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European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

2016 Impact Factor: 3.606
2016 Ranking: 43/126 in Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Editor in Chief
Massimo Francesco Piepoli Cardiac Unit, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy


eISSN: 20474881 | ISSN: 20474873 | Current volume: 24 | Current issue: 12 Frequency: 18 Times/Year
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology embraces all the scientific, clinical and public health disciplines that address the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as cardiovascular rehabilitation and exercise physiology.

It serves the interests of complementary working groups in the European Society of Cardiology and other European professional societies, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes, internal medicine, behavioural medicine and general practice. It provides an avenue for reports of the European Heart Network, national heart foundations, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and the European Union.

This journal is fully peer reviewed and is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

European Society of Cardiology Journal Family

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology is a fully refereed journal embracing all the scientific, clinical and public health disciplines that address the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as cardiovascular rehabilitation and exercise physiology.

It serves the interests of complementary working groups in the European Society of Cardiology and other European professional societies, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes, internal medicine, behavioural medicine and general practice. It provides an avenue for reports of the European Heart Network, national heart foundations, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and the European Union.

Authors submitting to the journal will be asked to select the category from the following list which best describes the focus of their paper. The paper, if accepted, will be identified by that category name in the contents list of the issue it is published in:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • CVD Risk Factors
  • Diabetes
  • Drug Treatment
  • Lipids
  • Nutrition
  • Peripheral Heart Disease
  • Prevention
  • Smoking
  • Sports
  • Stroke

Note that the Editors are keen to receive submissions from all of the above areas of research.

Senior Consulting Editors
Diederick E. Grobbee University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Hugo Saner University Hospital Inselspital, Switzerland
David A. Wood Imperial College, UK
Deputy Editors
Aderville Cabassi University of Parma, Italy
Giorgio Chiaranda Azienda Unita Sanitaria Locale di Piacenza, Italy
Ugo Corra ICS Maugeri, Veruno, Italy
Michele Emdin Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Federico Guerra Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
Jakub Regieli Isala Heartcenter, Zwolle, Netherlands
Giovanni Villani Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Italy
Social Media Editors
Silvia Castelletti IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
Paolo Emilio Adami Università degli studi di Roma/Istituto di Medicina e Scienza dello Sport, Italy
Editorial Assistant
Board of Editors
Volker Adams University Leipzig - Heart Center Leipzig, Germany
Piergiuseppe Agostoni Centro Cardiologico Monzino, Via Parea, Milan, Italy
Christian Albus University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens Deutsche Sport-Hochschule, Germany
Hans Bjørnstad Aleris Medical Centre, Bergen, Norway
Michiel Bots University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Leonardo Calo Department of Cardiology, Policlinico Casilino, Italy
Alberico L. Catapano University of Milan, Italy
Claudio Ceconi Ospedale di Desenzano del Garda (BS), Italy
Sebastien Czernichow Georges-Pompidou European Hospital, Paris, France
Dirk de Bacquer University Hospital Ghent, Belgium
Christi Deaton University of Cambridge, UK
Oscar H. Franco Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Stephan Gielen Lippe-Detmold Klinikum, Germany
Francesco Grigioni Policlinico S Orsola, Bologna, Italy
Marco Guazzi San Donato University Hospital, Milan, Italy
Francisco Lopez Jimenez Mayo Clinic, USA
Paul Leeson John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford , UK
Maja-Lisa Lochen UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Pedro Marques-Vidal Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
Stephen Nicholls Cleveland Clinic, USA
Francesco Nicolini University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Antonio Pelliccia Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano, Roma, Italy
Ileana Pina Montefiore Medical Center, NY, USA
Raul D. Santos Institute do Coracao HC FMUSP, Brazil
Jean Paul Schmid Clinic Barmelweid, Barmelweid, Switzerland
Aletta E Schutte South African Medical Research Council / North-West University, South Africa
Erik Solberg Diakonhjemmet hospital, Norway
Heinz Völler University Potsdam, Germany
Christiaan Vrints Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium
Matthias Wilhelm Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Current Contents / Clinical Medicine
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • ISI Alerting Services
  • MEDLINE
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • 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/ejpc 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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    European Journal of Preventive Cardiology publishes papers on all aspects of clinical and public health disciplines that address the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as cardiovascular rehabilitation and exercise physiology.

