ANZ Journal of Surgery

Cover image for Vol. 86 Issue 5

Edited By: John P. Harris

Impact Factor: 1.122

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 127/198 (Surgery)

Online ISSN: 1445-2197

Author Guidelines


Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at (you will need to follow a simple registration procedure before using this site).

For further information or advice please contact:

Kumie Dawkins
Editorial Assistant
ANZ Journal of Surgery

155 Cremorne Street
Richmond, Vic 3121

Ph: +61 3 9274 3130
Fax: +61 3 9274 3390


Aims and Scope
ANZ Journal of Surgery is published by Wiley on behalf of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide a medium for the publication of peer-reviewed original contributions related to clinical practice and/or research in all fields of surgery and related disciplines. It also provides a programme of continuing education for surgeons. Following initial assessment, articles are peer-reviewed by at least two researchers expert in the field of the submitted paper.

Editorial Review and Acceptance
The Editorial Board of the ANZ Journal of Surgery invites authors to submit articles for publication on any aspect of surgery.

All manuscripts submitted to the journal are screened by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts are immediately rejected if they do not follow the Author Guidelines, are not in line with the aims of the journal, or are well short of the standard required for publication. Approximately 25% of the original articles and reviews that we receive are rejected at this stage. Admissible manuscripts are then referred to the relevant Specialty Editor and, when appropriate, submitted to peer review. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the editor. The Editors make recommendations about suitability for publication. Final decisions about publication are made by the Editor-in-Chief.

Manuscripts that are approved for publication may appear as print and/or digital content.

Revising Manuscripts
If you have been requested to prepare a revised version of your manuscript, log on to ScholarOne Manuscripts at:, and click on the ‘Author Centre’ where you will find your manuscript in the ‘Manuscripts Awaiting Revision’ section. Clicking on the ‘create a revision’ link in the ‘Actions’ column will create a draft of the revision in the ‘Revised Manuscripts in Draft’ section of your Author Centre.

Authors are required to supply a detailed point-by-point response to each of the comments. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in rejection of the manuscript.

Use red text to indicate the revised sections and ensure that the revised manuscript ID is labelled ‘R1’. Upload the revised file(s) and your figures (follow the instructions at the top of each screen). The original files will be uploaded in the system when authors start the revision. Unnecessary original files should be removed from the site.


Publication Ethics

Authorship and acknowledgements
The journal adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria: i) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; ii) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; iii) Final approval of the version to be published; and i) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under ‘Acknowledgements’. If a paper has more than five authors, the inclusion of each name must be justified in the covering letter. Results of multicentre studies may be reported under the name of the organizing group.

Reproduction of copyright material
If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is the author’s responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ.

Simultaneous submissions
The journal does not consider manuscripts that are simultaneously being considered by other journals. Occasionally, editors of different journals may knowingly agree to jointly publish selected articles because of the need for wide coverage. Examples include publication guidelines and important recommendations on public health. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that two or more journals do not unknowingly publish the same article.

Redundant/duplicate publication
Redundant, or duplicate, publication occurs when a paper is published that overlaps substantially with one that has already been published in either print or the electronic media. An article is reviewed for publication on the assumption that its contents have not been submitted simultaneously to another journal, have not been accepted for publication elsewhere and have not already been published.

The journal will consider manuscripts that have been rejected by another journal, that follow the publication of preliminary findings in the form of an abstract, or that provide supplementary information about a large complex study.

References must be provided for all publications that relate to the manuscript under consideration. In addition, copies of any possibly duplicate published material should be submitted with a statement in the covering letter explaining why the manuscript under consideration is not a duplicate publication. This includes articles in press or under consideration by another journal. Any attempt at dual publication will lead to automatic rejection, may prejudice acceptance of future submissions, and may be highlighted within the pages of the journal.

Disclosure statement
Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest by disclosing at the time of submission any financial arrangements they have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision. If the article is accepted for publication, the editor will usually discuss with the authors the manner in which such information is to be communicated to the reader.

