About the Journal

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Aims and Scope

The journal Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery  (VATS, Video-assist Thorac Surg, Online ISSN: 2519-0792) publishes articles reporting the cutting-edge findings and application of video-assisted thoracic surgery, including but not limited to biopsy, esophagus surgery (esophagectomy), hiatal hernia repair, lung surgery, procedures to remove excess fluid or air from the area around the lungs, surgery to relieve excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), surgery to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease and thymus gland removal surgery (thymectomy).

The aim of VATS is to promote the development of video-assisted thoracic surgery around the world by providing a professional platform for the sharing of experience in video-assisted thoracic surgery between peers so that all patients may benefit. Hence, instructional and educational video clips, photos, schematics of visualized thoracic surgical procedures are warmly welcome. In addition, VATS strongly emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of modern surgery and encourages that articles highlight the roles of each member of the multi-disciplinary surgical team (including surgeon, trainees, anesthetists, physicians of all specialties, nurses, physiotherapists, other allied health professionals, and so on as appropriate).


Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery is indexed and covered by

  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Scopus

Information for Authors

VATS is a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and it follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)'s guidelines and the ICMJE recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journal.

Manuscripts submitted must be the original work of the author(s) and must not be published previously or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Submission Turnaround Time

  • In-house review: 1-3 weeks
  • External peer review: 1-3 months
  • Publication Ahead of Print: within 1 month after being accepted
  • Formal publication: within 1-3 months after being accepted. Original Articles are listed as priority.

Open Access Statement

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery is a peer reviewed, open access journal. All content of the journal is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for all to read, download, copy and distribute as defined by the applied license.

Free access and usage
Permitted third party reuse is defined by the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. This license allows users to copy and distribute the article, provided:

  • this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way.
  • the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI) and provides a link to the license but not in an any way implying that the licensor is endorsing the user or the use of the work.
  • no derivatives including remix, transform, or build upon the material was allowed for distribution.
The full details of the license are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


For open access publishing, this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to VATS, but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.

For any inquiry/special circumstance on the copyright, commercial usage or adaptation of VATS articles, please contact: permissions@amegroups.com

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Editorial Office

Email: vats@amegroups.com

Publisher Information

VATS is published by AME Publishing Company.
Address: Flat/RM C 16F, Kings Wing Plaza 1, NO. 3 on Kwan Street, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong, China.

Updated on May 17, 2022