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About Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of research in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

The journal aims to provide a forum for the publication and free access of high quality original scientific reports documenting clinical and experimental advances in cardiac and thoracic surgery, and related fields. The intended audience is cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiothoracic anaesthesiologists, cardiologists, chest physicians, and allied health professionals.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1345/$2105/€1715 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery include:

  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • EmCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.02.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Research: reports of data from original research.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. Opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board usually write these articles. They have an educational aim and are 2000-3000 words.

Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.

Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board. They focus on specific issues and are about 800 words.

Letters to the Editor: they can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.

Study protocol: describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study. If the study is a randomised controlled trial it must have an International Standardised Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN).

Peer-review policies

The Editors-in-Chief will decide whether submitted manuscripts are suitable for peer review. Articles that are deemed suitable for peer review will be sent to the appropriate members of the editorial board, and two external reviewers with an interest in that area. We will require the reviewers to guarantee a review within two weeks except in special cases. Based on the comments of the reviewers, the Editors-in-Chief will decide on whether to accept or reject a manuscript.

Edited by Vipin Zamvar and David Taggart, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Articles in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Cardiothorac Surg [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Cardiothorac Surg 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery?

High visibility

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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