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When Less is More: Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group Announces New Limits on Manuscript Elements

The Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG) announces a change in policy, affecting manuscript submission.

Effective January 1, 2018, new limits on word length and number of manuscript elements will be required for all papers submitted to the JNSPG print journals — the Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, and Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics — and all manuscripts submitted to the JNSPG online journal — Neurosurgical Focus. The limits are shown below.

JNS Manuscript Limits

These limits can be found in a new editorial by James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FAANS, Editor-in-Chief of the JNSPG, entitled “Refining manuscript elements in the Journal of Neurosurgery: when less is more” (

These limits are in keeping with those specified by other scholarly journals. We do not expect that the new policy will pose any difficulty for authors preparing papers. Instead, in his editorial, Dr. Rutka lists three potential advantages of the new policy:

  1. An overall reduction in manuscript length will likely lead to publication of a greater number of articles in journal issues.
  2. JNSPG staff will move manuscripts more efficiently through submission and article preparation (which should translate into shorter times to publication).
  3. Economies of language and data presentation can allow an author to “say more with less — one measure of a truly great writer.”