The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is the official journal of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. First published in 1965, The Annals is an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides outstanding original coverage of recent progress in adult and congenital cardiovascular and chest surgery and related fields. This leading monthly receives approximately 3,600 manuscripts for consideration annually and maintains rigorous acceptance standards under the editorial leadership of Editor G. Alexander Patterson, MD and a distinguished editorial board.

The journal's current impact factor, an important journal metric published by Thomson Reuters each year, is 3.700 and Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports ranks The Annals as 27th of 195 surgery journals. An authoritative, clinically oriented, comprehensive resource, The Annals is committed to providing a place for all cardiothoracic surgeons to relate experiences which will help improve patient care.

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery features:

  • Original research articles
  • New technology articles
  • Case reports
  • "How To Do It" articles
  • "How I Teach It" articles
  • Images in cardiothoracic surgery
  • Reviews of current literature 
  • Ethics in cardiothoracic surgery articles
  • Editorials
  • Correspondence
  • Outcomes analyses
  • Quality improvement articles
  • Patient safety articles
  • CME opportunities

Manuscript Submission

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Current Issue and Archives

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STS Members in the US, Canada, and outside of Europe:
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Annals Videos

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