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The Thoracic Surgery section of Frontiers in Surgery invites manuscripts inclusive of all malignant and benign disease processes that encompass the chest, the chest wall, the lung, esophagus, and mediastinum. Due to the ever-increasing demand for resources and growing emphasis on value-based healthcare, the scope of the section also includes research focusing on developing, implementing and evaluating lean processes and fast-tracking protocols. Specific areas of interest for Specialty Chief Editor Dr. Robert Cerfolio include staging and treatment of non-small cell and small cell lung cancer, benign pulmonary processes, malignant processes of the esophagus and benign oesophageal swallowing disorders. His focus also includes outcomes research examining the use of minimally invasive platforms such as robotics and video thoracoscopy. This section welcomes clinical or basic science manuscripts in the field of Thoracic Surgery.
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Thoracic Surgery welcomes submissions of the following article types: Case Report, Classification, Clinical Trial, Correction, Curriculum, Instruction, and Pedagogy, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Thoracic Surgery, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Thoracic Surgery will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Surgery.
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