NEW Access to the American Surgeon journal online


The ACS Southern CA Chapter members are provided a free online subscription to the American Surgeon Journal, a monthly journal published by the Southeastern Surgical Congress. As an active So Cal Chapter member, you have free access to current and back issues of the Journal through the journal’s online platform. This service is provided as part of the annual membership dues. 


The American Surgeon has announced a new partnership with SAGE Publishing as of May 2020. NEW instructions for how to access the journal online and enjoy your subscription on an enhanced user platform will be announced soon!

SAGE Publishing's up-to-date publishing platform greatly expands the capabilities in digital media, making the content readily available to you via an electronic table of contents that will be emailed to you as the full edition comes available every month. As before, all members of the Congress and Chapter and subscribers have access to our archive of past issues.

Online Access to back issues of the American Surgeon


In order to access the Journal online there are several steps you must take to activate your subscription, if you have not done so previously. Before you proceed, make sure you have your five-digit So Cal Chapter member number – you will need this to go through the process.

Follow these steps to activate your subscription:

  • Go to and click on “sign up here.”
  • Enter your information in the fields provided
  • Choose a username and password (both must be at least 5 characters)
  • Click on “register”
  • Select the 'Add' tab to request access
  • Search for American Surgeon. Click to add American Surgeon to your account and input your Chapter membership ID number as the "subscription number"

This will be your five-digit Southern California ACS Chapter member number. If you have forgotten your five-digit Chapter member ID, contact SCCACS. Chapter member dues must be current in order to get access to the Journal. There will be a validation process once this information is submitted and you will receive notice that you have been approved for online access or advise that there is an issue.

If you go through the entire process above at one time, you will first receive an e-mail from Ingenta thanking you for registering on the journal’s online platform, Ingenta Connect. The 2nd email will indicate that your request to add the American Surgeon subscription has been received and will be reviewed – they have to verify your member ID number, etc. Once your subscription has been activated, you will receive an email from Ingenta Connect - you can then login and access the Journal online. 


For more in depth instructions and visual step by step instructions, review this document.

If, for some reason, there is a problem with your registration, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the Southeastern Surgical Congress from Ingenta and we will correct the problem or contact you if there is a situation.  Please note that if your dues are not current with your Chapter, you will not be given access to the online Journal. 


After registering, if you would like to receive a monthly e-mail notifying you that the current month Journal is online with links to the articles, go to . When the screen comes up, on the right side of the screen, click on “Activate personal subscription.”