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New York/Stuttgart –Launched in May, 2015, The Surgery Journal (TSJ) is announcing a new, simplified submission policy for authors: “Submit How You Want.

As a reflection of TSJ’s unique approach to questioning and improving established publishing models, authors who choose to submit their work to the journal will NOT be required to format manuscripts before submission. As long as the paper is legible and the file is able to be opened on standard computers, the review process shall begin immediately.

Having already introduced a “Pay What You Want” (PWYW) pricing model at launch, allowing authors of accepted manuscripts to set a price they feel is most suitable to cover the Article Publication Charges (APC), The Surgery Journal has named this new author initiative “Submit How You Want.” Papers in any format (including those formatted according to other journal requirements) will be entered into peer review upon submission, with high resolution images to be submitted as the paper nears acceptance.

Graham Brumfield, Associate Publisher at Thieme, said: “We have been hearing from authors who are increasingly frustrated with the numerous (often arbitrary) formatting requirements demanded by journals. With journal rejection rates growing and papers being submitted to several titles (all with their own formatting requirements) before finding publication, this can be a very time consuming activity for authors. At The Surgery Journal, we do not see the value in asking authors to do this work upfront and as long as we can open it, we will review it.

Daniel Schiff, Senior Vice President at Thieme, commented: “Thieme Publishers has a long history of innovation in publishing, from the Thieme Dissector, an extraordinary online tool for creating customized dissection guides, to our successful series of journal podcasts, we continuously seek new ways to serve the medical community in every area of our business. We hope this initiative will make a previously laborious task that much easier for our authors.”

The Surgery Journal (TSJ) is a unique, all-encompassing, open access journal for surgeons and trainee surgeons of all disciplines, as well as other medical professionals engaged in the support and surgical treatment of patients. Available online only, it will publish original articles, reviews, and case reports. Submissions to the journal have already exceeded expectations and the first papers will be published online (Open Access), before the end of summer 2015.

TSJ is an essential resource for surgeons of every specialty seeking diversified insights into surgery, pre- and post-operative care, emerging operative equipment and techniques, and the issues facing surgical practice.

Interested authors can find more information and submit directly via:


About Thieme
Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 900 staff and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 450 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include eNeurosurgery, Medlantis, Thieme E-Journals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme, please visit

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