Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery is an open access, peer-reviewed online
journal that will encompass all aspects of research in the field of
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery will 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.
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery considers the following types of articles:
* Research: reports of data from original research. For research articles
there are two slightly different templates.
* Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within
your 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.
* Book reviews: short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book.
They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience and are
usually about 400 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.
* Case studies: describe a major healthcare intervention, usually from a
public health perspective. Case study articles that include a rigorous
assessment of the processes and impact of the intervention as well as
recommendations for future interventions will be considered favourably. Note
that Case study articles should not describe an individual patient - authors
should use the case report format for such descriptions.
* Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject
within your 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
* Meeting report: a short description of a conference that the author has
attended. It is usually best for the article to be published as soon after
the meeting as possible, and should focus on the key developments presented
and discussed at the meeting. These articles are usually commissioned but
reports and suggestions may also be submitted for the editors'
* 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).
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Journal of Cardiothoracic
Surgery using the online submission system.
Professor David Taggart
Oxford Heart Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital
Mr Vipin Zamvar
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Abstracts available online. Articles available in PDF format.
Current Issue: Volume 1:7 (3 March 2006)
Date: 9 March 2006