How to submit to the Annals and Bulletin

All submissions to the Annals and Bulletin must be made through our online manuscript system. We use ScholarOne 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 'register here' to create an author account, if you have not submitted through this system before.

Please read our instructions to authors before making your submission.

Submissions are welcomed from all authors - you do not need to be a member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England to submit.

Enquiries and assistance with submissions

If you wish to contact the Publications Department you can email [email protected] or telephone 020 7869 6164. Article submissions will not be accepted via email to this address.

User guides for authors and reviewers can be found on the ScholarOne page.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor on any topic or regarding a specific article in either the Annals or Bulletin can be sent through this website - look for the 'email the Editor' link at the right hand side of the page.

Why submit to the Annals and Bulletin?

High visibility in the field of surgery

The Annals and Bulletin are available digitally to more than 20,000 surgeons in the UK and abroad, as well as to numerous institutional subscribers. All RCS England members receive regular email updates on papers published in the Annals. The Bulletin is distributed in print to the full RCS England membership - more than 20,000 surgeons.

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, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, Meta and Ovid, and all papers are uploaded to PubMed central after one year and made freely available to download. On our own platform, RCS England journals are averaging 110,000 page views a month in 2018.

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.


The Annals' impact factor has been on an upward trend for nearly a decade, rising to 1.891 in 2020, up from 1.220 in 2019.

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.