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Journal of Hand Surgery

The Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS) is the official journal of the American Society of the Hand. It is included as a benefit of ASSH membership.

*The ASSH Journal Advisory Group (JAG) is now searching for four candidates to fill new JHS Editorial positions.  Visit the call for applicants for more information and instructions on how to apply.  Inquiries can be sent to Tara Spiess ( 


Accessing the Journal

Members can access the JHS in two simple steps:

  1. Login to the ASSH website using your ASSH username and password.
  2. Go to The Journal of Hand Surgery Official Site.

(If you need your username and password for the ASSH website, please contact the ASSH Central Office at (312) 880-1900 or email Please DO NOT create a new login.)

Earning CME via JHS

The Review Section of JHS will contain at least 2 clinically relevant articles selected by the editor to be offered for CME in each issue. For CME credit, the participant must read each article and correctly answer related questions through online examinations.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand designates each Journal-Based CME activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

To earn CME, JHS subscribers must do the following:

  1. Read the CME-eligible article(s) found in the JHS Review Section.
  2. Go to
  3. Type in your email address or username, then:
    • If you have a CME account with the JHS, type in your password.**
    • If you do not have a CME account with the JHS, click the box next to Register an Account and then click Continue to create your JHS CME account.
    • If you have a CME account and forgot your password, click Login at the top-right of the screen, then click Forgot Password. Elsevier will send you a new password so that you can proceed to step 4, below.

  4. Take the test. There is one test per article. All test questions must be answered correctly to be eligible for CME. Users may continue to retake the exam at no additional fee to reach the 100% passing score. The questions on the test are designed to make the reader think and will occasionally require the reader to go back to scrutinize the article for details.
  5. Pay the $15 certificate fee per exam (Note that some states charge sales tax).

Credits are posted to your ASSH CME transcript on a monthly basis. If you need your certificate immediately, you can access your certificate on the journal website:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on a test. Log in if prompted. A new window will pop-up with the exam.
  3. Click My Courses at the top of the page.
  4. Click on the Certificate button that corresponds with each test to view, save, or print the certificate. Note that the certificate will pop up in a separate window.

**Your Elsevier username and password are different from your ASSH login. If you do not have an Elsevier account, please create one. If you need help retrieving your username and/or password, please contact Elsevier at (800) 654-2452 (Toll Free US & Canada), (314) 447-8871 (Outside US & Canada), or  Elsevier customer service is available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST.


Free Access for Residents and Fellows

FREE ACCESS to the online Journal of Hand Surgery and Journal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is available to North American Residents and Fellows.

Please email the following information to

  • Full Name
  • Preferred Mailing Address (indicate if this is work or home)
  • Phone (indicate if this is work, home, cell, etc)
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Whether you are are Resident or a Fellow?
  • Specialty - Orthopaedic, Plastic, General surgery?
  • Residency or Fellowship Program Name
  • Ending date of Residency or Fellowship Program

Once your information is received, you will receive instructions on how to access JHS for free. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing. 


Please contact us at with any JHS-related questions.

Click here to access The Journal of Hand Surgery.

JHS Vision

The Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume) will remain the preeminent international journal promoting the science and art of surgery for the hand and upper extremity.

JHS Mission


  1. To promote the advancement of science by maintaining the highest standards of editorial integrity and ethics
  2. To publish original, noteworthy, peer-reviewed articles on topics related to hand and upper extremity conditions and treatments
  3. To provide readers with continuing education in the basic and clinical sciences related to hand and upper extremity conditions and their treatments
  4. To produce a journal that is current, credible, and easily readable
  5. To stimulate thoughtful discourse on unresolved issues and emerging trends affecting the practice of hand and upper extremity surgery
  6. To provide historical, cultural, and philosophical viewpoints related to human hands and the practice of hand and upper extremity surgery


The vision and mission of The Journal of Hand Surgery was adopted by the ASSH Council in October, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

  • JHS for iPad
  • Subscription Questions
  • Address Changes
  • Online Access

JHS app for iPad

How do I access the JHS app for iPad?

To download the JHS app, go to the App Store via your iPad by searching ”JHS.” Access to abstract and full-text content is only available to member subscribers and other individual subscribers. To access the full content, you will need a Username and Password.

If you, as an ASSH member, have been reading the full text of JHS at  through the seamless access provided at, it’s possible that you have not registered on the journal website and claimed your access.  We encourage you to do so now, following the instructions below so that you can use your username and password to access the JHS iPad app.

NOTE: You can continue to read full text content at  via the ASSH web site as you currently do.

If you have already registered and claimed access to JHS, you already have a valid Username and Password. Please use that when prompted on the JHS iPad app to login as an existing subscriber.

If you have not yet registered and claimed access, please follow the directions below:

  1. Go to  
  2. If you are a new user, you will need to register. Enter your email (username) and click on Continue (next to Register a New Account).
  3. At the Register a New Account page, provide a password and all the requested profile information. Select that you have read the terms of use and click Register. On the confirmation page, you can click the link near the bottom of the page, “Claim access to full text articles.” Proceed to Step #4 below. (If you have already registered, you can simply login with your username (email) and password and skip to Step #4. If you are not sure you have registered, contact Customer Service.)
  4. Next claim your access. On the Claim Your Online Access page, follow the appropriate instruction below.  (ASSH Members: Click I receive my subscription through a society membership. Select your society name from the list in the dropdown menu.  Insert your member number and last name.  (Forgot your ASSH member number?  Visit or call 312.880.1900.))
  5. Click Continue. On the Online Access Claimed page, you can click the Journal link or Finish; both links will direct you to the journal home page.

