Tips for Submission
- NEW March 1, 2018: The word limit for Original Articles, Topical Reviews, Progress Reviews, Comments and Opinions, and Special Reports is now 5,500 words.
- NEW January 12, 2018: Letters to the Editor are limited to Original Articles, Brief Reports, Comments and Opinions, and Topical Reviews.
- NEW September 6, 2017: TOP Guidelines: Please ensure that your manuscript adheres to the AHA Journals' implementation of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines (available online at http://www.ahajournals.org/
- April 5, 2017: For revisions of Basic Science submissions ONLY. Please provide a Visual Abstract PDF.
- The total word count of any article consists of the title page, abstract (if applicable), text, acknowledgments, sources of funding, disclosures, references, figure legends, tables and appendices intended for print publication. Word count is calculated by the editorial office using the Microsoft Word tool. If the manuscript exceeds the total word count, authors will be asked or even required to shorten the manuscript and/or use a data supplement. The combined total number of figures and tables is limited to 6 (3 for Brief Reports).
- Each figure may contain up to 4 panels (i.e., Parts A to D).
- Number every page of the manuscript, beginning with the abstract page, including tables, figure legends, and figures.
- References with more than 6 authors should list the first 6 authors followed by et al and do not list the month/issue/day (the number in parentheses) in the reference.
- Reminder: Please include a statement in the Methods indicating if ethics approval was obtained from the local institutional review board and if written informed consent was obtained from patients or if the board waived the need for patient consent.
- The corresponding author should collect Conflict of Interest information from all co-authors before submitting a manuscript. The initial submission must include a disclosure statement that lists all the conflicts. If there are no conflicts, please state “Disclosures: None.”
- All authors listed on the title page of the manuscript must also be listed in the online submission system.
- The use of the online data supplement is strongly encouraged not only for additional tables and figures but for complex methodology, large tables, and complex figures. The file must be clearly labeled as a data supplement on the title page and in references throughout the paper (Table I, Table II, etc.) and the file should be uploaded as a PDF.
- 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. Please refer to "The ASA's Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose." The American Statistician. 2016.70;2: 129-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00031305.2016.1154108.
- Updated January 2016: Any submitted meta-analysis or systematic review should follow the PRISMA or MOOSE guidelines. Please state in the methods section which guideline the authors followed. If you use the PRISMA guidelines, 1) please include a copy of the PRISMA checklist as a related manuscript file (not for publication); and 2) include a flow diagram in your manuscript or supplemental data. The authors should use journal formatting for abstracts. Details on PRISMA can be found here http://www.prisma-statement.org/. Details on MOOSE can be read on the EQUATOR Network's site.
- Consult the AMA Manual of Style 10th Edition, for style.
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