Ann Thorac Surg 2003;75:11-14
© 2003 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
a Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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If you look carefully, you will notice a change in the cover of The Annals; the logos of our parent societies and the new internet address of our "virtual" editorial office have been added. The cover changes are intentionally small, but we have made big changes in how we process your manuscripts. For the past 11 months, The Annals has worked with HighWire Press to customize their Bench>Press manuscript tracking system to process our annual workload of approximately 3,500 manuscript submissions and revisions and 5,000 reviews. With this issue The Annals introduces our version of the Bench>Press system, a list of keywords, and our online editorial office. The new system allows you to electronically submit manuscripts, track your manuscript through the review process, review manuscripts, and update your personal file at anytime.
Our online office is located at http://www.atseditorialoffice.org. Beginning January 1, 2003, all functions of the editorial office will take place at this website and we will not be able to process new manuscripts that are not entered into the Bench>Press system. Authors who submit manuscripts on paper will be instructed to resubmit using the online Bench>Press system. Necessarily, we will continue to process manuscripts received before January 1, 2003 using the old system. The old and new systems are incompatible; therefore, all manuscripts received after January 1 must be entered into the Bench>Press system.
We urge everyone to register now with the new system even if you are not submitting a manuscript. To participate you will need a current email address, a password that you create, and a computer and browser that connect you to the internet. Be sure your browser accepts "cookies" (identifying data that are automatically sent from computer to computer).
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