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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

I. Original Manuscript

Original Manuscript Submission Requirements

Manuscript Formatting
- 3,500 word limit (excluding abstract and references)
- Microsoft word file
- Times New Roman 12pt font, double spacing
- Continuous line numbering and page numbers

Title Page
- Title
- Authors (7 max); include academic degrees, affiliation, institution, department/division for each author
- Conflict of tinerest statement
- Source of funding
- Other information if applicable (e.g. Clinical trial registry number; date, number and details of approvals)
- Article word count

Glossary of Abbreviations

Central Message
- 200 characters limit

Structured Abstract
- 250 words limit
- Objective(s): describe the hypothesis or the purpose of the study
- Methods: specify the study design and statistical methods
- Results: present the outcomes and any statistical finding
- Conclusions: convey the relevance and importance of the results

Graphical Abstract (optional)
- Single, pictorial, visual summary of paper
- Include legend (up to 90 characters)

Main Text

References
- 35 references limit

Figures, Tables and Legends
- All figures must be embbeded on the main word document
- Up to 7 figures/tables
- Provide legend for each figure/table

Videos
- Please communicate with the editor if you wish to submit a video

Supplementary Materials

Declaration of Author Contribution
- You must declare that all authors have agreed to the submission of the page

II. Brief Reviews

Brief reviews are meant to be short, concise reviews of an important subject for the diagnosis or treatment of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases. Brief systematic reviews and meta-analyses are strongly encouraged, but must contain appropriate statistical methodology. On the title page, the authors should provide the credentials of the expert(s) among the authors who have contributed to the work in the field of their review. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses must conform to the PRISMA guidelines.

Expert Review Submission Requirements

Manuscript Formatting
- 2,500 word limit exclusing references
- Microsoft word file
- Times New Roman 12pt font, double spacing
- Continuous line numbering and page numbers

Title Page
- Title
- Authors (7 max); include academic degrees, affiliation, institution, department/division for each author
- Conflict of tinerest statement
- Source of funding
- Other information if applicable (e.g. Clinical trial registry number; date, number and details of approvals)
- Article word count

Glossary of Abbreviations
- Not required

Central Picture
- Submit up to ONE central picture in color
- Legend word count is limited to 90 characters

Central Message

- 200 characters limit

Strutured Abstract OR Perspective Statement
- 200 words limit
- Objective(s): describe the hypothesis or the purpose of the study
- Methods: specify the study design and statistical methods
- Results: present the outcomes and any statistical finding
- Conclusions: convey the relevance and importance of the results

Graphical Abstract (optional)

- Single, pictorial, visual summary of paper
- Include legend (up to 90 characters)

Main Text

References

- 25 references limit

Figures, Tables and Legends

- All figures must be embbeded on the main word document
- Up to 4 figures/tables
- Provide legend for each figure/table

Videos

- Videos are requested and must be submitted with legend on main word document

Supplementary Materials

Declaration of Author Contribution

- You must declare that all authors have agreed to the submission of the pape

III. Surgical Technique, Brief Research Report, and Case Report

 The Journal publishes brief clinical contributions containing substantive new information concerning innovative surgical techniques, preliminary research findings, and clinical studies or pertinent observations. These submissions are accepted based on their educational value, enlightening discussion, and their scholarly use of the literature. Case Reports will appear in the Table of Contents (both in print and online) and will be fully citable and indexed, but the manuscript content will appear online only.

Surgical Techniques, Brief Research Reports, & Case Reports Submission Requirements

Manuscript Formatting
- 750 Word Limit (excluding references)
- Microsoft Word File
- Times new roman, 12 pt font, double spaced
- Continuous line numbering and page numbers

Title Page
- Title
- 4 Author limit unless justification is presented; include academic degrees and affiliations including institutions, departments, and divisions, for each other 
- Conflict of interest statement and source of funding
- Corresponding author's complete contact information
- Article word count

Central Picture
- You may submit up to ONE central picture in color
- Legend word count is limited to 90 characters

Central Message
- 200 character limit

Perspective Statement

Main Text

References
- 5 reference limit

Figures and Tables
- All figures must be embbeded on the main word document
- Up to 2 figures/tables
- Provide legend for each figure/table

