European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care publishes high quality peer-reviewed material, both clinical and scientific, on all aspects of acute cardiac care, such as acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias and acute heart failure.
It offers a unique integrative approach combining the expertise of the different subspecialties of cardiology, emergency and intensive care medicine in the management of patients with acute cardiovascular syndromes. The journal includes articles that discuss interdisciplinary daily clinical practice, with space also dedicated to educational materials such as reviews, clinical case discussions, practical tips & tricks and how-to articles.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
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European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care publishes high quality peer-reviewed material, both clinical and scientific, on all aspects of acute cardiac care such as acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias and acute heart failure.
It offers a unique integrative approach combining the expertise of the different subspecialties of cardiology, emergency and intensive care medicine in the management of patients with acute cardiovascular syndromes. The journal includes articles that discuss interdisciplinary daily clinical practice, with space also dedicated to educational materials such as reviews, clinical case discussions, practical tips & tricks, how-to articles.
In particular, the journal seeks papers on the following topics:
- Acute ischemic heart disease
- Acute heart failure syndromes
- Acute valvular heart disease
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Acute pericardial disease
- Aortic dissection
- Acute pulmonary embolism
- Acute cardiac care in pregnancy and post partum
|Pascal Vranckx||Hasselt University, Belgium|
|Prof. David A. Morrow||Brigham and Women's Hospital, TIMI-group, USA|
|Dr. Frederik Verbrugge MD, PhD||Mayo Clinic, USA|
|Dr. Xavier Rossello Lozano||CNIC Madrid & Hospital Universitari Son Espases, Mallorca, Spain|
|MSC Johan Verbeeck||University of Hasselt, Belgium|
|Prof. Dr. Ingo Ahrens||University Medical Center Freiburg & Augustinerinnen Hospital, Germany|
|Dr. Diego Araiza||National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico|
|Dr. Maria Rubini Gimenez||Heart Center Leipzig, Germany|
|As. Prof. Dr. Konstantin Krytchiuk||Instituto Nacional de Cardiología - Ignacio Chávez, México|
|Dr. Rafael Vidal Perez||Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, Spain|
|Dr. Ümit Yasar Sinan||Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa Institute of Cardiology, Turkey|
|Prof. Christian Mueller, MD, FESC||University Hospital Basel, Switzerland|
|Ass. Prof.Dr. Alessandro Sionis||Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Spain|
|Prof. Dr. Marco Valgimigli||Cardiocentro Ticino, Switzerland|
|Prof. Dr. Sean van Diepen||University of Alberta Hospital, Canada|
|Prof. Christian Hassager, MD, DMSc, FESC||Rigshospitalet, The Heart Center, Denmark|
|Prof. Kurt Huber, MD||Wilhelminenhospital, Vienna, Austria|
|Dr. Susanna Price, MD PhD||Royal Brompton Hospital, UK|
|Prof. Dr. Christiaan Vrints||Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium|
|Assoc. Prof. Dave Adlam, BA, BM, BCh, DPhil, FRCP, FESC||University of Leicester, UK|
|Prof. Dr. Johann Auer, FESC, FACC, SCA||St. Josef Hospital Braunau, Austria|
|Prof John Beltrame BSc, BMBS, PhD, FRACP, FESC, FACC, FCSANZ, FAHA||University of Adelaide, Australia|
|Prof. Farzin Beygui, MD, PhD||CHU Caen, France|
|Prof. Eric Bonnefoy, PhD||Hopital Louis Pradel, Lyon France|
|Prof. Eduardo Bossone, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC||A. Cardarelli Hospital, Italy|
|Prof Andrzej Budaj MD, PhD, FESC||Grochowski Hospital, Poland|
|Prof. Hector Bueno, M.D, PhD, FESC, FAHA||Hospital Gral Universitario Gregorio Maranon, Spain|
|Prof. Dr. Marc Claeys, MD, PhD, FESC||University Hospital Antwerp, Belgium|
|Prof. Peter Michael Clemmensen, MD, DMSc, FSCAI, FESC||Rigshospitalet, Denmark|
|Prof. Filippo Crea, MD, FESC, FACC||Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy|
|Dr Nicolas Danchin,MD, FESC||Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou, France|
|Prof. Gerasimos Filippatos, MD, FESC, FHFA||University of Athens Hospital Attikon , Greece|
|Prof. Donna Fitzsimons, BSc, RN, PhD, FESC||Queen’s University Belfast, UK|
|Dr. Patrick Goldstein, MD||Centre Hospitalier Regional et Universitaire de Lille, France|
|Prof. Chris Granger, M.D.||Duke University, USA|
|Prof. Rajiv Gulati, MD, PhD||Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA|
|Prof. Sigrun Halvorsen, MD, PhD, FESC||Oslo University Hospital, Norway|
|Prof. Yonathan Hasin||Meuhedet, Israel|
|Dr. Timothy D. Henry, MD||The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital, USA|
|Dr. Thao Huynh, MD, MSC, PHD||McGill Health University Center, Canada|
|Prof. Allan Jaffe, MD||Mayo Clinic, USA|
|Dr. Petr Jansky||University Hospital Motol, Czech Republic|
|Assoc. Prof. Navin K. Kapur, MD FAHA, FACC, FSCAI||Tufts Medical Center, USA|
|Assoc. Prof. Jason N. Katz, MD. MHS||University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA|
|Prof. Steen Kristensen, SDK, MD, DMSc||Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark|
|Prof. Fred Kushner, MD||Heart Clinic of Louisiana, USA|
|Dr. Sergio Leonardi, MHS||Policlinico San Matteo Pavia, Italy|
|Dr. Maddalena Lettino, MD, FESC||Humanitas Research Hospital, Italy|
|Assoc. Prof. Josep Masip MD, PhD, FESC||University of Barcelona, Spain|
