Call for Abstracts: American Journal of Surgery

Abstract Opportunity!

The Association of Women Surgeons is delighted to announce that our next annual issue of The American Journal of Surgery (AJS) highlighting work by AWS members will be published in January 2024.

We encourage you to submit your best scientific work for peer review and possible publication in our annual issue. Please note that we generally do not accept review articles or commentaries given the high volume of competitive original scientific works we receive every year.

We would like to outline the process to make it as user-friendly as possible. Please carefully review this announcement before proceeding.

In order to be considered for the annual issue, you must:

  • Submit an abstract that will be reviewed by the Editorial Team consisting of experienced AWS members.
  • Selected abstracts will be offered the opportunity to submit a full manuscript.
  • Abstract should consist of four paragraphs labeled: 
    1. Background,
    2. Methods,
    3. Results, and
    4. Conclusions
  • Word limit is absolute and abstracts should NOT exceed 150 words.
  • Abstracts that do not adhere to this format or word count will not be reviewed.
  • Please submit only one abstract per first author / senior author pair. Additional abstracts by the same pair will not be considered.
  • Abstracts should be uploaded along as a PDF at this link below no later than 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, May 1, 2023.
Submit Abstract HERE

Authors will be notified of their selection or rejection by the AWS by Friday, May 19, 2023. Those invited to submit a manuscript will receive an automated invitation from the AJS for submission through the Editorial Manager ® (EM) online system. All further engagement in the process will be through the EM system only. Final manuscripts with all supplemental materials will be due no later than 11:59pm Eastern on Friday, June 30, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted. Manuscripts not adhering to the journal guidelines for authors will be rejected without review so please follow those instructions carefully.The manuscripts will then go through a formal peer-review process with the majority of reviewers also being AWS members. All initial reviews will be completed by Friday, August 18, 2023. Manuscripts with high potential for publication will be offered a chance for revisions. Any revisions will be due no later than 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, September 18, 2023. Corresponding authors as indicated in the EM submission system will be notified on final decisions for the AWS issue of the AJS by Monday October 2, 2023. Please note that the AJS may offer rejected manuscripts for this special issue an opportunity for publication in a different issue of the AJS or a sister journal.A separate ‘Call for Reviewers’ will be issued in April 2023 to solicit AWS members as formal peer-reviewers.

Key Dates for the Manuscript Process

  • May 1, 2023: Deadline to submit abstracts via email (4 sections, 150 words)
  • May 19, 2023: Abstract selection/rejection notification from AWS
  • June 30, 2023: Deadline to submit invited manuscripts via Editorial Manager
  • August 18, 2023: Initial peer-review notifications
  • September 18, 2023: Deadline to submit invited revisions via Editorial Manager®
  • October 2, 2023: Final peer-review notifications
  • January 2024: Issue published

*All submissions and revisions are due by 11:59 PM Eastern on the deadlines date as listed above.


Call for Abstract Reviewers

We are now seeking qualified professionals of all levels of expertise (medical students through attendings) to help review final manuscripts for publication.

Please complete the Manuscript Reviewer interest form by April 15.


Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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