Links and Forms
Basic Science Checklist
Acknowledgement Permission Form
Change of Authorship Form
External Resource Links
AHA Journals Subject Terms
- A list of subject terms for AHA Journals can be found here.
- Authors should include 3 to 7 key words on the manuscript title page for use as indexing terms. Consider using terms found in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database.
AMA Manual of Style
- Please consult the AMA Manual of Style 10th Edition for style information.
- Guidelines for reference formatting can be found here.
Basic Science Checklist
- To improve the quality of preclinical studies, a simple checklist requesting reporting of randomization procedures, blinding, a priori definition of inclusion and exclusion, and so on was implemented in 2011. A more explanatory table is provided to aid interpretation, application, and reporting of necessary criteria.
- For more information, please see the editorial "Reporting Standards for Preclinical Studies of Stroke Therapy".
- Confidence intervals should be reported instead of P values for estimated parameters, such as odds ratios and relative risks; P values should be reported only for relevant analytic tests. Authors are encouraged to avoid the pitfalls associated with the misuse of P values as measures of significance. For more information, please refer to "The ASA's Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose." The American Statistician. 2016.70;2: 129-133.
Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines
- Please ensure that your manuscript adheres to the AHA Journals' implementation of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines.
Open Access Guidelines
- Open Access licensing is available only for full-length, Original Articles. For more information, please visit the AHA / ASA Journals Open Access Information page.
- Information about properly crediting Creative Commons sources can be found here.
- Please review our complete, revised embargo policy here.
Conflict of Interest Policy for Editors
- Original manuscripts authored or coauthored by the Editor-in-Chief and/or any of the Associate Editors are handled by a Guest Editor. Additionally, the Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors may, from time to time, refer a manuscript to a Guest Editor to avoid a real or reasonably perceived conflict of interest. Please see the AHA Scientific Publishing Policy (PDF) for more information.
Ethical Conduct Policy
- The AHA Scientific Publishing Ethical Conduct Policy (PDF) contains the full ethical conduct policy.
Artwork and Table Guidelines
- Figures should be submitted as high-resolution TIFF or EPS files. PowerPoint files are discouraged because elements within the figure (such as axis labels) may shift location or drop out during conversion. Furter, do not create figures in Powerpoint because even if you convert to a different file type, the resolution will be too low for publication. JPEG, Word, PPT, and Excel files should not be used. Please see the Artwork and Table Guidelines (PDF) for instructions for creating high-quality digital art.
Guidelines for Meta-analyses
- Details on PRISMA, including the PRISMA checklist, can be found here.
- Details on MOOSE can be found via the EQUATOR Network.
- For more information, please see, “Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology: A Proposal for Reporting,” JAMA. 2000;283:2008-2012.
Guidelines for Clinical Trials
- In accordance with the Clinical Trial Registration Statement from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, all clinical trials in Stroke must be registered in a public trials registry at or before the onset of participant enrollment. This requirement applies to all clinical trials that begin enrollment after July 1, 2005 and applies to all clinical trials, including Phase 1 studies. Any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related intervention(s) to evaluate the effects on health outcomes is considered a clinical trial.
- The Proposed Rule for U.S. Clinical Trial Registration and Results Submission published in The New England Journal of Medicine, can be consulted for guidance and additional information.
- Other registries are acceptable if they meet these requirements. In addition to https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/, the following registries are recommended by the ICMJE:
- Clinical trial reports should also comply with the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and include a flow diagram presenting the enrollment, intervention allocation, follow-up, and data analysis with number of subjects for each. Please also refer specifically to the CONSORT Checklist of items to include when reporting a randomized clinical trial.
Guidelines for Human Phenotype–Genotype Association or Linkage Studies
- To report issues, please refer to existing public domain websites for the Human Gene Ontology name and the rs number for SNPs.
Guidelines for Genomic and Proteomic Studies
- Preparation of Data Submitted: Data should follow the MIAME checklist.
- Authors of papers that include genomic, proteomic, or other high-throughput data are required to make their data easily accessible for the reviewers and the editors during the review process. You may submit your data to the NCBI gene expression and hybridization array data repository (GEO) and provide the GEO accession number. The submission FAQ is available here.
Guidelines for Proteins and Nucleic Acid Sequences
- Newly reported nucleotide or protein sequences must be deposited in GenBank or EMBL databases, and an accession number must be obtained. Access to the information in the database must be available at the time of publication. Authors are responsible for arranging release of data at the time of publication. The authors must also provide a statement in the manuscript that this sequence has been scanned against the database and all sequences with significant relatedness to the new sequence identified (and their accession numbers included in the text of the manuscript).
Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
- Submissions should follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
- Prevention of bias is important for experimental stroke research. Please see Macleod et al, Stroke.2009;40:e50-e52 for more information.