Updated on February 1, 2020


New Publication Charge below is effective for new submissions on and after February 1, 2021.
The Publication Charge of General Submission is changed from current 40,000 to 100,000 JPY per article.

Editorial Policy

The Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (ATCS) comprise review articles, original articles, case reports, new methods, letters to the editor, editorial articles, and others. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed.


For the transfer of copyright to the publisher of ATCS, the Transfer of Copyright Agreement must be signed by the corresponding author and accompany each manuscript submission.
(Download the form "Transfer of Copyright Agreement [PDF]")

All accepted manuscripts become the property of the Editorial Committee of Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. All the works published in this journal are subject to Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NonDerivative).


Regardless of request post or free post, if excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source in the article .

Conflict of Interest

When submitting a manuscript, all authors, and your spouse or other immediate family, are required to disclose any financial relationship with a biotechnology manufacturer, a pharmaceutical company, or other commercial entity that has an interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript, within the period of 24 months prior to the submission. All disclosures should be disclosed by both 1) submitting the disclosure form with the manuscript at the time of submission and 2) describe in the “Disclosure Statement” section before “References” section in the text as samples in the form. The form should be uploaded onto online submission/peer-review system with manuscript files together.
Download "disclosure form".

Informed Consent

Reports describing data obtained from research conducted in human subjects must contain a statement in the Methods section indicating approval by the institutional review board and affirmation that informed consent was obtained from each patient.

Humane Animal Care

All papers reporting experiments using animals must include a statement in the Methods section giving assurance that all animals have received humane care in compliance with the “Principles of Laboratory Animal Care” formulated by the National Society for Medical Research and the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), published by the National Academies Press (1996 version) <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44152/> .


Submit your manuscript online at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/atcs/

Preparation of Manuscript

File Format
Text: Word
Table: Word, Excel (Table of image data is not acceptable.)
Figure: JPEG, TIFF, PowerPoint
Movie: WMV, MP4

It is recommended that each type of article should not exceed the printed pages below. Please also see "publication charges".

Text should be typed by double space.

Begin each of the following sections: Title page, Abstract, Main text, Disclosure Statement, References and Figure Legends on a new page, and number the pages. Tables and figures are submitted as separate files.

The sections are developed as follows:

Publication and Charge


Authors are asked to check proof galley after acceptance. Checking of proofs is the author's responsibility. Please proof carefully and return the corrected pages by email.

Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is published once every two months.
Online publication can be found at http://www.atcs.jp/


Submission and peer-review is free of charge. Once the manuscript is accepted, authors cover the cost of publication charges, color printing and offprints as described below.

Authors need to pay the publication charge in advance before publication. The total publication charge is fixed on author's proof check. Authors receive a mail which has a link to the payment page. The article will appear on advance publication online as soon as the payment is completed on the payment page. In case the author fails to complete the payment within three months of receiving the mail, publication of the article will be withdrawn. This journal accepts payment after the issue publication by bank transfer only for payment by public funds.

Prices are subject to change without notice.