Announcing Increased Word Limits and Two New Additions to Our Article Portfolio, Perspectives and Translational Success Stories
Two years into our editorship, we are pleased that the new ideas outlined in our manifesto (Bolli R. The new Circulation Research: a manifesto. Circ Res. 2010;106:216–226) have been successfully implemented. Nevertheless, we are continuing to work to further improve both the format and the content of the journal. Simply put, we want Circulation Research to be the best possible forum for scientific information and discussion for readers and authors alike. To this end, we are introducing several new features.
A new word limit for Original Contributions. Circulation Research is pleased to announce that the word limit for regular Original Contributions has been increased from 6,000 to 7,000 words. The rationale for allowing more space is that many articles, particularly comprehensive studies that often have a major impact on the field, simply cannot be compressed into 6,000 words; as a result, authors have had to choose among one of four options (some of which may not be particularly palatable): i) “split” the paper in two parts, one published in the man text and one published as an online supplement, ii) publish online only, iii) pay for extra pages, or iv) skip the Methods section entirely and publish it only as an online supplement. The latter option is contrary to the goals that we set forth in our manifesto (Bolli R. The New Circulation Research: A Manifesto. Circ Res. 2010;106:216-226), in which we indicated that at least the essential features of the methods must be included in the main text of the manuscript. By allowing 1,000 additional words, we hope to facilitate publication of in-depth, comprehensive investigations and to enable authors to describe the methods and techniques used for the study. As before, if the authors find (and the editors agree) that their article cannot be compressed to fit the 7,000 word limit, they will still have the option of publishing their article online only or paying for extra print pages. More information on this policy can be found in our online Instructions to Authors available at http://circres.ahajournals.org/site/misc/ifora.xhtml.
A new addition to our article portfolio: Perspectives. We are also pleased to inaugurate in this issue a new category of invited articles entitled Perspectives. Written by the Editors or invited guests, Perspectives discuss a field or a topic from a personal and subjective viewpoint, highlighting major breakthroughs, scientific controversies, remaining gaps, and other areas of interest. Topics for Perspectives will be diverse, ranging from discussion of a new and important article or discovery to an overview of new developments in a particular specialty, an author's opinion on a long−standing problem in cardiovascular science, a discussion of NIH policies, or an appraisal of the peer review system of papers and grant applications. Even purely theoretical essays or descriptions of hypotheses may be appropriate. The important aspect of Perspectives, which sets them apart from all other articles that we publish, is that they should convey bold opinions, even if they are irreverent. In contrast to standard scientific articles, in which authors are expected to temper their opinions and avoid subjective statements, Perspectives will enable the authors to express their thoughts freely. This will not be a place to avoid controversy; on the contrary, authors will be expected to “stick their neck out” on the issue at hand (naturally, personal attacks or diatribes motivated by personal issues will not be published). Generally 2-3 pages long, these articles will provide an incisive, pithy discussion of a topic. With his customary unbridled enthusiasm, Ali J. Marian, Senior Guest Editor of Circulation Research, has volunteered to inaugurate this new feature with his provocative article entitled “Modeling Human Disease Phenotype in Model Organisms: ‘It's Only a Model!’”
We hope that Perspectives will provide a forum for provocative and fresh viewpoints that will intrigue, stimulate, inform, and challenge our readers. Our goal will be to provide a personal, unfettered perspective from someone who has devoted considerable thought to, and feels strongly about, the issue being discussed. Although Perspectives will be generally commissioned by the Editors, we will also be happy to consider author-initiated proposals for this type of opinion piece.
Another addition to our review article portfolio: Translational Success Stories. Finally, we are pleased to announce yet another new feature that will expand our already rich portfolio of articles. In this issue of the journal, we are inaugurating Translational Success Stories with a fascinating article in which Louis Dell'Italia describes how decades of fundamental research on the renin-angiotensin system have resulted in improved treatment of patients with heart failure and hypertension. The purpose of Translational Success Stories is to highlight examples of basic work that has led to advances in clinical practice, either as new treatments or as diagnostic modalities. Our motivation here is to emphasize the strong interest of Circulation Research in publishing translational research (such as first-in-human investigations of concepts developed in experimental models, mechanistic studies conducted in patients or in human samples, and, in general, any investigation that illuminates the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of human cardiovascular disease). We strongly encourage submission of this type of work. An additional reason for publishing these articles is that there is a growing demand on the part of scientific organizations and funding agencies for demonstrable clinical applications of basic research. We hope that Translational Success Stories will address this need by providing examples of basic research that has contributed to improved patient care. As is the case for Reviews, these articles will generally be invited by the Editors, but we are very interested in receiving suggestions from our readers for topics that could be highlighted.
We hope that the readers will find these changes useful. As always, the Editors will greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
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