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Streamlined Submission Requirements in EJCTS, JTCVS, and The Annals

The Editors of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS), The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (JTCVS) recognize the value of a streamlined and consistent submission process. To provide a simplified experience for our authors as they submit, we have harmonized our submission requirements for full-length original research articles. The newly aligned standards are listed below.

  • 4,500 word count maximum (this includes all elements of the manuscript)
  • Maximum combined limit of 7 figures and tables
  • 40 reference maximum
  • Strict adherence to the AMA Manual of Style for citations
  • No limit to the number of videos an author can submit

These changes are intended to reduce confusion and save time for our busy authors. These unified requirements will make it easier to resubmit to a different journal, if needed. Additionally, strict adherence to AMA style will make it easier for our authors to use reference management tools such as EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley.

We are confident that this congruency will simplify the user experience when submitting to EJCTS, JTCVS, and The Annals,.


Joanna Chikwe, MD, Editor-in-Chief, STS Journals

G. Alexander Patterson, MD, Editor-in-Chief, AATS Journals

Matthias Siepe, MD, EACTS Editor-in-Chief