neurosurgery is the world’s most highly cited neurosurgical journal and it has the highest impact factor.

The JNSPG recently developed a new strategic plan for 2015–2018 entitled “Tradition—Transition—Transformation.” To reflect the prestige of the Journal of Neurosurgery and to look toward the future, the editor-in-chief, James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, FAANS, suggested a makeover for all four journals—a fresh sophisticated format that symbolizes the most current scientific information that the journals offer while retaining classic features from their earlier look to represent the long tradition of the AANS/JNSPG scholarly neurosurgical publications.

The new appearance of the journals is the result of a collaborative effort of members of the JNSPG Redesign Committee, seven employees from multiple departments within the JNSPG office in Charlottesville. Committee members met regularly for more than 6 months, focusing on the best way to incorporate new design elements that modernize and improve the look of the journals, ease the reading process, and help readers find important article details quickly.

In an editorial [] published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery to announce the redesign rollout, Dr. Rutka sums up the intent of the makeover:

“We hope our audience will enjoy and benefit from the redesign. What we believe we’ve achieved is a polished look that will offer a comfortable transition for our readers—it suggests continuity for the JNSPG as we move into the future. We are still the ‘white journal,’ but for a new era.”