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Vascular Medicine

2016 Impact Factor: 1.866
2016 Ranking: 45/63 in Peripheral Vascular Disease
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
Published in Association with Society for Vascular Medicine

Editor-in-Chief
Heather L Gornik Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Mark Creager Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
Managing Editor
Valerie Clark Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA


eISSN: 14770377 | ISSN: 1358863X | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Vascular Medicine, the official Journal of Society for Vascular Medicine, is the premier and ISI ranked, peer-reviewed international journal of vascular medicine comprising original research articles, reviews and case reports on vascular biology, epidemiology, diagnosis, medical treatment and interventions for vascular disease. Vascular Medicine is dedicated to advancing the field of vascular medicine by publishing the latest clinical and scientific information in vascular medicine and related specialties and is currently inviting submissions of original research articles, reviews and case reports whose subject matter falls within the journal’s aims and scope. Topics for consideration include:

• Vascular biology and physiology

• Prevention and treatment of vascular disease

• Vascular imaging and diagnostic testing

• Medical treatments of vascular disease

• Endovascular intervention

• Vascular surgery

• Clinical thrombosis and thrombotic disorders

• Additional topics of relevance to the clinical subspecialty of vascular medicine

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Vascular Medicine is dedicated to advancing the field of vascular medicine by publishing the latest clinical and scientific information in vascular medicine and related specialties.

The content of Vascular Medicine includes original research articles, reviews, case reports, editorials, images, and vascular disease patient information pages.

Areas of interest include:

  • Vascular biology and physiology
  • Prevention and treatment of vascular disease
  • Vascular imaging and diagnostic testing
  • Medical treatments of vascular disease
  • Endovascular intervention
  • Vascular surgery
  • Clinical thrombosis and thrombotic disorders
  • Additional topics of relevance to the clinical subspecialty of vascular medicine
Associate Editors
Ehrin Armstrong University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA
Naomi Hamburg Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
Anne Hamik Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, USA
William Hiatt University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, USA
Esther S H Kim Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville TN. USA
Tara Mastracci Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Mehdi Shishehbor Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
Image Section Editor
Steven Dean The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
Vascular Disease Patient Page Editor
Natalie Evans Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
Elizabeth Ratchford John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
CME Editor
Aditya Sharma University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Social Media Editor
Geoffrey Barnes University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Statistical Consultant
Sue Duval University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Editorial Board
Maria Teresa Abola Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City, Philippines
Victor Aboyans Limoges University, Dupuytren University Hospital, Limoges, France
Walter Ageno University Hospital of Varese, Varese, Italy
Anne Albers OhioHealth Heart and Vascular Physicians, Columbus,OH, USA
Matthew Allison University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA
Brian Annex University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Herbert Aronow Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute; Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI, USA
John Bartholomew Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
Joshua Beckman Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
Jeffrey Berger New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Matthew Bunte Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA
Umberto Campia Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Teresa Carmen University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Yung-Wei Chi University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Daniel Clair Palmetto Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
Matthew Corriere University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Michael Criqui University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
Douglas Drachman Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Matthew Eagleton Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
James Froehlich University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Andrew Gardner Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA
Samuel Goldhaber Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA, USA
Marcelo Gomes Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
Bruce Gray Vascular Health Alliance, Greenville, SC, USA
Marlene Grenon University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
Hitinder Gurm University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Jonathan Halperin Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
Alan Hirsch University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Michael Jaff Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Harvard Medical School, Newton, MA, USA
Vikram Kashyap University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Scott Kinlay Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Andrew Klein Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, GA, USA
Raghu Kolluri Ohio Health Heart and Vascular Physicians, Columbus, OH, USA
Jason Kovacic Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA
Christoper Kramer University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Ann Marie Kupinski North Country Vascular Diagnostics Inc., Albany, NY, USA
Nicos Labropoulos USA
Nick Leeper Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
Alan Matsumoto University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Robert McBane Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Mary McGrae McDermott Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA
Sean McMurtry University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Emile Mohler III University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Stephan Moll University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Gregory Moneta Oregon Health and Science University; Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Portland, OR, USA
Leila Mureebe Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA
Jeffrey Olin Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
Gregory Piazza Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Aruna Pradhan Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Judith Regensteiner University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA
Kevin Rogers University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA
Thom Rooke Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Robert Schainfeld Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Akhilesh Sista New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Diane Treat-Jacobson University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Suresh Vedantham Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
Ido Weinberg Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Jeffrey Weitz McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Michael Widlansky Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
R. Eugene Zierler University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Cab Abstracts
  • Current Contents / Clinical Medicine
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • Global Health (Previously CAB Health)
  • ISI Discovery Agent
  • Index Medicus
  • Index Medicus (Ceased 2004)
  • MEDLINE
  • PASCAL database
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Vascular Medicine

    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://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vascular-medicine 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 Vascular Medicine 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
    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 Format
      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
      5.4 File Upload
      5.5 Preview the PDF
    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 Vascular Medicine, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Original Research Articles

      • Approximately 2000-4000 words
      • Up to 6 tables or figures
      • Include clinical trial registration number, if applicable
      • Address role of sponsor, if applicable

    Review Articles

      • Approximately 4000-7000 words
      • At least 1 summary table or figure
      • Additional criteria may apply for CME Review articles.

    Research Letters

      • Research letters communicate original research findings in the format of a letter. 
      • No abstract or section headings
      • 500-800 words
      • Up to 10 references
      • One table or figure

    Images in Vascular Medicine

      • No abstract or keywords
      • Up to 400 words and 3 references
      • Maximum of four images is allowed.
      • Refer to each image as a Panel A, B, C, etc.
      • For multi-panel images, use Panel A-1, A-2, etc. 
      • Captions are not allowed and should be completely incorporated into the main text.

    NOTE: Cases with corresponding clinical photographs, radiographic or ultrasound images, and/or histopathology are preferred. Image submissions are reviewed by the Editor in Chief and Image Section editor.

    Case Reports

      • Up to 1000 words
      • Up to 10 references
      • Up to 4 images

    NOTE: Only novel and previously unreported clinical findings and/or highly innovative approaches to patient management will be considered for publication as a case report. Case reports that do not meet these criteria but have high quality images should be submitted for the images in vascular medicine section.

    Vascular Disease Patient Information Page

      • 1500-2000 words
      • Up to 10 references
      • Up to 4 tables or figures

    NOTE: These submissions are generally solicited by the patient page section editors.

    Letter to the Editor

    Letters to the Editor include correspondence regarding an article published in the journal, and should be 300-500 words.

    Special Issue Submissions

    Following guidelines above for the appropriate article type, but select “special issue” when submitting your article online and mention the appropriate article type in your cover letter.

    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

    Vascular Medicine adheres to a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is routinely withheld from the author unless the reviewer requests a preference for his/her identity to be revealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 8 weeks of submission.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Vascular Medicine will be reviewed.

    The principal criteria for acceptance of material are originality and quality.

    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:

      1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
      2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
      3. Approved the version to be published,
      4. 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.

    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.

    2.3.1 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.

    2.4 Funding

    Vascular Medicine 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 Vascular Medicine 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.

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    2.7 Clinical trials

    Vascular Medicine 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

    Vascular Medicine 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

    Vascular Medicine 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 Format

    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.

    Title page: All submissions should have a title page. The title page should list all authors and their affiliations, including city, state, and country for each affiliation. Do not list degrees or credentials with author names. In addition, the corresponding author should have a complete address, phone number, and email listed on the title page.

    Abstract and Keywords: Abstract format should be a single summary paragraph with no subheadings. Please note that abstracts are not required for all article types. Authors must choose at least two terms from the core keyword list before selecting their own unique terms.

    The title, abstract, and keywords are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract, and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Main Document: In general, the manuscript should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Disclosures, References, Tables, Figure Legends, Figures, Supplemental Material. The preferred format for the main text is Word (doc or docx). The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3 cm or 0.75 in for left and right hand margins and 5 cm or 1 in at head and foot. Font size should be standard 12 point. Please do not paginate the manuscript.

    Statistics: Care should be taken that all statistical methods are appropriate, and that it is clear which methods were used for which analyses. Any statistical methods not in common use should be supported by references or described in detail. Results of statistical tests should be reported as well as the p values; where possible, confidence intervals should also be reported.

