ASO Instructions to Contributors

Manuscript Submission

If you have any questions or are unable to submit your manuscript online, please contact the Editorial Office at:
Annals of Surgical Oncology
Editorial Office
Email: info@asoeditorial.org
Telephone: 239-217-0704

VISION
Annals of Surgical Oncology is the world’s leading resource for original translational and clinical research, scholarly reviews, and expert opinion in the field of Surgical Oncology.

MISSION
The mission of the journal is to: 1) disseminate high-quality clinical and translational cancer research, review, and expert opinion/commentary articles; 2) represent and advance the profession of Surgical Oncology throughout the world; 3) promote high-quality multidisciplinary patient care worldwide; 4) improve global cancer surgery education and training; and, 5) promote diversity in all of its endeavors.

AUDIENCE
Surgeons, physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who have a major professional interest and commitment to oncology.

AUTHORSHIP
All authors must have made substantive intellectual contribution to the article for which they are listed on the byline.

The four criteria for authorship defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors are:

  1. substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and
  2. drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. final approval of the version to be published; and,
  4. agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

DISCLOSURE
Any author affiliation with or financial involvement in any organization with a direct financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript must be disclosed.

ETHICS
Research, Publication, and Good Practice. All authors are expected to adhere to accepted standards and guidelines for ethical reporting in their submissions to Annals and are referred to the Research ethics, publication ethics and good practice guidelines resource provided by the Equator Network.

A list of best practices and codes of conduct regarding publishing ethics is also provided by Springer.

EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECTS
All authors are expected to abide by accepted ethical standards. In investigations that involve human subjects or laboratory animals, authors should provide an explicit statement in the ‘‘Materials and Methods’’ section that the experimental protocols were approved by the appropriate institutional review committee and meet the guidelines of their responsible governmental agency. In the case of human subjects, informed consent is essential.

ORIGINALITY
All manuscripts submitted to Annals must be original; i.e., not published elsewhere (except in abstract form) and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Annals accepts manuscripts prepared according to the ICJME ‘‘Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals’’ (updated December 2018).

PEER REVIEW
All manuscripts submitted to Annals are subject to peer review. The decision of the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor is final. Authors are notified of the decision with reviewer comments if applicable.

Download the complete ASO Instructions to Authors here for specifications regarding Manuscript Preparation and Submission.

SUBMISSION SITE
Access here: Annals of Surgical Oncology Manuscript Submission Website

BIOMEDICAL JOURNAL STANDARDS AND ANNALS POLICIES
Data Sharing. Annals encourages authors, where possible and applicable, to deposit data that support the findings of their research in a public repository. Authors and editors who do not have a preferred repository should consult Springer Nature’s list of repositories and research data policy.
List of Repositories
Research Data Policy

Reporting of Randomized Trials. The CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) Statement offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of trial findings, facilitating their complete and transparent reporting, and aiding their critical appraisal and interpretation. Authors are recommended to review the following references for further information regarding the CONSORT Statement:

Consensus Statement on Surgery Journal Authorship. In the majority of clinical and research studies submitted to surgery journals for possible publication, many individuals participate in the conception, execution, and documentation of each of those works. However, recognition of work in the form of authorship has varied widely. Authors are recommended to review the following consensus statement for
further information regarding these issues regarding surgical journal authorship.

Consensus Statement on Sex-Inclusive Biomedical and Clinical Research.  Annals requires sex-based reporting and analysis for all human and animal studies. If only one sex is studied, the authors must include a justification statement as to why a single-sex study was conducted. For tissue and cell studies, the sexual derivation of tissues or cells must be reported when it is known or should be known; sex-based analysis of results must be performed whenever possible.

This requirement supports a Joint Statement by the Surgery Journal Editors Group:

CONTACT AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Authors are encouraged to contact the Editorial Office for further information (info@asoeditorial.org; 239-217-0704 telephone).