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JNIS: factoring the impact
  1. Joshua A Hirsch1,
  2. Felipe C Albuquerque2,
  3. David Fiorella3,
  4. Charles J Prestigiacomo4,
  5. Osama Zaidat5,
  6. Robert W Tarr6
  1. 1NeuroEndovascular Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  3. 3Department of Neurosurgery, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  4. 4Department of Neurological Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  5. 5Department of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  6. 6Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr J A Hirsch, NeuroEndovascular Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Gray 241B, Boston, MA 02114, USA; hirsch{at}snisonline.org

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In this environment of information overload, establishing a journal that represents the most current advances in a fast growing field can be quite difficult. Clinicians and researchers have a veritable plethora of options, as demonstrated by the rise in national and international journals available in print or electronic version. The decision to submit a manuscript to a specific journal is met usually with two simple questions of ‘Is it indexed?’ and ‘What is the impact factor?’ Although very valid questions, one might suggest that the TRUE reason for publication is to inform as many of your colleagues as possible about what you deem to be important in an honest, concise, and effective format, thereby contributing to the repository of knowledge such that it moves the field forward.

In 2009, the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) launched its flagship journal. SNIS chose the BMJ Group as its publisher, which meant that the journal had a readymade audience beyond SNIS membership as it is packaged as part of the subscription to Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. It also provided a streamlined author submission system and a sophisticated online publication platform. The response and subsequent development has been exceptional. Three short years later, JNIS has evolved from a semi-annual publication in its first year to a quarterly in its second year. In January of 2012, JNIS moved to its current bimonthly publication schedule. JNIS is also the official journal of the Society of Vascular Interventional Neurology as well as the Neurointerventional Section of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Neuroradiology.

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