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The British Journal of Cardiology is pleased to consider original papers, review articles and letters for publication. All material is assumed to be exclusively submitted to BJC unless otherwise stated in writing.
The BJC supports the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals. These can be accessed at www.icmje.org. We also draw particular attention to ICMJE recommendations relating to ethical considerations, particularly those on the protection of human subjects and animals in research, conflicts of interest and peer review.
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. For further information, please visit the ICMJE website.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare.
Original manuscripts should include:
Electronic versions of manuscripts, preferably in Microsoft Word format, with text double-spaced, should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication should contain the full postal address and e-mail address of the sender, and a clear indication as to whether the correspondence is to be considered for publication. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent by e-mail.
Three copies of manuscripts, with text double-spaced, should be submitted along with a copy of the file on e-mail or CD. Authors should supply the names of all the files supplied. Additional information should include: the class of computer (IBM compatible, Apple Macintosh) and the name of the programme used. CDs submitted will only be returned upon request.
Please do not supply PDF versions of text. The document should be created using Microsoft Word, text double-spaced with one carriage return only between paragraphs and with single spaces after punctuation marks.
Spreadsheet or database files should also be supplied in both normal and ASCII format.
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Illustrations should preferably be supplied by email or on CD as either eps, tiff
or jpeg files (minimum resolution 300 dpi) along with the original file they were created in. Alternatively, good quality transparencies, prints, or print outs should be submitted. Each illustration should be on a separate page with legend clearly indicated. Where possible, in particular in the case of graphs and charts, a copy of the source figures should be supplied on paper, email or CD.
A black and white or colour head and shoulders passport-style picture of the author (for sole-authored papers only) should also be supplied in its original form (preferably no smaller than 50 mm x 70 mm) or as an eps, tiff or jpeg file at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
Authors wishing to supply original source material, such as CAT scans or X-Rays, should contact the BJC office in advance to make arrangements to expedite their return.
Do not write directly onto the reverse of photographs. The author’s name and the figure number should be affixed by label and the top of the picture clearly indicated. The legend should be supplied separately on a sheet of paper bearing the relevant figure number, author’s name and title of the article. Avoid the use of paper clips with prints as they may scratch the emulsion surface. All submissions containing CD, artwork and illustrations should be supplied in a stiffened envelope.
Manuscripts are selected for publication according to reports from two or three independent referees. All manuscripts are acknowledged on receipt.
Page proofs of successfully selected manuscripts will be sent to authors. Corrections should be limited to typographical amendments. Authors’ approval will be assumed if corrections are not returned by the date indicated, however, a signed consent to publish form will be required. Failure to return a signed consent form to the publisher may result in delayed publication.