The ANZ Journal of Surgery is published by Wiley-Blackwell for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The Journal is published ten times a year - January/February and July/August are combined issues. A supplement is published in May that contains abstracts for the College’s Annual Scientific Congress.
The aim is to produce an internationally competitive Journal devoted to 'surgery in general' in both paper and electronic forms. We welcome manuscripts from any country, but there is a particular desire to embrace surgery within East Asia (South-East Asia, China, India, Korea, and Japan).
Prior to 2007, the Journal published more than 200 original articles per year. We have now reduced this emphasis on original articles. At present, about two-thirds of the 950 editorial pages that are published each year are original articles: the remaining pages contain a mix of more readable articles (Editorials, Perspectives, Images for Surgeons, Media Reviews, and Letters). Although most issues focus onto a specific topic, an attempt is made to include articles that have relevance to as many specialty groups as possible.
The Journal has an impact factor of 1.122.
In 2008 the ANZ Journal of Surgery ranked 106th of 187 surgical journals (ISI Thompson Scientific). More than 150,000 articles are downloaded from the Journal website each year.
Over 1,000 manuscripts are submitted to the Journal each year via ScholarOne Manuscripts. More than one-half of these are original articles (they have an acceptance rate of about 20%). The mean time between submission and first decision is 20 days for all articles - it is unusual for a manuscript to stay under the review for more than 90 days.