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Why submit to the Annals and Bulletin?

Rapid review times

The average time from submission to first decision in the Annals in 2013 was 27 days. For research and review articles this figure was 24 days. Download a full breakdown of review times in the Annals and Bulletin in 2013.

Open Access

The Annals offers routes to both green and gold Open Access publication, with low APCs for gold Open Access. Go to our Open Access section for more details. The Annals is also available free of charge in low-income countries through the Hinari scheme.

High visibility in the field of surgery

The Annals and Bulletin are distributed in print to nearly 20,000 surgeons in the UK and abroad, as well as to numerous institutional subscribers.

Your work will be visible to a global audience. Annals articles are listed and linked in several major abstracting and indexing sites, including PubMed, Ebscohost and Ovid, and all papers are uploaded to PubMed central after one year and made freely available to download. Across PubMed and our own platform, RCS journals averaged 180,000 page views a month in 2013.

View a list of our most-cited articles from 2008–2010 through Google Scholar.

View a list of our all-time most-cited articles.


The Annals' impact factor has been growing year on year for nearly a decade, rising to 1.329 in 2012, up from 1.231 in 2011.

Video content

The Annals now accepts submissions of video content to accompany all types of articles. For more details please visit our instructions to authors page.


  • No page charges.
  • Rigorous peer review from a large pool of expert editors and reviewers, with full reviewer feedback provided.
  • Active media promotion: our in-house PR team will promote selected papers through press releases and work with traditional media, and through social media.
  • Inexpensive reprint service for authors, plus PDFs available free of charge to authors on request.

How to submit

All submissions to the Annals and Bulletin must be made through our online manuscript system. The College uses Open Journal Systems (OJS) for the submission and peer review of journal articles.

Articles submitted through any other means, including email, post or fax, will not be accepted.

Please follow the link below and click the 'Submit a new article' button on the homepage.

Please read our instructions to authors before making your submission.

We welcome feedback on your experience of the system. Please email

Submissions are welcomed from all authors - you do not need to be a member of the RCS to submit.

Enquiries and assistance with submissions

  • If you wish to contact the Publications Department you can email or telephone 020 7869 6168. Article submissions will not be accepted via email to this address.
  • User guides for authors and reviewers can be found on the OJS page.

Letters to the editor

Correspondence to the Annals or Bulletin can be posted directly to the Readers' Pages and should not be submitted through OJS.

Submit to the FDJ

View submission guidelines for the FDJ.