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From the Editorial Office

This blog will serve as a place to post announcements and news regarding changes and updates to the Annals of Surgery website and journal.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

During 2014 we reviewed our instructions for authors, the set of guidelines we provide authors to help them as they prepare manuscripts. These have been revised and are now online at

There are two big changes: How to measure manuscript length and reporting guidelines.

For several years, we have had a rather complicated formula to guide manuscript length. Number of pages plus a ratio of tables to pages and figures to pages. We have simplified this, and now provide a word count limit for the text of new manuscripts along with a limit on the number of references, tables, and figures. We hope that this will provide a clearer guide for our authors.

The new measure for reporting guidelines is the institution of the Submission CONSORT Checklist for Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs). This new 10-item checklist was developed by the CONSORT group and Annals of Surgery is the first to put it into place. During submission of RCTs authors will be required to answer the questions in the checklist, which is designed to ensure that all the elements needed for a complete report are in place. If authors are requested to revise their papers following peer review, then the full CONSORT checklist and flowchart will be required upon submission of the revised paper.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Medscape recently compiled its list of the 10 most read journal articles in General Surgery for 2014. Six of the 10 articles were published in Annals of Surgery. The 10 most read articles are listed below:

1.  The Aging Surgeon Annals of Surgery. 2014;260(2):199-201. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

2.  Outcomes and Cost Analysis of Laparoscopic Versus Open Appendectomy for Treatment of Acute Appendicitis BMC Surg. 2014;14(14) © 2014 BioMed Central, Ltd.

3.  Does Pay-for-Performance Improve Surgical Outcomes? Annals of Surgery. 2014;259(4):677-681. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

4.  Safety of Short, In-Hospital Delays Before Surgery for Acute Appendicitis Annals of Surgery. 2014;259(5):894-903. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

5.  Incidental Gallbladder Cancer at Cholecystectomy Annals of Surgery. 2014;260(1):128-133. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

6.  Rapid Diagnosis and Staging of Colorectal Cancer via High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (HR-MAS NMR) Spectroscopy of Intact Tissue Biopsies Annals of Surgery. 2014;259(6):1138-1149. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

7.  Outcome Following Sentinel Node Biopsy Plus Wide Local Excision Versus Wide Local Excision Only for Primary Cutaneous Melanoma Annals of Surgery. 2014;260(1):149-157. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

8.  Management of Acute Upside-down Stomach BMC Surg. 2013;13(55) © 2013 BioMed Central, Ltd.

9.  Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35(2):107-121. © 2014 The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

10.  Lynch Syndrome From a Surgeon Perspective BMC Surg. 2014;14(9) © 2014 BioMed Central, Ltd.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The December 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery includes 2 features with accompanying editorials, 2 surgical perspectives, a white paper on pre-residency education, 1 review, 2 randomized controlled trials, 1 meta-analysis, and 18 additional original articles. The first feature outlines the pitfalls that lead to nonbeneficial emergency surgery in the elderly and the second reviews the lessons learned from the initial response to the Boston Marathon bombing. The white paper, approved by the key national organizations involved with resident education, outlines plans for a preparatory course with a multidimensional curriculum to better prepare students for surgery residency. Patient safety and surgical innovation are the subjects of the 2 surgical perspectives.
December journal club's featured article, that can be accessed for free, is "Prehospital Use of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Is Associated With a Reduced Incidence of Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy". It appeared in the August 2014 issue of Annals. The expert moderator is Dr. David Efron who is Director of Trauma and Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery (encompassing Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care) in The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery.
Finally, this will be my last month as editor of the Annals' web page. Dr. Mary Klingensmith from Washington University Department of Surgery will be replacing me. My 14 years as editor-in-chief and 3 years as web editor and consultant to the Annals have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding ones of my academic career. It has been a pleasure to work with my successor, Dr. Keith Lillemoe, and the Annals' publisher, Ms. Liz Durzy. I can assure you that this outstanding surgical publication has excellent leadership and will continue to be the leading surgical journal for many years to come.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The November issue of Annals of Surgery is devoted to papers presented at the European Surgical Association(ESA) meeting held in April, 2014. The ESA is the counterpart to the American Surgical Association in the United States and is held annually in Europe. The opening article is an inspirational message titled "The pleasure of surgery: my pleasure in being a surgeon" by the 2014 president of ESA, Dr. Eduardo Barroso from Lisbon, Portugal. It is well worth reading. The other 19 excellent contributions include 2 randomized controlled trials and several impressive clinical series.
The November Journal Club's featured article is Hospital Volume and Operative Mortality in the Modern Era by B.N. Reames et al. Ann Surg 2014; 260: 244-251. The expert moderator is Dr. Karl Bilimoria, a surgical oncologist and a health services researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilimoria serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Quality. This article can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The October issue is the second of two issues devoted to the papers presented at the 134th meeting of the American Surgical Association. It consists of 16 original articles and the outstanding forum discussion titled "Quality: The Key to Surgery's Future" with panelists Drs. David Hoyt, David Flum, and Mark Malangoni. The original articles include 2 randomized trials, an article examining the relationship between patient satisfaction and surgical outcomes, and an analysis of hospital readmissions and their relationship to quality.
The October Journal Club's featured article is "A Systematic Review of the Effects of Resident Duty Hour Restrictions in Surgery: Impact on Resident Wellness, Training, and Patient Outcomes" by Ahmed et al; Ann Surg 2014: 259, 1041. The expert moderator is Dr. John Mullen, residency program director at the Massachusetts General Hospital. This article can be accessed for free by anyone wishing to participate in the journal club.