About The Annals

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 4,000 manuscripts for consideration annually and maintains rigorous acceptance standards under the editorial leadership of Joanna Chikwe, MD, and a distinguished editorial board.

The journal's current impact factor, an important journal metric published by Clarivate Analytics each year, is 5.102, and the Journal Citation Report ranks The Annals 28 out of 211 surgery journals. The Annals is the most-cited journal in cardiothoracic surgery, and the fifth most-cited journal in all of surgery.

A free subscription to The Annals is a benefit of STS membership.

Customized Content

Subscribe to any of 12 specially curated topic collections from The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and receive the content that matters most to you, delivered straight to your inbox. Each collection includes articles, expert commentary, case reports, and more in categories like Aorta, Congenital & Pediatric, Education & Professional Development, Mediastinum & Esophagus, and Perioperative & Critical Care. On the Annals homepage, scroll to Collections and click on a topic heading. On the subsequent index page, click “Subscribe to collection” to receive alerts on the subjects most relevant to you.

Annals Animated

Computerized hologram of chest cavity and lungs

Each month’s issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery includes an “Annals Animated” video—a graphical summary of a selected research article.

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Sync Your Membership Account and Annals Subscription

It is now easier than ever to access the robust multimedia content available in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Your STS membership login and your Annals login are now the same. This allows you to log in only once (single sign on)—no more remembering two usernames and passwords. If you haven’t already synced your accounts, see the instructions on how do so. If you haven’t already accessed your subscription online, you can claim your account now via your STS login. 

If you have any questions regarding the STS portal login, contact STS Member Services at 312-202-5800. To contact Elsevier (Annals publisher) customer service, call 1-800-654-2452.

Manuscript Submission

The Annals publishes original research articles, new technology articles, case reports, "How To Do It" articles, "How I Teach It" articles, reviews of current literature, editorials, outcomes analyses, quality improvement articles, patient safety articles, and more.

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Reviewers of the Year 

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery annually recognizes peer reviewers who consistently provide a combination of high-quality, thorough, and professional reviews in a timely manner.

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Technical Support

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