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The Annals of Thoracic Surgery: Quick facts and submission tips

Yateendra Joshi | Oct 20, 2015 | 18,473 views
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Aims and scope

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery focuses on original work that reports advances in chest and cardiovascular surgery, thus enabling thoracic surgeons to share their experiences and, ultimately, to improve patient care.


Elsevier. The journal is the official journal of the two largest American societies specializing in thoracic surgery, namely the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

Frequency of publication


Editorial information

Dr G Alexander Patterson is currently the editor-elect and will become the editor-in-chief in 2016. He headed the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, from 2005 to 2015 and stepped down to devote more time to editing The Annals. Dr Patterson specializes in thoracic surgery, lung volume reduction, emphysema, lung transplantation, lung cancer, and oesophageal cancer.

The journal has a 50-strong editorial board besides a separate editor for each speciality or topic, such as adult cardiac surgery, congenital heart problems, biostatistics, education, and interactive learning.

More information here:



The journal considers original papers related to cardiothoracic surgery. Other categories under which contributions are published include the following:

  • Case reports
  • ‘How-to-do-it’ articles
  • Guidelines
  • Surgical heritage
  • Book reviews
  • Correspondence
  • Image reports
  • Evaluations of new technology
  • Review articles
  • Invited editorials
  • Commentaries



All manuscripts must be submitted at Authors must register themselves. Every submission must include a cover letter that indicates the category under which the contribution is to be considered.

The journal has recently started a feature ‘Meet the editorial board’. In the inaugural video, Dr Prager (Deputy Editor, Quality) talks to prospective authors, offering them helpful tips; briefs them about the manuscript review process; and discusses recent trends in research on cardiothoracic surgery:



The journal follows the standard reviewing process. Guidelines for reviewers and authors are available here: Reviewers are asked not only to evaluate the scientific worth of the paper but also to suggest how its authors may improve the paper. Reviewers are typically given three weeks to complete the review.



Detailed guidance about the structure of the paper and formatting, including word limits applicable to difference categories is available here:

The journal uses controlled vocabulary for keywords: authors must choose appropriate keywords from a comprehensive list available here:

Before publication, each author must certify, by signing a ‘Conditions for publication form’, that ‘he or she has participated sufficiently in the work to take responsibility for a meaningful share of the content of the manuscript, as described more specifically in the preamble of the form.’ The form also covers other matters such as conflict of interest, exclusive publication, and transfer of copyright. The guidance to authors also covers protection of subjects, whether human or animal, and their humane treatment, randomized control trials, and registration of clinical trials.



The impact factor for 2013/14 was 3.489. Details of recent, most cited, or most downloaded articles are available here:

The January 2015 issue of The Annals marked its 50th anniversary.



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