About the Journal

Current Challenges in Thoracic Surgery

Aims and Scope

Current Challenges in Thoracic Surgery (ISSN: 2664-3278; Curr Chall Thorac Surg; CCTS; https://ccts.amegroups.com) is an international peer-reviewed journal providing high-quality researches and information related to challenging issues on thoracic surgeries with an aim to improve current diagnosis and treatment of thoracic diseases. The journal focuses on current challenges, controversial issues and intractable situation of thoracic surgeries for pulmonary, tracheal, mediastinal, esophageal, and chest-wall diseases. It also dabbles in related specialties such as pulmonary medicine, transplantation, anesthesiology, pathology, imaging, biology, critical care medicine and nursing. Besides, it encompasses extensive contents of technical development, multidisciplinary approach, precision treatment, perioperative medicine, basic and translational science, and education and training. CCTS will serve as a professional platform for healthcare professionals including surgeons, physicians and scientists to share their research, knowledge and experience.

CCTS is indexed and covered by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

CCTS welcomes submissions of Original Article, Review Article, Surgical Technique, Case Report, Clinical Practice Guideline, Letters to the Editor, etc.

CCTS is the Official Publication of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital. For more information, please visit: Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital.

Journal keywords: case report, lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, tracheoesophageal fistula, thoracic surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery, stage IIIA, lung transplantation, chest wall, sternum, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, sleeve lobectomy, lobectomy, reconstruction, esophageal atresia, thymoma, malignant pleural mesothelioma, bronchopleural fistula, esophagectomy, endoscopy, atrial septal occlude, prosthesis, carinal resection, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sternal tumor, chondrosarcoma, empyema, decortication, immune checkpoint inhibitors, postoperative complications, tracheal surgery, uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, tracheomalacia, muscle flap, open surgery, revision, sublobar resection, deep hypothermia, donor shortage, etc.


CCTS is indexed and covered by

Information for Authors

CCTS 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.

Publication Schedule

CCTS strives to keep a continuous publication schedule so that articles are published online as soon as they are ready and as quickly as possible. To better meet the publication needs, CCTS was published quarterly between January 2020 and December 2022, and is published bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October, December), staring from January 2023.

Open Access Statement

CCTS 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 CCTS, 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 CCTS articles, please contact: permissions@amegroups.com

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Support for Authors to Comply with Funding Body Mandates

We work with authors of research articles supported by funding bodies with open access mandates to ensure that authors can meet their funders’ requirements for public access to research results.

In addition, we offer further support for authors who are required to comply with funding body mandates, including but not limited to:

Editorial Office

Email: ccts@amegroups.com

Publisher Information

CCTS 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 March 25, 2024