James P. Cook, James I. Ausman
  1. Editorial Department, Surgical Neurology International, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA

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James P. Cook
Editorial Department, Surgical Neurology International, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA


Copyright: © 2013 Cook JP This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

How to cite this article: Cook JP, Ausman JI. New Features in Surgical Neurology International for 2013. Surg Neurol Int 22-Mar-2013;4:33

How to cite this URL: Cook JP, Ausman JI. New Features in Surgical Neurology International for 2013. Surg Neurol Int 22-Mar-2013;4:33. Available from:

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Since the first issue of Surgical Neurology International (SNI) was published in 2010, over 500 papers have been published on a wide range of topics. In addition to the main articles, there are also papers in our popular quarterly supplements – SNI: Stereotactic, SNI: Spine, and SNI: Revista Argentina de Neurociruía. To complement these scholarly papers, we also offer an array of additional educational resources [ Table 1 ].

Table 1

SNI supplemental educational resources


New features

Beginning in January 2013, we introduced new features to help our readers access the growing database of scientific papers and educational information in SNI and its publications. Most of these new features are listed and discussed below:

Search functions

On the navigational toolbar, click Articles, then Browse (Articles > Browse) to see the papers listed chronologically since 2010, by month. This allows you to go back and see the papers in a month you may have missed.

If you are interested in finding articles by topic or specialty, use Articles > Sections, and select the section or specialty you are interested in, which will provide you with the papers written since the inception of SNI in that specialty. This feature is like having separate specialty journals.

If you want a more specific search by article title or author, under Articles > Search you can find the specific article for which you are looking by filling in the simple information requested.

If you want to search the entire contents of SNI – both scientific papers and all the educational material (including the videos) – just click the Search link on the right end of the navigational toolbar, and then on the next page, enter the subject you want to research.


SNI publishes three supplements that are published approximately every few months – SNI: Stereotactic, SNI: Spine, and SNI: Revista Argentina de Neurociruía. To access the supplements, click the Supplements link on the toolbar, and then click on the supplement/issue of interest.

CNS neurowiki, journal clubs, neuroradiology conferences

To access the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Wikipedia for Neurosurgery (CNS Neurowiki), go to Posts > CNS Neurowiki. To read all the Journal Clubs from the University of Chicago, go to Posts > Journal Club. To see the Neuroradiology/Neuropathology Conferences from Harbor UCLA Medical Center, go to Posts > Neuroradiology. These are excellent educational conferences that present the complete aspects of a number of neurosurgical problems from clinical presentation, imaging, surgery, and neuropathology aspects.

Translation into different languages

SNI's articles can now be translated into 37 different languages. On the HTML (online) version of any paper, scroll down until you see "Google Translate" on the right side of the page. Select from the list of languages to be able to read the article in Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Azerbaijani, Haitian Creole, Catalan, Filipino, Czech, Polish, Icelandic, Swahili, Afrikaans, and many others.

For SNI: Revista Argentina de Neurociruía (the journal of the Argentinean Association of Neurosurgery), the articles are published in Spanish, but if you want to read the article in your native language, click on “Google Translate” and pick the language. Due do a small hitch in Google's system, if you want to read the articles in English, first translate the article to Spanish and then on the top of the page select “From Spanish to English” and click the translate button.


Every month, SNI's Editor-in-Chief, Dr. James I. Ausman, sends a monthly summary of SNI's new contents to 12,000 neurosurgeons throughout the world. You can receive this FREE monthly newsletter by adding your e-mail to the “Signup for our Newsletter” box on SNI's home page, just above the PubMed notice. These summaries will come to your e-mail automatically. Read the previous newsletters by going to Posts > Newsletters.

SNI mobile

You can add SNI's mobile app to your device and have access to all the journal's contents, including the videos and lectures. To add the free SNI mobile application to your device, go to the Apps > SNI Mobile, and follow the directions to add the app to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Neuromind, safe surgery, SLIC

Neuromind is the #1 mobile app for neurosurgery in the world. Neuromind, Safe Surgery, and SLIC were developed by Pieter Kubben, SNI's information technology (IT) Editor and Associate Editor-in-Chief. Neuromind has a variety of accepted decision support analyses on common clinical problems providing standard guidelines for patient care. In addition, there are over 100 scoring systems used in neurosurgery by all neurosurgeons from the GCS, vascular, tumor, spine, spine tumor, coma, developmental, general, infection, motor system, peripheral nerve, and more. This is an extremely valuable application. Go to Apps > Neuromind to find out how to add it to your mobile device. Additional information can be found under Posts > Information Technology.

Safe Surgery provides the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Surgery checklist, listing the steps you need to check before surgery, at the “time out” before the procedure, and at the end of the procedure to make sure that all the necessary system checks have been made to avoid errors and complications. To add this app to your mobile device, go to Apps > Safe Surgery.

SLIC is an app for sub-axial cervical spine injury. It offers an evidence-based decision supporting system on surgical indications and technical approaches. To add this app to your mobile device, go to Apps > SLIC.

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