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About Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), the official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, is an open access, online journal that publishes articles on all aspects of basic and clinical research on the design, development, manufacture, and evaluation of magnetic resonance methods applied to the cardiovascular system.

The only journal devoted exclusively to cardiovascular magnetic resonance, JCMR aims to provide an international forum for communicating the latest findings and state-of-the-art reviews on the burgeoning field of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, filling a critical gap in the science and practice of cardiology and related disciplines.

Topical areas include, but are not limited to:

  • New applications of magnetic resonance to the improve the diagnostic strategies, risk stratification, and characterization of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system.
  • New methods to enhance acquisition and data analysis.
  • Results of multicenter, or larger individual center, studies that provide insight into the utility of MR.
  • Basic biological perceptions derived by MR methods.

Reporting new information and expertly reviewing all aspects of the field for the entire cardiovascular magnetic resonance community, JCMR serves as essential reading for:

  • Clinicians, including adult and pediatric cardiologists, radiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, internists, primary care physicians, and family practitioners.
  • Technologists, including all professionals involved in the hands-on performance of MR tests.
  • Scientists, including vascular biologists, cardiac biochemists, NMR spectroscopists, imaging physicists, and biomedical engineers.
  • Product Manufacturers, including pharmaceutical firms, imaging system designers and manufacturers, NMR spectroscopy system manufacturers, and contrast agents companies.

Articles published prior to the move to BioMed Central in 2008 are available to members of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance here.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1990/€1480 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance include:

  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • Embase
  • EmCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 5.11.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance considers the following types of articles:

Research: reports of data from original research.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.

Technical notes: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.

Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.

Peer review policy

Appropriate manuscripts are sent to 2 reviewers with recognized expertise in the field. The peer review system is closed, meaning that reviewer confidentiality is maintained and reports are not made publicly available. An editorial decision is taken with at least two reports and every effort will be made to reach an initial decision within 6 weeks of submission.

Edited by Dudley Pennell, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Cardiovascular MR should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

Articles in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance?

High visibility

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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