Research Ethics

Declaration of Helsinki
Manuscripts must contain a statement to the effect that all human studies have been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in an appropriate version of the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Brazil 2013). This approval must be declared in the Methods section of the paper with inclusion of the name of the committee. In addition, patient anonymity must be preserved at all times. The Journal will not publish pictures that identify patients unless the authors submit evidence of written consent from the patient or a legal guardian.

Use of animals in research
Reports of animal experiments must state that the ‘Principles of Laboratory Animal Care’ (NIH Publication Vol 25, No. 28 revised 1996; were followed, as well as specific national laws (e.g. the current version of the German Law on the Protection of Animals) where applicable.

Clinical trial registration
The journal requires that the clinical trials submitted for its consideration are registered in a publicly accessible database. Authors should include the name of the trial register and their clinical trial registration number in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of their manuscript. If you wish the editor[s] to consider an unregistered trial, please explain briefly why the trial has not been registered.

Randomized controlled trials. Reporting of randomized controlled trials should follow the guidelines of ‘The CONSORT Statement’.

Clinical trials
Clinical trials should be clearly identified as such in the title and abstract. A clinical trial is any study that prospectively assigns humans into groups to study the relationship between an intervention and a clinical outcome. Clinical trials should adhere to the guidelines outlined in the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) statement and all manuscripts must include a flow chart showing the progress of patients through the trial. Trials that started after 1 January 2008 must be registered in one of several free and publicly accessible electronically searchable databases such as the one administered by the USA National Library of Medicine (NLM). The trial registration number must be listed at the end of the structured abstract.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
All systematic reviews of clinical trials must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the MOOSE report by the CONSORT Group. Authors should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. Authors are also encouraged to use subheadings in the main text of the manuscript. The structured abstract should have the following sections: Background, Objectives, Data sources, Review methods, Results, and Conclusions.

All meta-analyses of randomized trials must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the PRISMA statement, which is designed to improve manuscript quality. Meta-analyses authors should review their papers against these guidelines before submission and can find the recommended PRISMA flow chart here and a sample check list here.


Original article
Word limit: 4,000 words maximum including abstract, references and figures/tables.
Abstract:250 words maximum and must include subheadings.
References: No limit.
Figures/Tables: Each figure/table counts as 250 words. Maximum 8 figures/tables in total.
Description: Full-length reports of current research in either basic or clinical science. Case reports will not be considered.

Review article
Word limit: 4,800 words maximum including abstract, references and figures/tables.
Abstract: 250 words maximum, structured or unstructured depending on review type (see description).
References: No limit.
Figures/Tables: Each figure/table counts as 250 words. Maximum 8 figures/tables in total.
Description: Reviews are comprehensive analyses of specific topics. Case reports will not be considered. They are usually submitted upon invitation by the Editors. Both solicited and unsolicited review articles will undergo peer review prior to acceptance. Systematic reviews must have a structured abstract (as per original articles), whilst narrative reviews may have an unstructured abstract that is less than 250 words (include a word count at the end of the abstract).

Images for surgeons
Word limit: 750 words maximum.
References: 10 maximum.
Figures/Tables: 3 maximum. These figures/tables do not contribute to the word count.
Description: Images for Surgeons should contain a brief case report followed by a discussion. Abstracts are not required. Images for Surgeons are evaluated by the Editors and may not be subjected to peer review. Authors should note that Imags for Surgeons may be published in the online version of the journal only, at the discretion of the Editor

Media reviews
Word limit: 600 words maximum including figures/tables (no abstract or headings).
References: up to 10 if required.
Figures/Tables: Each figure/table counts as 250 words. No limit but each contributes to the word count.
Description: Media Reviews may be submitted to the Editors about any material of interest to surgeons that appears in either print or digital format. Book reviews are often commissioned by the Editors.