|Prof. Venu Menon MD||Cleveland Clinic, USA|
|Prof. L. Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA||Duke University Medical Center, USA|
|Prof. Giampaolo Niccoli, PhD||Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy|
|Prof. Alexander Parkhomenko, MD, PhD, FESC||Ukrainian Institute Of Cardiology, Ukraine|
|Prof. Tom Quinn, FRCN, FESC, FAHA, FACC||Kingston University and St George's, University of London, UK|
|Prof. Dr. Udo Sechtem||Robert Bosch Hospital Stuttgart, Germany|
|Prof. Evgeny Shlyakhto MD, PhD, FESC, FACC||Almazov National Medical Resaerch Centre of Saint Petersburg Russia|
|Prof. Alexander Shpektor, MD, PhD, FESC||Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Russia|
|Prof. Janina Stepinska, MD, PhD||Institute of Cardiology, Poland|
|Prof. Eva Swahn, MD, PhD||Department of Cardiology and Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden|
|Dr Jean-Claude Tardif, MD, FRCPC, FESC||Montreal Heart Institute, Canada|
|Prof. Dr. Med. Holger Thiele, MD, FESC||Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Germany|
|Prof. Kristian Thygesen, MD, DSc||Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark|
|Assoc. Prof. Pierluigi Tricoci, MD, MHS, PhD, FACC, FESC||Duke University School of Medicine, USA|
|Dr. Marco Tubaro, MD FESC||San Filippo Neri Hospital, Italy|
|Prof. Dr. Arnoud van't Hof, MD, PhD, FESC||Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC), Netherlands|
|Pascal Vranckx||Hasselt University, Belgium|
|Prof. Doron Zahger, MD||Soroka University Medical Center, Israel|
|Prof. Uwe Zeymer, MD||Herzzentrum Klinikum Ludwigshafen, Germany|
|Prof. Dr. Bulent Gorenek, MD (Turkey)||Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey|
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care is moving Publisher from 2021. The journal will move from SAGE to OUP. Access to all past issues and all issues that are, or due to be published, in 2020 will remain accessible via the SAGE website. New journal content (OnlineFirst/Advance Articles) can be found here.
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://www.editorialmanager.com/acc to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
1.2 Article Types
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care publishes the following types of articles:
Original Scientific Papers: these should be no more than 5000 words including references, tables and figure legends. A structured abstract of no more than 250 words under the headings 1) Background 2) Methods 3) Results 4) Conclusions should also be supplied along with up to six keywords.
Clinical Practice/Education Papers: these should be no more than 5000 words including references, tables and figure legends. A structured abstract of no more than 250 words under the headings 1) Background 2) Methods 3) Results 4) Conclusions should also be supplied along with up to six keywords.
Reviews: these should be no more than 5000 words including references, tables and figure legends. An unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words plus up to six keywords should also be supplied.
Editorials/Commentaries: EHJ: ACVC does not accept ad hoc editorial/commentaries submissions. Only invited editorials/commentaries will be considered in the journal.
EHJ: ACVC does not accept case reports for publication. Please do consider submitting your case report to European Heart Journal: Case Reports (EHJCR). EHJCR is the international, online-only, fully open access journal of the ESC. The Journal publishes high quality, educationally valuable case reports, images, and quality improvement projects in all aspects of cardiology and cardiovascular medicine. More information can be found at https://academic.oup.com/ehjcr. If a case report is submitted to EHJ: ACVC under a different article type it will automatically be offered for transfer to EHJCR.
1.3 Writing your paper
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care adheres to a rigorous single-blind reviewing policy in which the identity the reviewer is always concealed from the submitting author. European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care’s policy is to obtain at least two independent reviews of each article. Referees will be encouraged to provide substantive, constructive reviews that provide suggestions for improving the work and distinguish between mandatory and non-mandatory recommendations. Following the receipt of the reviewer comments, the Editor will make a decision as rapidly as possible.
If you are asked to provide the names of a peer who could be called upon to review your manuscript, please note that reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the journal’s editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
2.3.2 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility.
Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online and in the print issue. There is no charge for reproducing figures in colour in the printed version.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
4.5 English language editing services
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care is hosted on Editorial Manager, a web based online submission and peer review system. Visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/acc to login and submit your article online.
All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their Editorial Manager accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles
6.3 Access to your published article
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care editorial office as follows: