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European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care

Published in Association with Acute Cardiovascular Care Association

Editor in Chief
Christiaan Vrints Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium


eISSN: 20488734 | ISSN: 20488726 | Current volume: 6 | Current issue: 7 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

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)

European Society of Cardiology Journal Family

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
  • Varia
Associate Editors
Christian Mueller University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Susanna Price Royal Brompton Hospital, UK
Francois Schiele University Hospital Jean-Minjoz, France
Editorial Board
Dave Adlam University of Leicester, UK
Ingo Ahrens University of Freiburg, Germany
Farzin Beygui CHU Caen, France
Eric Bonnefoy Hopital Louis Pradel, Lyon France
Eduardo Bossone University Hospital Salerno, Italy
Hector Bueno Hospital Gral Universitario Gregorio Maranon, Spain
Marc Claeys University Hospial Antwerp, Belgium
Peter Michael Clemmensen Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Nicolas Danchin Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou, France
Gerasimos Filippatos University of Athens Hospital Attikon , Greece
Donna Fitzsimons Belfast City Hospital Trust, UK
Patrick Goldstein Centre Hospitalier Regional et Universitaire de Lille, France
Bulent Gorenek Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey
Chris Granger Duke University, USA
Rajiv Gulati Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA
Sigrun Halvorsen Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Yonathan Hasin The Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, Israel
Christian Hassager The Heart Center, Denmark
Kurt Huber Wilhelminenhospital, Vienna, Austria
Allan Jaffe Mayo Clinic, USA
Petr Jansky University Hospital Motol, Czech Republic
Steen Dalby Kristensen Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Fred Kushner Heart Clinic of Louisiana, USA
Sergio Leonardi Policlinico San Matteo Pavia, Italy
Maddalena Lettino IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Italy
Josep Masip University of Barcelona, Spain
David A. Morrow Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
Giampaolo Niccoli Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
Alexander Parkhomenko Ukrainian Institute Of Cardiology, Ukraine
Tom Quinn Kingston University and St George's, University of London, UK
Udo Sechtem Robert Bosch Hospital Stuttgart, Germany
Alexander Shpektor Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Russia
Janina Stepinska Institute of Cardiology, Poland
Eva Swahn Linkoping Heart Centre, Sweden
Holger Thiele Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Germany
Kristian Thygesen Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Marco Tubaro San Filippo Neri Hospital, Italy
Arnoud van't Hof Isala Hospital, Netherlands
Pascal Vranckx Virga Jesseziekenhuis Hasselt, Belgium
Doron Zahger Soroka University Medical Center, Israel
Uwe Zeymer Herzzentrum Klinikum Ludwigshafen, Germany
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  • 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.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. 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
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    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: these are generally invited. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you wish to write an editorial.   

    Case reports: EHJ:ACVC accepts brief reports on highly informative cases. Case reports should be between 250 and 500 words in total (including a 60 word abstract and up to three references) and should include a single critical image or table. Case reports should have no more than three authors.

    If a high quality case report is submitted but not appropriate for European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care  it may be offered for transfer 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

    Please also supply an unstructured summary of no more than 200 words (summaries must not include an abstract or references). It must include a clear image, with no more than 2 panels. This image should be cited and described in the text. No figure legend is permitted. The summary version will be fully citable with a DOI (digital object identifier) number and will be indexed on PubMed. Please provide the full version and the summary version in separate Word documents, with the files clearly named. Submissions that do not satisfy all of the above requirements will not be considered. The summary will be published in the Journal with the full report appearing online only.

    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.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Submitted papers will undergo full peer review, and written comments, when available, will be returned with all refereed manuscripts.

    Generally each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees, and an editorial decision is made as rapidly as possible.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of three peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended 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 Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    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.

    2.2 Authorship

    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

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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 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.

    2.4 Funding

    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. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    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.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    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

    2.7 Clinical trials

    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.

    2.8 Reporting guidelines

    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.

    2.9 Data.

    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.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    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.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    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

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    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.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    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.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    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.

    4.4 Reference style

    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.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

    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.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    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.

    5.1 ORCID

    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.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    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).

    5.3 Permissions

    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

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    6. On acceptance and publication.

    6.1 SAGE Production

    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.

    6.2 Online First publication

    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.

    6.4 Promoting your 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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    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:

    acvc.admin@sagepub.co.uk

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