Indian Heart Journal (IHJ) is the official journal of Cardiological Society of India (CSI) and accepts articles for publication from across the globe. IHJ is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal and aims to publish work of the highest quality from all sub-specialties of cardiology- clinical and non-clinical including cardiovascular medicine and surgery. The journal invites original research articles, research briefs, perspective, case reports, case vignette, cardiovascular images, cardiovascular graphics, research letters, correspondence, reader forum, and interesting photographs, for publication. The aim of the publication is to promote research in India and serve as platform for dissemination of scientific information in cardiology particularly from South Asia
Categories of Articles
Articles can be submitted as Original Research Articles, Research Briefs, Review Articles, Perspective, Case Reports, Case Vignettes, Cardiovascular Images, Cardiovascular Graphics, Research Letters and Correspondence, Reader Forum and Interesting Photographs.
Original Research Articles: Original, in-depth research article that represents new and significant contributions to medical science. These articles should report research relevant to clinical cardiology including randomized clinical trials, Cardiac intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, cohort studies, systematic reviews, cost-effectiveness analyses, case control studies and cross-sectional studies. Before reporting a clinical trial we strongly urge the authors to register their clinical trials involving human subjects in CTRI (Clinical Trials Registry of India), available at http://www.ctri.in, hosted by the Indian Council of Medical Research. Each manuscript should be accompanied by a structured abstract of not more than 250 words using the following headings: Objective, Methods (discussing design, setting, participants/patients, interventions (if any) and end-points), Results, and Conclusions. Four to five key words to facilitate indexing should be provided in alphabetical order below the abstract. The text should be arranged in sections on INTRODUCTION, METHODS, RESULTS and DISCUSSION. One line key messages could also be provided at the end of the manuscript in a box under headings: ‘What is Already Known?’ and ‘What this Study Adds?’ Number of tables and figures should be limited to a maximum of 4 and 2, respectively. Extra tables and figures, subject to clearance by editorial review process, can be allowed on payment or may be made available only at the journal website. The typical text length for such contributions is up to 3000 words (including title page, abstract, tables, figures, acknowledgments and key messages). Number of references should be limited to 40.Research Briefs: Brief accounts of descriptive, observational studies, epidemiological assessments, and surveys are published as Research Briefs. A series of cases can also be considered as Research Briefs. Abstract should be unstructured, limited to 100 words, and highlight the aims, methods and main results. Provide 2-3 key words. The text should contain not more than 1000 words, two illustrations/ tables and up to 15 references, preferably recent publications. The text should be arranged in order of INTRODUCTION, METHODS, RESULTS and DISCUSSION. One line key messages could also be provided at the end of the study. The number of authors should be limited to 5.
Review Articles: These are comprehensive review articles on topics of current interest in Cardiology. The review should not exceed 5000 words (including tables, and figures). Authors submitting review articles should include an abstract of around 200 words describing the need and purpose of review, methods used for locating, selecting, extracting and synthesizing data, and main conclusions. The number of references should be limited to 50. Following types of articles can be submitted under this category:
• Newer drugs
• New technologies
• Review of a current concept
Please note that generally review articles are by invitation only. But unsolicited review articles will be considered for publication on merit basis. The authors may consult the Honorary Editor before submitting such articles, as similar reviews may already be in submission. Normally, a review article on a subject already published in Indian Heart Journal in last 3 years is not considered.
Perspective: Articles published under this heading intend to cover challenging and controversial topics of current interest in clinical cardiology and the intersection between medicine and society. The issues covered could be of national, regional (South East Asia) or global interest. Though the articles are usually solicited, we welcome submissions and proposals from researchers and opinion makers, provided they have sufficient credible experience and recognition on the subject for giving opinions. Some manuscripts submitted as ‘Review Articles’ may also be considered for publication under this section at the discretion of editors. The following guidelines need to be followed: The number of authors should be limited to maximum of 3. The topic should be specific and related to the practice of cardiology in general. Word limit: 2000 words and may include one figure and one table. Unstructured abstract of up to 150 words is acceptable. The views should be supported by appropriate evidence and references. Number of references should be limited to a maximum of 10.
