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About the Journal

Aims and Scope

Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes significant and novel contributions in thoracic surgery. The journal, which is supported by the Japanese Association for Coronary Artery Surgery, aims to facilitate the communication and progress of thoracic surgery worldwide.

Article types include Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports, Editorials, New Methods, and Letters to the Editor. The journal publishes articles related to cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, and esophageal surgery in the fields of general medicine, social medicine, nursing science, clinical medicine, and related areas. Articles can take basic, experimental, applied, or clinical approaches, and the journal welcomes articles that present work at the interface of these areas.

The journal provides its authors with rapid but rigorous peer review. Articles are available freely online as soon as they are published and are collated into issues six times a year. They are a vital resource for the journal’s broad global audience of researchers and clinicians.

Journal data

Online ISSN: 2186-1005
Print ISSN: 1341-1098
ISSN-L: 1341-1098

Open Access License Policy

Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is fully Open Access and uses a Creative Commons (CC) license, which allows for the non-commercial use and reuse of material published in the journal without charge or the need to ask prior permission from the publisher or author.

Authors are required to assign all copyrights in the work to the Society, who then publish the work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. This license allows users to share unmodified articles, non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given.


Turnaround times

Median submission to first decision: 15 days
Median acceptance to publication: 210 days

Citation indices

  • Impact Factor (2021): 1.889;

    Scimago Journal Ranking : 0.47(Q2) SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Welcome Essay from the Editor in Chief

Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery was first published in 1995 and is now in its 25th year of publication.

This journal is collated into issues six times a year and covers the fields of cardiovascular, respiratory, and esophageal surgery. And the types of paper are original articles, review articles, case reports, and so on.

Our current goal is to develop its visibility among researchers in the world and to offer them the opportunities to publish their articles, contributing to the academic development of the three fields.


The Editorial Board is led by Editor-in-Chief Yoshinori Watanabe and consists of eight editorial board members and Honorary Editor-in-Chief Yukiyasu Sezai.

Peer Review Process

Editorial and peer review process

The journal uses single-blind peer review. When a manuscript is submitted to the journal, it is assigned to the Editor-in-Chief, who performs initial screening. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal’s scope or are not deemed suitable for publication are rejected without review. The Editor-in-Chief allocates each of the remaining manuscripts to an Editor, who handles peer review. The Editor selects two appropriate reviewers to provide their assessment of the manuscript. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise, reputation, and previous experience as peer reviewers. The deadline for submission of the reviewers’ reports varies by article type.

Once the reviewers’ reports have been received, the Editor determines whether the manuscript requires revision. Authors who are asked to revise their manuscript must do so within two months, otherwise, it may be treated as a new submission. The Editor may send revised manuscripts to peer reviewers for their feedback or may use his or her own judgment to assess how closely the authors have followed the comments on the original manuscript. The Editor then makes a final decision on the manuscript’s suitability for publication in the journal.

The Editor-in-Chief acts as an arbitrator when necessary.

About the Society

This journal is an associate journal of the Japanese Association for Coronary Artery Surgery.

The Japanese Society of Coronary Artery Surgery was established in 1996 and has a history of more than 20 years. It currently has about 800 members, making it one of the few societies in the world that specialize in coronary artery surgery.

This society contributes to the sustainable development of thoracic surgery by providing a platform for researchers in coronary surgery to disseminate their research results.