Supplementary Materials
- Provide any supplementary materials at further communication with the editor

IV. Letter to the Editor and Replies

Readers are encouraged to submit letters regarding articles published in the Journal. Letters should be of broad interest to readers and not designed to "split hairs." Conflicting opinions on broad issues are particularly welcome when documentation is possible. Letters will be published together with a response from the original author. If the original author declines or does not respond in a reasonable period of time, a notation indicating "Response declined" will be published. Titles are required for all manuscripts, including Letters and Replies to Letters to the Editor. Titles should be unique and different from the paper referenced. Replies should have substantively different titles than the Letter to the Editor.

Letter to the Editor and Reply Submission Requirements

Manuscript Formatting

· 500 word limit (excludes references)

· Microsoft Word file

· Times New Roman 12pt font; double spaced

· Continuous line numbering and page numbers

Title Page

· Original Title

· 3 author limit unless a justification is presented; please include the academic degrees and affiliations, including institution, department and division, for each author

· Conflict of interest statement

· Corresponding author’s complete contact information

· Article word count

Glossary of Abbreviations

· Not required

Central Picture

· Please submit only one Central Picture in color, embedded in word file

· 90 word limit for legend

· Author photo(s) acceptable as Central Picture; provide author name as Central Picture Legend

Central Message

· Not required

Perspective Statement

· Not required

Structured Abstract

· Not required

References

· 5 reference limit

Figures and Tables

· 1 figure and/or table limit

·  All figures must be embedded in main word file

· Provide figure legends in the Manuscript Word file

Videos

· Not required

Supplementary Material

· Any supplementary material may be included in word file

   
   

 

Journal Editorial Policies

 

Electronic Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted online via an OJS platform on the journal site. 

Submission Guidelines:

- Submission to the Journal constitutes an author declaration that the manuscript is not under consideration by another journal and has not been published elsewhere.
- It is the corresponding author's responsibility to ensure that each submitted version of the manuscript is the correct version and has been approved by all authors.
- Insert a page break between the title page, Central Message, Perspective Statement, abstract, and the first page of manuscript text.
- To allow all manuscripts to be judged fairly, manuscripts exceeding length limitations will be returned for shortening prior to initial review.
- Begin text, acknowledgments, references, and figure legends, respectively, on separate pages.Begin each table on a separate page.
- Tables will only be accepted in a Word document format.
- Add page numbers and continuous line numbers.
- Write text in clear and concise language, using accepted standards of English language style and usage.
- Define unfamiliar or new terms when first used and avoid use of jargon, clichés, and laboratory slang.
- Minimize the number of abbreviations and only include a few for each paper.
- Reduce to a minimum the number of abbreviations employed.

 

Manuscript Formatting

Manuscript File Type

Submit manuscripts of the proper length as Microsoft Word files using continuous line numbering and page numbers.  Continuous line numbering can be added under page layout in Microsoft Word under line numbers; please select “continuous.”  Format all text elements as double spaced and in Times New Roman 12pt font for easier reading.

Units of Measurement

Report measurements of length, height, weight, and volume in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Give temperatures in degrees Celsius and blood pressures in millimeters of mercury. All hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI). The authors should also add alternate or non-SI units before publication.[5]

Title Page

Article Title

Provide a concise, informative title, with no unnecessary words. Original titles are required for all manuscripts, including Editorial Commentaries, Letters to the Editor, and Replies to Letters to the Editor. Please ensure titles are short and provide only the essential information.

Author Information

The following information must be provided for each author on the title page of your manuscript: author full name followed by their academic degrees and affiliations, including their Institution, Department, and Division.  Following each author’s full name add a superscript number which corresponds to their appropriate affiliation. Please see Scientific Responsibility for additional information.

Conflict of Interest Statement and Sources of Funding

All possible conflicts of interest and sources of funding for the work and for each author must be listed on the title page, including a statement that there is no conflict and/or no funding if that is the case.  Please see Journal Editorial Policies for additional information. Include the Clinical Trial Registry Number if applicable (please see Registration of Clinical Trials for additional information).

Corresponding Author Contact Information

Provide the complete name, address, telephone number, and E-mail address of the corresponding author on the title page of your manuscript file.