Case Vignette: Reflections of clinical cases focussing on some interesting point may also be considered. The case should be 200 words, fit in 1 page having 1-2 illustrations and upto 2 references.Cardiovascular Images: Only clinical photographs with/without accompanying skiagrams or pathological images, echocardiography images, angiographic images etc. are considered for publication. Image should clearly identify the condition and have the classical characteristics of the clinical condition. Clinical photographs of condition which are very common, extremely rare, where diagnosis is obvious, or where diagnosis is not at all possible on images alone would not be considered. Photographs should be of high quality, usually 127 × 173 mm (5 × 7 in) but no larger than 203 × 254 mm (8 × 10 in). A short text of about 150 words depicting the condition is needed. Figures should be submitted separately from the text file. The submitted images should be of high resolution (>300 dpi). The following file types are acceptable: TIFF, EPS, and JPEG. The number of authors should not exceed 2. The authors should ensure that images of similar nature have not been published earlier. Authors must obtain signed informed consent from the patient.
Cardiovascular Graphics: This will include any ECG / EP, oximetry or hemodynamic trace which is interesting and makes a teaching point. The graphics need to be limited to 4 and should be followed by a brief commentary to describe the illustration. The commentary should focus on the graphic/s rather than on the clinical presentation/management/outcome. The accompanying commentary should be limited to 150 words.
Research Letters: Under this heading, short communication pertaining to research would be included. Research Letters reporting original research should not exceed 500 words of text and upto 5 references. They may have no more than 4 authors; other persons who have contributed to the study may be indicated in an acknowledgment section, with their permission. An abstract of up to 50 words reporting the key findings should also be included. Letters must not duplicate other material published, submitted or planned to be submitted for publication. In general, the matter of the letter could be unstructured but should follow the general sequence of introduction, methods, results and discussion and all other standard guidelines of a manuscript.
Reader Forum: Readers may send questions of common interest. Editorial board will try to solicit answers from experts; and publish them, if found suitable.Interesting Photograph: These are unsolicited photographs, not necessarily related to the mandate of the Journal, published as space fillers. There are no restrictions on subject matter, but photographs of familiar people are generally not published. A digital picture of 300 dpi or higher resolution in TIFF, EPS, and JPEG format needs to be submitted.
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Criteria for Acceptance
All manuscripts should meet the following criteria: the material is original, study methods are appropriate, data are sound, conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data, and the information is important; the topic has general cardiology interest; and that the article is written in reasonably good English. Knowledge, attitude, practice (KAP) studies are generally not accepted. The article should be submitted strictly in the style of Indian Heart Journal (vide infra). Manuscripts which do not follow the guidelines are likely to be sent back to authors without initiating the peer-review process. The current acceptance rate of submitted articles is higher for original studies but lower for case reports and review articles. In general review articles should be submitted only after consulting with the Editorial office. All accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial modifications to suit the language and style of Indian Heart Journal and suggestions may be made to the authors by the Editorial Board to improve the scientific value of the journal. Manuscripts once accepted will be edited in accordance with Editorial Policy and returned to the author for approval. Rejected manuscripts are retained for three months to answer any queries. The journal reserves the right to analyze the information obtained from submitted manuscripts as a part of editorial research to improve the peer-review process and for teaching and training activities; this does not include use of the manuscript data.
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6. Sources of research support, if any, including funding, equipment, and drugs
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• Information relating to any conflicts of interest of any of the authors and sources of research support, if any, including funding, equipment, and drugs should be included in the manuscript before references. Also include acknowledgement of financial support, if any.
The manuscript should be well organized and written in simple and correct English under appropriate headings. The abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out when they occur first time.The Introduction should address the subject of the paper. The Methods section should describe in adequate detail the laboratory or study methods followed and state the statistical procedures employed in the research. This section should also identify the ethical guidelines followed by the investigators with regard to the population, patient samples or animal specimens used. A statement should be made that their study conforms to widely accepted ethical principles guiding human research (such as the Declaration of Helsinki) AND also that their study has been approved by a local ethics committee.
The Results section should be concise and include pertinent findings and necessary tables and figures. The Discussion should contain conclusions based on the major findings of the study, a review of the relevant literature, clinical application of the conclusions and future research implications. Following the Discussion, Acknowledgements of important contributors and funding agencies may be given. The editorial office must receive written, signed consent from each contributor recognized in the Acknowledgements because the statement can imply endorsement of data and conclusions.Article structure
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