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 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 4.330, and the Journal Citation Report ranks The Annals as 36th of 212 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.

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


Annals Short Reports 

Annals of Thoracic Surgery Short Reports—the official fully open access companion journal to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery—provides a modern venue for authors to present their research in a digestible format, while also making it available immediately, permanently, and universally. 

This e-only publication welcomes a wide range of short-form original research related to clinical advances, current surgical methods, controversial topics and techniques, and case and image reports in adult acquired and congenital cardiovascular disease, thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, perioperative medicine, as well as education and training. Engaging editorials, focused mini-reviews, educational and impactful case reports, “how to do it” technique papers, and images in cardiothoracic surgery are featured. In addition, Annals Short Reports includes a special emphasis on digital media and supplemental content, designed for easy and open sharing of data, results, and content across social media and other channels. 

Annals Short Reports follows the high standards of The Annals and is supported by the same expert Editorial Board team. The open access journal now is accepting submissions.



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.


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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