Editorial Policy and Processes

Aims and Scope

Radcliffe Cardiology’s journals aim to support the continuous medical education of both specialist and general cardiologists. We publish balanced and comprehensive articles written by leading authorities, addressing the most pertinent developments in their field.

Radcliffe Cardiology journals endeavour to comply with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/

Journal-specific editorial information and author guidance is available from the individual journals’ pages:

Structure and Format

  • The structure and degree of coverage assigned to each category of the journal is the decision of the editor-in-chief, with the support of the editorial board.
  • Articles are fully referenced, providing a comprehensive review of existing knowledge and opinion.
  • Each issue is available in full online.

Editorial Expertise

The journals are supported by various levels of expertise:

  • Overall direction from an editor-in-chief, supported by an editorial board comprising leading authorities from a variety of related disciplines.
  • Invited contributors who are recognised authorities in their respective fields.
  • Blinded peer review – conducted by independent experts appointed for their experience and knowledge of a specific topic.
  • An experienced team of editors and technical editors.

Peer Review

  • Following submission, articles are assessed by the editor-in-chief or editor to determine their suitability for inclusion in the journal.
  • The journal’s editor sends the manuscript for peer review to individuals who are selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge in the relevant area. All peer review is blinded.
  • Following review, manuscripts are either accepted without modification, accepted pending modification, in which case the manuscripts are returned to the author(s) to incorporate required changes, or rejected outright. The editor-in-chief reserves the right to accept or reject any proposed amendments.
  • Once the authors have amended a manuscript in accordance with the reviewers’ comments, the manuscript is returned to the reviewers to ensure the revised version meets their quality expectations.
  • Once approved, the manuscript is sent to the editor-in-chief for final approval prior to publication.

Submissions and Instructions to Authors

Contributors are identified by the editor-in-chief with the support of the editor and guidance from the editorial board.

Following acceptance of an invitation, the author(s) and journal editor, in conjunction with the editor-in-chief, formalise the working title and scope of the article. The editor provides an ‘Author Guidelines’ document and additional submission details.

Author Disclosures
The author(s) must disclose any conflicts of interest pertaining to the article. For more information and to download a Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest, which should be submitted with your manuscript, please visit: www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/

The author(s) should acknowledge substantive contributions to the article, including receipt of financial assistance, materials and other resources.

Informed Consent
Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained if experimentation with human subjects was conducted. The right to privacy of human subjects must always be observed. For more information please read: http://www.radcliffecardiology.com/privacy-statement

RC journals are keen to hear from leading authorities wishing to discuss potential submissions, and will give due consideration to any proposals. Please contact the individual journal’s editor for details:

All articles published in RC journals are available as reprints (minimum order 1,000 copies). Please contact Liam O’Neill at liam.oneill@radcliffecardiology.com

Distribution and Readership
RC journals are distributed through controlled circulation to general and specialist senior cardiovascular professionals in Europe. All manuscripts published in the journals are free-to-access online at www.radcliffecardiology.com

Abstracting and Indexing
RC journals are abstracted, indexed and listed in Embase, Scopus, Google Scholar and Summon by Serial Solutions.

Copyright and Permission
Radcliffe Cardiology is the sole owner of all articles and other materials that appear in its journals and on www.radcliffecardiology.com unless otherwise stated. Permission to reproduce an article, either in full or in part, should be sought from the journal’s editor.