Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Global Cardiology Science & Practice is an international peer reviewed journal dedicated to keeping cardiologists abreast of advances in the influence of basic science on clinical practice.  
The journal will publish in-depth reviews by international experts in the field and is based partly on material presented at the meetings bearing the same name.  
The journal will also publish original material and case studies judged to have important influence on practice in all aspects of cardiology.

All research published in the Journal adheres to ICMJE Recommendations.

The journal is a 'platinum' open access journal, whereby the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for the journal are paid for by a sponsoring institution. In this case all APCs are covered by the Magdi Yacoub Institute, and the authors do not have to arrange for any payment on acceptance.

 

Section Policies

Lessons from the trials

These are largely invited articles, however the editors welcome current trials or recent databases which have been published within the last 18 months and which are judged to be of importance to clinical practice, whether in a positive or negative way. Submissions should be under 6000 words.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

News and views

Commentaries on current developments in the world of cardiology and medicine.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research articles

Primary research articles.

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Review articles

Comprehensive overviews on one subject.

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Images in cardiology

Detailed case reports of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient. They should include as many high-res colour images as possible.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Pioneer series

Invited contributions from pioneers in their respective fields.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Conference report

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Perspectives

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Global health

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Doha quartets

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Oration

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Discussion

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Early communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Mechanisms of disease

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Pharmacovigilance

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Molecule of the month

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentary

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Viewpoint

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case study

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are sent for review unless they are out of scope or below the threshold level of the journal.  
The manuscripts will be sent to two experts for an informed recommendation on whether the articles should be accepted for publication. Statistical reviewers are also used where necessary. 
We employ a 'single-blind' reviewing system (where the reviewer remains anonymous to author, but the reviewer knows the identity of the author)  
Once the reviews have been received by the editor, a decision is made whether to accept the manuscript, ask for a revised version, or reject it. Ultimate responsibility for editorial decisions rests with the Editor-in-chief of the journal.  
Reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal publishes 4 issues per year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Policy on Conflict of Interest

All potential conflicts of interest must be listed in this section. Any personal or financial relationship with an individual or an organization which may influence your interpretation of the results of the study should be disclosed here.  
Where authors have no competing interests, please state so in this section.  
In the case of authors not providing any text for this section, and after prompting during the review stage has not provided any input from the authors, it will be filled with the following text:  
The authors of this study declined to declare any competing interests.  
Before declaring there are no competing interests, we ask the authors to consider the following cases.

  • Have you received any money, directly or indirectly (fees, salaries, funding) from an organization which could financially gain, or lose, from the publication of this study, now or in the future?
  • Is an organization paying the Article Processing Charge for this article? If so, please state.
  • Do you hold stocks, shares or options with a company which could gain, or lose, financially from this publication, now or in the future?
  • Do you hold, or are you applying for, a patent relating to any part of this work?
  • Have you benefitted financially from any company which holds similar patents?
  • Are there any non-financial conflicts of interest, such as personal, political, religious, ideological, intellectual or commercial? If so, please list.

If you are unsure of a coauthors conflict of interest, please contact us in confidence

 

Policy on Human and Animal Rights & Drug Names

The manuscript should include details of the design of the study, setting, participants and materials involved, and the type of analysis used.  
Particular attention should be paid to the following scenarios:

  • Use of animals: State the species, strain, number used, and pertinent descriptive characteristics. When describing surgical procedures, identify the pre-anesthetic and anesthetic agents used and the amounts, concentrations, routes, and frequency of administration of each.
  • Human studies: Indicate that the study was approved by an appropriate institutional ethics committee and that the subject gave informed consent [NB proof of written consent from the subject may be asked for at time of submission]
  • Drugs & devices: List the name and manufacturer of all reagents, equipment and devices used in the study. Generic, rather than trademark, names are preferred.

 

Policy on Informed Consent

For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript.

For all manuscripts that include details, images, or videos relating to individual participants, written informed consent for the publication of these must be obtained from the participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript. If the participant has died, then consent for publication must be sought from the next of kin of the participant. Authors should use a consent form from their own institution or region. This documentation must be made available to the Editor if requested, and will be treated confidentially. In cases where images are entirely unidentifiable and there are no details on individuals reported within the manuscript, consent for publication of images may not be required. The final decision on whether consent to publish is required lies with the Editor.

 

Complaints, Corrections, & Retractions

All complaints in the first instance should be directed to the Editorial Office at submissions@gcsp.co.uk

If the author is unhappy with any response, it will be raised with the wider Editorial Board.

If the author is still unhappy, advice will be sought from COPE - the Committee for Publication Ethics.

Corrections to the scientific literature can be made as an Erratum or Corrigendum to the original article.

Retractions will only be made under the COPE guidelines.