Guidelines for Authors

Editorial Office

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Mohammad Shenasa
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Arrhythmia Grand Rounds

General Information

The editors of Arrhythmia Grand Rounds encourage submissions in the form of case reports on topics pertaining to electrophysiology. We aim to deliver important, unique, clinically-relevant, submissions that may be controversial and innovative and are likely to spur discussion. All submissions will occur via the submission website (address). All data and questions on the site must be answered in order for the submission to be complete.

Editorial Policies

Review: At least two reviewers will be assigned to each submission. All reviews will occur in a double-blind fashion. Reviewers will be encouraged to make their reviews available to the readership, either anonymously or not, to add to the “grand rounds” concept of the journal. We aim to provide feedback to the authors within four weeks of original receipt of the manuscript.

Criteria: Submissions will be judged on scientific merit, quality of expression, relevance and interest to the readership, novelty, clarity of illustrations, and originality.

Authorship and Scientific Responsibility: Authors must be limited to those who have contributed in a substantive way to the research and the manuscript. All authors accept responsibility for the content. After submission of the manuscript, authors can be added or deleted only upon written permission of all initially listed authors. Authors will be encouraged to respond to reviewer and reader questions.

Conflict of Interest: All authors must submit a Conflict of Interest Disclosure form, available on the electronic submission site, or at http://www.scienceinternational.org.

Informed Consent: We adhere to the principles set forth in the Helsinki Declaration (http://www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm) and hold that all reported research conducted with human participants should be conducted in accordance with such principles. Humane Animal Care: All papers reporting experiments using animals must include a statement in the Methods section giving assurance that all animals have received humane care in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html).

Humane Animal Care: All papers reporting experiments using animals must include a statement in the Methods section giving assurance that all animals have received humane care in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html).

Copyright Statement: Authors must complete the Copyright form available on the site for electronic submission or at http://www.scienceinternational.org.

Specific Guidelines

Original Case Reports: We encourage submission of Original Case Reports regarding clinical electrophysiology. The entire manuscript, including References, and Figure Legends should not exceed 1500 words. The abstract is limited to 150 words. Except for Review articles, references should not exceed 10. Figures should not exceed 5 except in special circumstances, previously approved by the Editors.

  • A "Three Questions" section will follow each submission, in which the Editors ask the authors key questions, for which brief, concise answers are expected. This feature is designed to anticipate questions that each reader may have on his mind after digesting a particular article. These questions will be sent to you in written form along with the letter of acceptance to the journal. What can be concluded from this? What is new? How does this impact clinical practice?
  • A Commentary based upon the blinded review (by one of the editorial board members and/or peer reviewers) will follow each case report, to provide a concise summary of key findings, express concerns or limitations of the submission, and to provide overall perspective.

Case Reports: Reports of interesting cases are encouraged. Manuscripts may be up to 1500 words, with up to three figures and 8 references.

Promising Concepts: We encourage the submission of manuscripts reporting novel approaches to clinical or surgical problems in the early stages of development, often before large series are accomplished. Guidelines for such submissions follow the format for Original Research Articles.

Images in Electrophysiology: We encourage submission of interesting or unusual images by any modality (3 dimensional mapping, intracardiac electrograms, chest x-ray, echocardiogram, CT scan, MRI scan, PET scan, photograph, or other). Accompanying text should be limited to 500 words with no more than 5 references.

New Technology: We encourage announcement of new technical products available or soon to be released that are relevant to the practice of electrophysiology. Submissions must emphasize scientific and clinical merit without commercial bias, obligated by the editorial board.

Roundtable Discussions: We will regularly convene experts in a particular discipline, often from different points of view (eg. surgical and endovascular) to opine in live discussions on clinical or scientific issues. These discussions will then be transcribed into text for the readership. These segments will often be organized by the Editors, but spontaneous submissions and suggestions are welcome.

Debates: We encourage opposing viewpoints in a debate format on specific topics including case reports. We would expect each side of a debate to use no more than 1500 words.

Poll the Editors: It is often instructive to know how a panel of experts approaches a controversial or evolving clinical topic. We encourage readers to submit questions of such a nature to be submitted to a poll of our editorial board. We will publish the results, along with brief, pithy, especially pertinent comments from individual editors that may emerge during the polling.

Discussion Groups: We encourage discussion in the form of blogs for each submitted case report. Blog sites will be monitor for offensive language or derogatory statements and submissions will not be included at the discretion of the editors.

On-line interaction and social networking

Other regular features will be populated by the editorial board, but we welcome submissions, announcements, or suggestions from the readership. These include:

  • Book reviews
  • Upcoming meetings
  • On-going clinical trials

On-line interaction and social networking

The journal includes the capacity for instant “social networking”, whereby a reader can communicate a message immediately to the author of an article, to a member of the editorial board, or to the manufacturer of a mentioned product by automatic link. This feature adds to the appeal of the journal by permitting readers to gain access to additional information, clarifications, or advice on specific patients—as well as affording the opportunity to communicate differences of opinion or objections to information or points of view. This should all make for a lively, interactive, modern journal environment that makes full use of the networking abilities of the modern era.

Arrhythmia Grand Rounds is intended to be a living, interactive entity. We encourage and support on-line interaction. Submissions will be chosen selectively for the editorial board to reply and comment, depending on general interest and clinical importance to the readership.

Manuscript Preparation

Title Page: This should include a clear, concise, interesting title, authors and affiliations, corresponding author and contact information, three key words, and word count (all inclusive).

Abstract: This should follow the following format - Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Manuscript: Must include Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Tables and Figures, Images and Movies will be downloaded separately.

References:

References must conform to that set forth in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (www.icmje.org/index.html) and journal abbreviations should conform to the style used in the Cumulated Index Medicus. The style of citation is as follows:

  • Journals: authors' last names and initials; title of article; journal name; date; volume number, and inclusive pages (list all authors when six or fewer; when seven or more, list six and add et al):

Johnson HG, Fanning PS, McIntyre JG. Adverse predictors in aortic disease. J Cardiovasc Inter. 2009;112:667-72.

  • Books: authors' last names and initials; chapter title, editor's name, book title, edition, city, publisher, date, and pages:

Lutz, H. H. Pylori footprints in the aortic wall. In: Harris EH and Bondy G. Primer on Aortic Diseases, 4th Edition. New York: Academic Press; 2007, p. 98.-104.

Tables: Define all abbreviations. Place a brief legend under each table. Do not duplicate information already in the text.

Figures, Images, Video Clips, and Animations

Video clips should be in one of the following formats: AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV or animated GIF. If possible, we recommend encoding videos in H.264/MPEG-4. Authors should opt for the minimum frame size and number of images that are consistent with a reasonably effective on-screen presentation. Video clips with sound are acceptable. Authors should submit online videos or movies as separate supplemental data files, with accompanying captions, and should not integrate them into a custom-written Web page or presentation. Authors should make every effort to keep file sizes reasonable (~10MB or less) and should carefully consider whether the material is genuinely essential to the paper in question. Authors must also provide a still image from each video file in TIFF, EPS or JPG format.