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 Editor G. Alexander Patterson, MD, FRCSC, 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.


Editor Search

A search for a new Annals Editor is under way. The application deadline is September 15, 2021, for the position which is expected to begin on January 1, 2022.

See the full description and application submission details.



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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