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The purpose of Current Problems in Cardiology is to provide comprehensive review articles and symposia on topics pertaining to both fundamental cardiovascular science and the practice of cardiovascular medicine.

Submission Checklist

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Editor who has invited you to contribute. Revised manuscripts should have a unique file name (eg, SmithTextrev1.doc). Text, figures, and tables should be provided as separate files. (Multiple figure files can be compressed into a Zip file. See for a free trial.) All files should be labeled with appropriate and descriptive file names (eg, SmithFig1.eps, SmithTable3.doc).

Your manuscript should consist of the following elements, each starting on a separate page:

  • Title page
  • Abstract and key words
  • Body of manuscript
  • References
  • Legends
  • Figures (with permission for reuse, if required)
  • Tables (with permission for reuse, if required)

All parts of the manuscript (including references and legends) should be typed double-spaced-that is, with a full line of space after every typed line. Leave one-inch margins on both sides and at the top and bottom of every page.

The TITLE PAGE should include the following information:

  1. The names, degrees, and professional affiliations (position, department, institution, place) of all authors.
  2. The name of the institution where the work reported was done ("From. . .").
  3. Acknowledgment of grant support when appropriate ("Supported in part by. . .").
  4. For the corresponding author, a complete mailing address (including zip code or postal code), telephone and fax numbers, and email address to which page proofs can be sent.

The ABSTRACT should be not longer than 150 words. The KEY WORDS should be a list of three to five important words or phrases; these are used for indexing.

All DRUG NAMES cited in the manuscript should be generic, followed by brand name, manufacturer, city, and state in parentheses.

Estimating Manuscript Length
We are counting on your cooperation in providing published issues of 96 printed pages. The Editor who has invited you to contribute to the issue has specified the requested length of your article. The following approximations are offered to help you calculate length:

3 (8 1/2 x 11-inch) pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, in standard 12-point font (approximately 250 words per page) = 1 printed page

25 references (all lines double-spaced) = 1 printed page

2 tables or figures with legends = 1 printed page

Example: A manuscript contains 24 pages of text with 50 references and 6 tables: 24 pages of text = 8 printed pages

6 tables = 3 printed pages

50 references = printed pages

Total = 13 printed pages


References should be cited in numerical order in the text, with the reference number in parentheses and the complete references provided at the end of the article in the References section. The MicroSoft Word End Notes feature should not be used for references or automatic list numbering because these features are lost in conversion in the process of typesetting. (The use of the citation manager End Note, on the other hand, is acceptable.) References are listed in the order in which they are referred to in the text, not in alphabetical order. References should follow the style of the samples below, and journal titles should be abbreviated as in Index Medicus. Manuscripts in press may be referenced, but manuscripts that have been submitted for publication but not yet accepted should not be referenced. All references must be complete when the manuscript is submitted.

Journal article, one to three authors

De Luca G, Suryapranata H, Marino P: Reperfusion strategies in acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction: an overview of current status. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 50:352-382, 2008

Journal article, more than three authors

Boden WE, Shah PK, Gupta V, et al: Contemporary approach to the diagnosis and management of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 50:311-351, 2008

Journal article in press

Slepian MJ: Polymeric endoluminal paving: a family of evolving methods for extending edoluminal therapeutics beyond stenting. Cardiol Clin (in press)


Califf RM, Mark DB, Wagner GS: Acute Coronary Care (ed 2). St. Louis, MO, Mosby, 1993

Chapter in a book

Schlebert HR: Principles of positron emission tomography, in Marcus ML, Schelbert HR, Skorton DJ, et al (eds): Cardiac Imaging, Philadelphia, PA Saunders, 1991, pp 1140-1168

Paper presented at a meeting

Ardehali A, Laks H, Drinkwater D, et al: Heart transplantation for congenital heart diseases. Presented at the American College of Cardiology 43rd Annual Scientific Session, Atlanta, Georgia, March 14, 1994 Tables

Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text and should not be repetitive of descriptions in the text. Every table should consist of two or more columns; tables with only one column will be treated as a list and incorporated into the text. All tables must be cited in the text and numbered in order of appearance. Tables should include a short title. Each table submitted should be double-spaced on its own page. Each table should be saved as its own file as a Word document. Abbreviations, explanatory matter, and source notations for borrowed tables should be placed in the table footnote. The maximum table width is 144 characters (letters and spaces).


All figures should be cited in the text and numbered in order of appearance. Each figure should be saved as its own file and named accordingly (SmithFigure1.tiff, SmithFigure2.tiff). Figures must be submitted in TIFF or EPS file format only. Compressed BMP files and JPEG files cannot be used. PowerPoint files cannot be reproduced. Illustrations should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi; line art should be provided at a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi. Color illustrations will be published in color online; they will be published in black and white in print unless the author agrees to pay the cost of printing in color ($650 per page of color art).

Figure legends should be provided for each figure and should be brief and not repetitive of the text. Figure legends should be double-paced as a separate page within the manuscript, with all abbreviations and symbols appearing in the illustration described.

Author Biography
Authors are asked to provide a short bibliographic note for each author of approximately 100 words and no longer than 120 words. These will be reproduced at the end of the article.

Video Clips
Illustrations that are inherently moving images may be submitted as repetitive clips for publication online. Video clips should be submitted as MPG, MOV, AVI, or GIF files. To limit the loading time, clips should contain only one cycle and the maximum file size should be less than 1.5 megabytes. Larger clips are permissible with 3-D images. For the print publication, submit a still picture that is representative of the moving image and include in the leg-end a reference to the video clip.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher or author) for the use of any non-original figures, tables, or other material. A copy of the written permission must be submitted with the manuscript. Authors are responsible for any permissions fees.

It is of utmost importance to submit your manuscript with all figures and tables (and written permission to reproduce them when required) by the agreed-upon deadline, as provided by the Editor who invited you to submit an article. This deadline will allow the Editor time to review your manuscript and forward it in time for prompt publication. It will also allow time for any revisions to your manuscript should they be necessary.

The corresponding author will be sent an email and PDF proofs for review. He or she will be asked to proofread for typographical errors and to return corrections to the publisher within 48 hours. Important changes in data will be made, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proofs.

Submission of a manuscript implies that it is not being submitted to another journal. Accepted manuscripts may not be published elsewhere. Authors contributing a manuscript do so with the understanding that, once it is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms of media, shall be assigned exclusively to the publisher. The author will be asked to sign a copyright release form to this effect.

If you have any questions about the content or structure of your article, please contact Hector O. Ventura, MD, FACC.

If you have specific questions on publication procedures, please contact:

Heather Luciano, MA, MBA

Publisher, Health & Medical Sciences


Tel: +1 347 443 4496 mobile

Fax: 212-633-3853


Declaration of competing interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors should complete the declaration of competing interest statement using this template and upload to the submission system at the Attach/Upload Files step. Note: Please do not convert the .docx template to another file type. Author signatures are not required. If there are no interests to declare, please choose the first option in the template. This statement will be published within the article if accepted. More information.

Author contributions

For transparency, we encourage authors to submit an author statement file outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant CRediT roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - original draft; Writing - review & editing. Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first and CRediT role(s) following. More details and an example

Open access

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