Letters to the editor
Word limit: 300 words maximum.
Abstract: not required.
References: 4 maximum.
Figures/Tables: 1 maximum. This figure/table does not contribute to the word count.
Description: Letters may be submitted to the Editor on any topic, including case reports, but letters commenting on papers published in recent issues of the Journal are most welcome. Letters must offer perspective to content published in ANZ Journal of Surgery or information critical to a certain area. A Letter must reference the original source, and a Response to a Letter must reference the Letter in the first few paragraphs. Letters can use an arbitrary title, but a Response must cite the title of the Letter: e.g. Response to [Title of Letter]. This ensures that readers can track the line of discussion.

Word limit: 800 words (1,000 words maximum).
Abstract: no abstract required for this manuscript type.
References: No limit.
Figures/Tables: 1 maximum. This figure/table does not contribute to the word count.
Description: Editorials are commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief from members of the Editorial Board and occasionally by invitation.

Word limit: 1,000 words maximum including references and figures/tables (no abstract or headings).
Abstract: no abstract required for this manuscript type.
References: No limit.
Figures/Tables: No limit, but each figure/table counts as 250 words.
Description: Perspectives are welcome on any topic. They can be overview statements, personal views, or studies based on surveys. Case reports will not be considered. Perspectives should contain a tight linear argument and be more than just a mini-review. Perspectives are evaluated by the Editors and may not be subjected to peer review. Strict on word count- should be no more than 1,200 words.

How to do it
Word limit: 550-600 words (no abstract), 1 illustration, up to 6 references.
Supplementary material (to go on the website): 5,000 words maximum and 30 references.
Videos: QuickTime, MPEG, and AVI formats; file size 10Mb maximum.
Description:How to Do It articles should be focused descriptions of key aspects of operative technique. The title of the article should start with ‘How to do’ e.g. ‘How to do a hemicorporectomy’. Summary articles in print journal will be supplemented by the online publication of the full text and videos. How to Do It articles should occupy one page of the print journal. Strict on word count and file size and format of videos.

Non-clinical practical skills for surgeons
Word limit: 4,000 words maximum including references.
Abstract: No abstract required.
References: No limit.
Figures/Tables: 1-2 maximum. These figures/tables do not contribute to the word count.

Supporting Information
Additional, non-essential material, such as longer tables, data sets or extra figures, may be added as Supporting Information (see ‘Supporting Information’ in section 5 below). Should the material submitted with the manuscript be found too large to be published in the printed journal, non-essential material may be published online as Supporting Information at the discretion of the Editor in Chief.


Pre-acceptance English-language Editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines
Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Manuscript Format and Style
The journal complies with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors' "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication" updated February 2006 ( Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their work, including all statistical calculations and drug doses.

General format
Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents (.doc, .docx; not write-protected), double-spaced. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. The file should include the abstract, the main text, references, tables and figure legends.

  • Spelling: the journal publishes in British English. For word usage and word division, please refer to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.
  • Units of measurement: all measurements must be given in SI units (excepting blood pressures, which should be given in mmHg). Please go to the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website for more information about SI units.
  • Numbers: numbers under 10 are spelt out, except for: measurements with a unit (8mmol/l); age (6 weeks old), or lists with other numbers (11 dogs, 9 cats, 4 gerbils).
  • Abbreviations: Abbreviations should only be used where they ease the reader's task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only. Abbreviations should be avoided in 'Editorials' and 'Perspectives'.
  • Trade names: at the first mention of a chemical substance, give the generic name only. When quoting specific materials, software, equipment and proprietary drugs the name and address of the manufacturer must be given in parentheses.

Parts of the Manuscript
The length of papers should adhere to the guidelines outlined for each manuscript type in the‘Manuscript Categories and Length’ section.

As manuscripts are single-blind reviewed, manuscript files should include both the title page and the main text. Figure files and supporting information should be supplied separately.

Manuscript files should be presented in the following order:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and key words (only required for certain categories)
  3. Main text (for original articles: introduction, methods, results, discussion)
  4. Acknowledgments (if any)
  5. Disclosure statement
  6. References
  7. Figure legends
  8. List of supporting information (if any)
  9. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes

Figures and supporting information (if any) should be supplied as separate files. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.