    The following are the various article types which the journal publishes. Authors must adhere to the page/word counts given here.  The word counts cover all sections of a manuscript, including title, author names/affiliation, abstract, keywords, figure/table legends and references:

    Type of paper

    Maximum number of pages

    Maximum number of words

    Full original research paper

    6 journal pages

    5,000 words
    (with each table or figure reducing that word count by 250)

    Review paper

    10 journal pages

    8,700 words
    (with each table or figure reducing that word count by 250)

    Short report

    2 journal pages

    1,300 words
    (with each table or figure reducing that word count by 250)

    Commentary

    2 journal pages

    1,300 words
    (with each table or figure reducing that word count by 250)

    Editorial

    2 journal pages

    1,300 words
    (with each table or figure reducing that word count by 250)

    Letter to the Editor

    1 journal page

    700 words
    (with each table or figure reducing that word count by 250)

    1.2.2 Special issues and sponsored supplements

    If you have an idea for a special issue, or are interested in publishing a sponsored supplement, please contact the editorial office directly to discuss: ejpceditorialoffice@sagepub.com.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. All original papers must be arranged in sections under the headings and in the order indicated below (begin each on a separate page):

    Title page

    • The title page should carry the full title of the paper, consisting of no more than 20 words (only common abbreviations should be used if absolutely necessary); titles should be clear and brief, conveying the message of the paper.
    • All authors’ names: the full first name, middle name/initial (optional) and last name of each author should appear; if the work is to be attributed to a department or institution, its full name and location should be included. Persons listed as authors should be those who substantially contributed to the study's conception, design, and performance as per the guidance in section above.
    • The affiliations of all the authors; when authors are affiliated to more than one institution, their names should be connected using a,b,c. These letters should follow the surname but precede the address; they should be used only for the second and subsequent addresses.
    • Information about previous presentations of the whole or part of the work presented in the article.
    • The sources of any support, for all authors, for the work in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or any combination of these.
    • Disclaimers, if any.
    • The name and address of the author responsible for correspondence concerning the manuscript, and the name and address of the author to whom requests for reprints should be made. If reprints are not to be made available, a statement to this effect should be included.
    • The peer review process as well as publication will be delayed if you do not provide up to date e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers.
    • Word count: please list full word count (including references).

    Structured abstract

    The second page should carry an abstract not exceeding 250 words and should include sections on Background, Design, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Please list the abstract word count at the end of the abstract. Abstracts are required for Original Scientific papers and Clinical Practice/Education papers only (they are not required for Reviews, Letters, Editorials and Commentaries).

    Keywords

    The abstract should be followed by a list of 3-10 keywords which will assist the cross-indexing of the article and will be published. The terms used should be from the Medical Subject Headings list of the Index Medicus.

    Main text

    Full papers of an experimental or observational nature should be divided into sections headed Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion.

    Use of abbreviations should be kept to an absolute minimum; abbreviations and abbreviated phrases should be written out at first mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Avoid those not accepted by international bodies. Systéme International (SI) units should be used where appropriate.

    Units: The Systéme International (SI)

    The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology employs SI Units (see Quantities, Units, and Symbols, 2nd edn. London: The Royal Society of Medicine; 1975). All submitted papers should use this system, which should only be departed from where long-established clinical usage demands it (e.g. the measurement of blood pressure in mmHg). Where helpful, other units of measurement may be included in parentheses. Whenever possible, renin should be expressed in terms of the International Standard Renin Unit [Bangham et al.: Clin Sci 1975, 48(suppl):135s-159s]. Derived SI units may also be used, and for basic and derived units prefixes to denote multiples and submultiples may be used.

