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, FRCSC and a distinguished editorial board.

The journal's current impact factor, an important journal metric published by Clarivate Analytics each year, is 3.919, and the Journal Citation Report ranks The Annals as 22nd of 203 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.

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.

Download The Annals App for Apple and Android Devices

Read The Annals of Thoracic Surgery anywhere, anytime through The Annals app, available for Apple and Android devices. The app uses the same username and password that grants you access to the full journal content on You can personalize your experience by creating a reading list, adding notes, and saving articles for offline viewing. The app also includes interactive figures, tables, multimedia presentations, and supplementary content. If you need assistance with your login, contact the technical support listed below, based on your geographic location. 

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If you have trouble logging into The Annals online, please contact our publisher, Elsevier.

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