Title page
The title page should include:

  • the full title containing no more than 80 characters, including spaces; a running head (short title) containing no more than 40 characters, including spaces;
  • the full names of the authors followed by up to two qualifications (e.g. MD, PhD, MBBS) and institutional affiliations;
  • an indication of whether the corresponding author is a recipient of a research scholarship; details if the paper is based on a previous communication to a society or meeting;
  • details of the number of figures and tables included, and separate word counts for the abstract and the text (excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends and references); and
  • the full name, email, postal addresses and telephone numbers of the corresponding author.

The corresponding author is responsible for the integrity of the study and for communicating with the other authors about editorial decisions and the nature of any revisions.

The title is a concise label that allows readers to scan for relevance. The nature of the study must be clearly signposted (e.g. ‘Open versus laparoscopic adrenalectomy: a clinical trial’; ‘The evaluation of laparoscopic adrenalectomy in an animal model’). Strive for an interesting title that is also an accurate label. Avoid the use of abbreviations.

Abstract and keywords
Abstracts and keywords are required for some manuscript types. For details on manuscript types that require abstracts and/or keywords and how to prepare these, please refer to the ‘Manuscript Types and Criteria’ section.

Five key words are required to index the content of articles. They should be selected from the US National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser list.


The journal uses the Vancouver referencing style, i.e. numbered sequentially as they occur in the text and ordered numerically in the reference list.

  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references.
  • References should be cited using superscript Arabic numerals.
  • Number references in their order of appearance.
  • References first cited in tables or figure legends must be numbered so that they will be in sequence with references in the text.
  • When there are six or fewer authors, list all of them: when there are seven or more authors, list the first three followed by ‘et al.’.
  • Avoid citing personal communications and abstracts.

References should be listed in the following form:

Journal article
Sasaki A, Nakajima J, Nitta H, Obuchi T, Baba S, Wakabayashi, G. laparascopic cholecystectomy in patients with a history of gastrectomy. Surg. Today 2008; 38: 790-4.

Webster J, Croger S, Lister C et al. Use of face masks by non-scrubbed operating room staff: a randomized controlled trial. ANZ J. Surg. 2010: 80: 169-73.

Tjandra JJ, Clunie GJA, Thomas RJS. Kaye AH, Smith JA. Textbook of Surgery, 3rd edn. Melbourne: Blackwell Science Asia, 2006.

Jones PF. Emergency Abdominal Surgery, 2nd edn. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1987.

Chapter in a book
Alexander JP. Spinal surgery. In: Barrow DW (ed). Anaesthesia and Related Subjects in Orthopaedic Surgery. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1982; Ch. 4

Web page
National Health and Medical Research Council. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Early Breast Cancer. Second Edition [PDF on Internet]. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, [updated 6 September 2003; cited 3 March 2004]. Available from:

Figure legends
Legends must be submitted for all figures, and should be included at the end of the text. They should be self-explanatory and incorporate definitions of symbols. Abbreviations and units of measurement should be explained so that the figure and its legend are understandable without reference to the text. Indicate the stains used in histopathology. Identify statistical measures of variation, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean.

  • Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text.
  • Tables should be cited consecutively in the text and should be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Each table should be presented on a separate page at the end of the main document file, with a comprehensive but concise legend above the table.
  • Tables should be double-spaced, and should not contain internal lines.
  • Do not use tabs or spaces to separate data points in tables. Each data point must be contained within a unique cell.
  • Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses. All abbreviations should be defined in footnotes.
  • For footnotes, use the following symbols, in sequence: †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, ††, ‡‡ (*, **, *** should be reserved for P values).
  • Identify statistical measures of variation, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean.
  • In the interest of conserving space in the printed journal, the Editor may request that excessively long tables be made available online only as supporting material.