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice 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. Reports for provisionally accepted papers will include a review by a statistician which authors will be required to follow when revising their manuscript. The final decision on the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript will be made by the Editors.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of two 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 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:

    (i)    Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii)    Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii)    Approved the version to be published,
    (iv)    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.

    2.2.1 Authorship responsibility form

    It is necessary to complete an Author Responsibility Form as part of the submission process to stipulate the roles and responsibilities of each individual author who contributes to the manuscript. This information is required for submission – your manuscript will be returned if this is not completed.

    Authors are also required to declare their contribution to the manuscript under a separate heading within the manuscript, as per categories specified in the Authorship Responsibility Form. This should appear after any other declarations and before your references. Please state author names as initials. For example:

    Author contributions
    AB and CD contributed to the conception or design of the work. EF contributed to the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work. AB and CD drafted the manuscript. EF critically revised the manuscript. All gave final approval and agree to be accountable for all aspects of work ensuring integrity and accuracy.

    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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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.

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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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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

    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.

    4.2.1 Illustrations

    Size and presentation

    When preparing illustrations, it should be kept in mind that they will be printed in the Journal either at column width (about 84mm wide) or at page width (about 170 mm wide). Figures should be professionally drawn and photographed; freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. Photomicrographs must have internal scale markers. If photographs of people are used, their identities must be obscured or the picture must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. Photographs may be cropped or deleted at the discretion of the Editor.

    Legends for illustrations

    All illustrations must have legends. These should be typed using double spacing, beginning on a separate page, each with an Arabic numeral corresponding to the illustration to which it refers. All abbreviations used in the illustration must be defined in the legend. Internal scales should be explained, and staining methods for photomicrographs identified.

    Figures sent by hardcopy

    All illustrations should have a label pasted on the back bearing the figure number, the title of the paper, the author's name and an arrow indicating the top of the figure. Avoid writing directly on the back of prints. Do not mount illustrations.

    4.2.2 Photographs

    Supply halftone illustrations (photographs) as sharp, glossy, black-and-white prints, preferably to a width of 84mm or, when the illustration demands it, to a width of 170mm.

    4.2.3 Line drawings

    Artwork should be submitted either as glossy prints or as high-quality laser prints; dot-matrix printers do not produce artwork suitable for publication.

    4.2.4 Tables

    Each table should be typed on a separate sheet in double spacing. Tables should not be submitted as photographs. Each table MUST have a title and should be assigned an arabic numeral, e.g. (Table 3). Vertical rules should not be used. Tables should not duplicate the content of the text. Each table should consist of at least two columns.

    Table headings

    If applicable, table headings should indicate whether the figures used represent percentages, by (%) after the figure, or units. Columns should always have headings.

    Table footnotes

    Information should be listed in the following order:

    • Abbreviations and symbols should be defined in the order in which they appear in the table (reading across each line rather than down columns); spell out ALL abbreviations and symbols used in the table, even if they have already been listed in previous tables or the text itself when giving a key, use a comma rather than =, e.g. H, hypertensive NOT H=hypertensive.
    • Any additional comments should follow the explanation of abbreviations and symbols.
    • Keys to the P values should be listed in the following order (note the use of asterisks for probability): *P<0.05, **P<0.01, ***P<0.001; asterisks are the only symbols that should be used with P values; DO NOT use @ or #.

    Checklist for data in tables

    • the data are consistent with those cited in the relevant parts in the text,
    • totals add up correctly,
    • percentages have been calculated correctly.

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology 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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology is hosted on Editorial Manager, a web based online submission and peer review system. Visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/ejpc to login and submit your article online.

    In the instance that you cannot submit online, please contact the journal’s Editorial Office at EJPCEditorialoffice@sagepub.com.

    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 Journal of Preventive Cardiology editorial office as follows:

    Rosemary Allpress, Editorial Assistant: EJPCEditorialoffice@sagepub.com

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