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Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Editor-in-Chief: Colin Johnson

Chairman of the Editorial Board:
Neil Mortensen

Editorial Board members: Bruce Campbell, St John Crean, Fares Haddad, Maurice Hawthorne, Peter Kay, Masood Khan, Mike Parker, Wyn Parry, David Sanders, Jyoti Shah, Frank Smith and David Warwick

Copy-editor: Tara Nikovskis

Annals Manager: Matthew Whitaker

ISSN: 0035-8843

Readership: consultant surgeons and surgical trainees in the various surgical specialties

Impact factor for 2012: up for the seventh year running to 1.329 (5-year impact factor = 1.33)

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The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England is the official journal of the College and is published eight times a year in January, March, April, May, July, September, October and November.

The main aim of the journal is to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed papers that relate to all branches of surgery. The Annals also includes letters and comments, a regular technical section, NICE news, controversial topics, CORESS feedback, book reviews and the best trainee presentations from England and Wales. The editorial board is composed of experts from all the surgical specialties.


The Annals is essential reading for professionals in all branches of surgery. An independently conducted survey of surgeons in the UK, published in 2006, showed that the Annals was the second-most read journal across all the surgical specialties. Over 60% of surgeons surveyed indicated that they read the Annals regularly.


Please note that back issues from one year ago or more are archived on PubMed Central and may be accessed free of charge.


While every effort is made by the publishers and editorial committee to see that no inaccurate or misleading opinion or statement appears in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the opinions expressed in these articles, correspondence, advertisements, etc, herein are the responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the publishers and the editorial committee and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading opinion or statement.