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. All figures should be in colour (the journal accepts colour illustrations and photographs free of charge). Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text using Arabic numerals. Insert easily seen arrows or letters to identify entities (they should be bold and in colour). Photomicrographs and electron micrographs must have internal scale markers

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication. Photographs should be submitted as high resolution files (at least 300 dpi).

Photographic images should be provided as .tif files. Any accompanying text (figure legends etc.) should be included separately at the end of the main text file. Do not embed photographic images in Word or PowerPoint documents. Line figures (graphs and drawings) should be provided as .eps files.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley’s guidelines for figures.

Document the specific objectives of the study and identify the main endpoints. Explain and justify how the sample size was determined in experiments, clinical trials, case-control studies and cohort studies.

Report results to a level of precision commensurate with their scientific or clinical relevance. For example, report mean blood pressure without decimal places. Avoid over-precision by restricting the use of decimal places. Provide the numbers in the numerator and denominator when stating a percentage.

Describe the central tendency and dispersion of continuous measurements. Use the mean (standard deviation) for measurements that approximate the normal distribution; and, only use the mean (standard error of the mean) when estimating the precision of the observed mean. For other continuous measurements use the median value and percentiles - such as the inter-quartile range and the absolute range. Avoid any ambiguity about the numbers of observations.

Describe the analyses in enough detail to enable readers with access to the original data to verify the results. Ensure that the data satisfy the assumptions of the chosen statistical tests. Provide references for techniques not in common usage and include a brief explanation. Document the name and source of any commercial statistical computer packages that were used to calculate the results.

Appreciate that statistical significance tests show whether or not an effect could be due to chance and do not indicate the biological or clinical importance of any observed differences. Comment on the magnitude of the chief differences between the groups. Declare the level of statistical significance (usually P 0.05) and state whether this refers to a one- or two-sided probability. Report the value of the test statistic and the actual P value, for instance P = 0.04, not P 0.05. Make allowance for multiple comparisons by adjusting the P value, for instance by the Ryan-Holm stepwise Bonferroni procedure or the Benjamini-Hochberg false discovery rate. Generally, though within reason, report confidence intervals as well as P values.

Correlation coefficients provide a summary of the linear association between two quantitative variables. They measure the association between independent variables and should never be used to measure agreement (concordance): correlation coefficients must never be used when comparing different methods of measuring the same variable.

Take particular care, and consider obtaining professional advice, when performing multivariable analyses and estimating survival. Survival curves must be accompanied by a declaration of the numbers of patients involved in each analysis and should be truncated when the numbers at risk are small; that is, when they are less than one-third of the starting figure.

Qualitative Research
Qualitative research may be difficult to fit into the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) format. It is sometimes best to present the results and discussion together for each theme, and the structured abstract can be adjusted accordingly. Incorporate direct quotes from participants into tables whenever appropriate.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at:

Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


A cover letter should be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file. The cover letter should:

• advise whether or not the first author is a surgeon in training;
• justify the inclusion of each author if there are more than five authors;
• provide a statement that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript;
• declare and explain any potential conflict of interest (refer to the section ‘Disclosure Statement’ for advice on what to include);
• for case reports, authors should also declare that they have obtained informed consent from the patient (or guardian/next of kin); and
• indicate that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not under consideration elsewhere.

Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest in the ‘Conflict of Interest’ field in the ScholarOne System.

Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. Digital images supplied only as low-resolution files cannot be used.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licencing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic licence agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs. Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licences. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons Licence terms: Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence (CC BY-NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs Licence (CC BY-NC-ND).To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.


Wiley’s Author Services: Tracking your paper’s progress
Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking.

The corresponding author will receive an email with details on how to provide proof corrections. It is therefore essential that a working email address be providing for the corresponding author.

Early View
The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.


Article PDF for authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

Printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail:

Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provides authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.


For further information or advice please contact:

Kumie Dawkins
Editorial Assistant
ANZ Journal of Surgery
155 Cremorne Street
Richmond, Vic 3121

Ph: +61 3 9274 3130
Fax: +61 3 9274 3390

Author Guidelines updated 28 November 2015