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 2025. 
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 Thursday, May 2, 2024. The pdf should include the full abstract including author names and affiliations along with the abstract text. 

Abstract Submission is now OPEN!

Submit Your Abstract HERE


Authors will be notified of their selection or rejection by the AWS by Friday, May 21, 2024. 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 Tuesday, July 2, 2024. 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 2, 2024. 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 Wednesday, September 18, 2024. Corresponding authors as indicated in the EM submission system will be notified on final decisions for the AWS issue of the AJS by Tuesday October 1, 2024. 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.

Call for Reviewers

Interested in serving as an abstract reviewer? Please complete the form below by Thursday, April 25, 2024. The Editors thank you in advance for volunteering to serve in this vital role.
Volunteer as Reviewer HERE

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].