Article Word Count

Include the article word count (exclusive of abstract and references) on the title page. Please see the Article Types for specific word count limits.

Manuscript Components

Glossary of Abbreviations

A glossary of abbreviations may be required to be submitted with all original manuscripts.  The glossary can be placed after the title page; the glossary will appear on the second page of all accepted manuscripts. Please keep the number of abbreviations to a minimum by using the full name for most terms.

Units of measurements are the primary subject of abbreviations. Abbreviations used should be defined at first mention. Internationally accepted abbreviations such as AIDS, DNA, SD, and TLC need not be defined. 

Graphical Abstract

We encourage authors to create and submit a graphical abstract for your manuscript.  Graphical abstracts are a single, pictorial and visual summary of the paper which will assist readers to quickly identify the main points. It consists of a graphical depiction of the methods, results and implications which should be arranged from left to right or from top to bottom. Some information on all three areas should be included (eg. methods – the number of patients and measurements; results obtained; implications – influence of the results on science or patient care).

The graphical abstract will greatly enhance our email and social media communications about your paper, and help the journal progress as a modern, next-generation electronic journal. 

The graphical abstract should be an additional figure in the paper with a full legend which is called out in the discussion or conclusion. A few sentences should be added to the text and the legend which explains what is found in the graphical abstract. Any abbreviations in the figure should be defined in the legend.

In addition, this figure should also be submitted as the Central Picture which will appear as a thumbnail on the first page of the paper, in the table of contents and in our promotional material for your paper.

Central Picture

Authors should submit only one Central Picture in color, which can be a new, separate illustration or a repeat of a figure (or portion of a figure) from the body of the manuscript.  The Central Picture should summarize an important component of the manuscript. The purpose of the illustration is to provide a snapshot of the paper with a single memorable visual image. A graphical abstract can also be employed as the central picture with an abbreviated legend.

This figure will appear on the first page of the manuscript and in both the print and electronic tables of contents. Do not use a multiple framed figure or a table; these tend to be illegible at thumbnail size.  Therefore, use only one (or at most two) panels from a multi-paneled figure.  The Central Picture and legend are required for all article types. For the best Central Picture results, please consider the following criteria:

- Color is required for all figures
- The size of the Central Picture is approximately 2” high by 1.5” wide
- Select only a single frame or panel from a multi-section figure
- Author photo(s) are not acceptable Central Pictures for original submissions for most article types, please see further guidelines for each article type
- Text pictures are discouraged and if submitted should have a minimum number of words because text is not legible at thumbnail size and must be submitted in color
- If the Central Picture is also submitted as a figure in the body of the manuscript, then it must be cited in your manuscript text and a full length figure legend should be provided with the figure and not the shortened Central Picture Legend

Central Picture Legend

The Central Picture should be accompanied by an abbreviated legend; the legend has an absolute limit of 90 characters including spaces. Provide the abbreviated legend in the submission fields and in the legend section of the manuscript file.  If a photo of the invited author(s) is used as the Central Picture, please provide their name(s) as the legend.

Central Message

The Central Message contains the essence of the manuscript; the main message of the paper.  There is an absolute limit of 200 characters including spaces.  It is not a brief summary of results. Rather, for clinical manuscripts, it is the inference(s) that will be supported by the results. It is often identical to the conclusions of the abstract. Only if one can simply and succinctly understand the findings of the study and articulate what they mean will one be able to convey them clearly to the reader. Once the essence is written, the entire manuscript — tables, figures and text — should be sharply focused on those results that are supportive of the paper’s message. Other information should be either included in appendices (electronic only) or eliminated altogether. The Central Message will be included immediately beneath the title of the paper in the table of contents and on the first page of accepted manuscripts.

Please note: This item is not required for all article types.  Please see Article Types for individual article requirements.

Perspective Statement

Each original manuscript should include a Perspective Statement indicating to the readers why they should direct their attention to the information presented.  The Perspective Statement has an absolute limit of 405 characters including spaces that presents a brief overview of the field and indicates the relevance and potential clinicial/scientific impact. 

You may direct any questions to sec@bucardiology.org.uk. 

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