    Points to note:

      1. All tables, figures, references, and supplemental material should be called out in numerical order and appear in order. 
      2. Refer to tables and figures as Table 1, 2, 3 or Figure 1, 2, 3, or Supplemental Table 1, 2, 3, etc.
      3. Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be clearly defined when used for the first time in the abstract, main text, and each table or figure. Avoid using uncommon abbreviations. 
      4. For numbers, all numbers under 10 should be spelled out except when attached to a unit of quantity (e.g. 1 mm or 3 months), and numbers of 10 or more should be written as digits except at the beginning of a sentence.
      5. Scientific measurements should be given in SI units, but blood pressure should be expressed in mmHg, hemoglobin as g/dL, creatinine, blood glucose, and lipid parameters as mg/dL. 
      6. Generic names should be used for drugs. Authors should be aware of national differences in drug names and availability, and give alternative names or drugs in the text. 
      7. For brand name drugs, equipment, and software, include the manufacturer’s name and location. 

    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  .

    Tables: Tables should be numbered as Table 1, 2, 3, etc. The tables should immediately follow the list of References. Tables should be in an editable format (i.e., word or excel). An explanatory title and footnote (as appropriate) should be included with each table. Be sure to include the appropriate units, explain how the data are presented (i.e., “data are presented as mean ± SD or n (%)”), define all abbreviations, and explain any other markers within the footnote.

    Figures: Figures should be numbered as Figure 1, 2, 3, or 1A, 1B, etc. Figure legends should be listed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript (within the main document). Figures should appear immediately after the figure legends. Be sure to explain and define all markers, abbreviations, etc, within the figure legend. All artwork should be supplied as separate image files (i.e., jpeg, png, gif, tiff, etc) in high resolution (at least 300 dpi). Figures should be in grayscale unless color is necessary. The cost of color printing will be billed to the author.

    Photographs: Patients in photographs should not be identifiable and should have their eyes masked. Time/date stamps should also be masked. Any identifiable photograph should be accompanied by written permission from the patient, parent or guardian.

    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

    Vascular Medicine 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

    Vascular Medicine is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vascular-medicine to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    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 SAGE Track 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).

    5.2.1 Publication of author Twitter Handles

    As a way of encouraging ongoing discussion within the field, Vascular Medicine authors are offered the option of providing their Twitter handle to be published alongside their name and email address within their article. This way, Vascular Medicine readers who have questions or thoughts regarding your paper can tweet you directly. Providing a Twitter handle for publication is entirely optional, if you are not comfortable with Vascular Medicine promoting your article along with your personal Twitter handle then please do not supply it.

    Vascular Medicine’s twitter account is @VMJ_SVM.

    By providing your personal twitter handle you agree to let Vascular Medicine and SAGE Publications use it in any posts related to your journal article. You may also be contacted by other Twitter users. Vascular Medicine and SAGE Publications will have no control over you or your tweets at any time.

    If you would like guidance on how to promote your article yourself on Twitter or other Social Media channels please visit: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/files/using_social_media_to_promote.doc.

    To include your Twitter handle within your article, please provide this within the SAGE Track Submission form when prompted and on the manuscript title page.

    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.

    5.4 File Upload

    Please upload files in this order:

      1. Title Page – include list of authors
      2. Main Document
      3. Tables
      4. Figures / Images
      5. Supplemental Material
      6. Permission Files

    5.5 Preview the PDF

    Before you can submit your manuscript, you are required to view the proof of your article. If there are missing files or if the manuscript is not displaying properly, your article will be returned. Please check to ensure that:

      • All authors are listed on the title page and in the submission form.
      • The main text is a clean copy (no track changes or comments except for revisions).
      • All tables and figures are present, appear in order, and are legible. 
      • Make sure nothing is inadvertently cut off, such as table data or figure legends

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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 Vascular Medicine editorial office as follows:

    Heather L. Gornik, MD, Editor-in-Chief
    Valerie Clark, Managing Editor

    Vascular Medicine Editorial Office
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave J3-5
    Cleveland, OH 44195
    vascularmedicine@ccf.org
    @VMJ-SVM

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