Mission and Scope

The Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery (ACS, Ann Cardiothorac Surg, Print ISSN 2225-319X; Online ISSN 2304-1021) is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the field of cardiothoracic surgery. ACS is indexed by Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed.

The primary objective of ACS is to provide critical analysis and a comprehensive overview of contemporary topics within cardiothoracic surgery. This is accomplished through the unique and innovative format of each published issue. Each issue is overseen by a special Guest Editor, who is an international authority on the subject. The topics are thoroughly explored through categorized sections: Systematic Reviews, Featured Articles, Editorials, Masters of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Art of Operative Techniques (invited article only).

The second objective of ACS is to facilitate and stimulate the discussion and sharing of pertinent clinical information amongst surgeons and physicians concerned with the surgical treatment of heart and lung diseases. ACS aims to provide a visible and accessible platform through the establishment of moderated online forums dedicated to the addressed topic from each issue. This will encourage continuous and dynamic exploration of the topic, even well after the initial release of the special issue.

ACS is an innovative journal, with a distinct format, that will provide significant contributions in the ongoing understanding of cardiothoracic surgery.

Information for Authors

ACS is a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and it follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)'s guidelines and the ICMJE recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journal.

Manuscripts submitted must be the original work of the author(s) and must not be published previously or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Open Access Statement

The Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. All content of ACS is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). All articles published open-access will be immediately and permanently free for all to read, download, copy, and distribute as defined by the applied license.

Free access and usage

Permitted third party reuse is defined by the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. This license allows users to copy and distribute the article, provided:

  • this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way.
  • the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI) and provides a link to the license but not in an any way implying that the licensor is endorsing the user or the use of the work.
  • no derivatives including remix, transform, or build upon the material was allowed for distribution.

The full details of the license are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


For open access publishing, this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to ACS, but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.

For any inquiry on the copyright, commercial usage or adaptation of ACS articles, please contact: permissions@amegroups.com.
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Editorial Office

Email: editor@annalscts.com

Publisher Information

ACS is published by AME Publishing Company.
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