Upon returning to the journal site, you will only need to log in with your username (email) and password to access the full text online.  You can also access to the full journal content on the JHS iPad app available in the App Store.

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Subscription Information

I am an ASSH Member – do I have a complimentary subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS)?
Yes, if you belong to one of the following ASSH membership categories:
  • Active Members (AC)
  • Lifetime Members – dues paying (LM)
  • Senior/Retired Members – dues paying (RM)
  • International Members – dues paying (IM)
  • Candidate Members – ALL (CM, CF, CR)
  • Affiliate Members – with Journal (AFFJ)
  • Supporting Members (SU)
  • Senior/Retired Supporting Members – dues paying (SUM)


How can I check my ASSH membership category?

Sign in with your username and password in the Member Center, look the My Profile section.  RATE = Member Type under Membership Status.

I am a NEW ASSH Member - when does my JHS subscription begin? Print subscriptions for New Active, International and Supporting Members begin with January 1 of the year after election.  (i.e. - new 2014 Active Members JHS subscription will begin with January 2015). Online access is activated once applicants have been notified of acceptance.
ASSH Candidate and Affiliate Member’s JHS subscriptions begin with the month of acceptance.


What if I am a NEW ASSH Member but I already have a personal subscription to the JHS?

Once your ASSH complimentary subscription to the JHS is activated any current personal subscription to the JHS you may have will be cancelled and refunded for any remainder due.


I am a current ASSH Candidate Member applying for ASSH Active Membership.  How will my JHS subscription be effected?

If you are a current ASSH Candidate Member (have paid your current years Candidate membership dues; i.e. - 2014 paid ASSH Candidate Member applying for 2014 ASSH Active Membership) and are currently applying for ASSH Active Membership, then your subscription for the JHS will continue uninterrupted as long as your Active membership application is approved.


What if I am receiving duplicate copies of the JHS?

Save the mailing address labels from both copies of the JHS.  Fax copies of the mailing labels to Jeanne Bloesch – Membership Manager at: (847) 384-1435.


I received an invoice for the JHS from Elsevier. Should I pay it?

No.  ASSH Members should NOT receive billing for the US edition of the JHS directly from the publisher.

If you receive an invoice for the US edition of the Journal of Hand Surgery please DO NOT PAY the invoice. Fax the invoice to Jeanne Bloesch – Membership Manager at (847) 384-1435.


Do ASSH Members also get complimentary subscriptions to the European Volume of the JHS?

No.  ASSH Members do receive a 50% discount on a personal subscription to the European Volume of the JHS.


How do I get a subscription to the European Volume of the JHS?

Contact Sage Publishers - JHS European Volume – Sage Customer Service

US/Canadian -

International -

Tel: +1 805 499 9774
Fax: +1 805 499 0871

With regards to the price for ASSH members, these have been set as follows:
  • ASSH Members Rate - $269 (members get print and online)
  • NonMember US Rate - $537 (print only for non-member individuals)

Online-only option is not available for individuals.
Each Volume comprises 9 Issue per year (January/February/March/May/June/July/September/October and November).

Members should advise customer services that they are ASSH members and the 50% discount will be applied to their order.


Address Changes

What if I have not been receiving my print copy of the JHS?

Check the Member Center > My Profile to verify your Membership category and the address for your Journal mailing.

ASSH members with complimentary subscriptions to the JHS should contact Jeanne Bloesch – Membership Manager at the ASSH Central Office 312/880-1900 or  

ASSH staff will verify that we have the correct information for your Journal Mailing address and replacement issues will be ordered.


If my mailing address changes do I have to contact Elsevier, the JHS publisher?

No.  The ASSH Central Office maintains the JHS mailing addresses for ASSH members receiving complimentary subscriptions to the JHS.

If there is a change in your mailing address please notify the ASSH by calling 312/880-1900 or email


Can I update my Journal mailing address online?

Yes.  Sign in with your username/password.  In the Member Center > My Profile > EDIT (button at bottom of page).  Please follow the directions carefully to update ALL listed addresses.

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Online Access

If I have a complimentary subscription to the JHS as one of my ASSH member benefits, do I also have online access to the JHS?

Yes.  Sign in with your username and password on the ASSH website.  From the Member Center  > click the Journal of Hand Surgery icon on the right.

You will automatically be directed to the JHS website ( and have full access to articles and outlines.*

*When you click through, you are leaving the ASSH website.


Do I need to register or sign-in on the JHS website to access articles?

No.  When you enter via the link from the ASSH Member Center,  you do NOT need to register or sign in on the JHS website to read an article.

However, in order to claim CME for articles or save your article search results for future reference, a username and password (registration) for is required.


Why should I register or login on the JHS online?
  1. To claim CME credits from Journal articles
  2. To save your search results for later reference

How do I register on the JHS website? 


Sign in with your username and password in the ASSH Member Center > click through the Journal of Hand Surgery icon on the right.  This will open an new window to the JHS website (

Begin the registration process (top right of page) on the JHS site to create your username and password.**  If you already have  an existing account on the Elsevier website, you do not need to create a new registration.

**It is strongly recommended to set up the same logon information for the JHS website as the logon information used for the ASSH website.

Once you have registered on the JHS website you can start from the JHS website directly and sign in with the information you set up for your JHS account.


Why aren't my ASSH account and my JHS account the same?

JHS online is a separate system and separate website from the ASSH website.


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