Revised & Accepted Manuscripts
|Manuscript Revisions||Accepted Manuscripts||Access Compliance|
The time limit for receipt of revisions is dated from last decision letter:
- Regular Articles, Short Communications, and New Methods in Cardiovascular Biology — 90-day revision time.
- Brief UltraRapid Communications — 5-day revision time (limited to minor changes, clarifications, and additions)
- Reviews and all other invited articles — 30-day revision time.
If the manuscript is received within the specified time-frame, an effort will be made to re-consult the original reviewers; the editors, however, may also choose to obtain additional opinions from new reviewers. If a revision is not received within the specified time limit, the manuscript may be considered withdrawn and a resubmission after that time will be handled as a new submission and assigned a new manuscript number.
Response to Reviewers
With your revision, include a detailed response to each of the referees' and editors' comments, providing each comment verbatim in bold followed by your response and giving the exact page number(s), paragraph(s), and line number(s) where each revision was made. If you make substantive changes to the manuscript, provide a clear description of what you did and where. If you insert important sentences, paragraphs, or sections in response to the comments, also include them in your response. Indicate clearly any deletions. Additionally, a marked up version of the revision with the changes highlighted or tracked should be uploaded as a supplemental file. Number each page in the top right corner, using your manuscript number followed by /R1 to denote a first revision. Authors may upload their response to reviewers as a supplemental file.
If possible, please provide a version of the revised manuscript with tracked changes version depicting every edit made from the original submission as a supplemental file.
During the revision submission process, all authors must complete the electronic Conflict of Interest and Copyright Transfer Agreement/Open Access License forms. Completion of all forms is required for revision submission. Note: To ensure the correct forms are selected, please be aware of requirements your funding agency may have with regard to copyright and Open Access. More information on the AHA's Open Access policy can be found online here.
If any changes to the author list have been made to the revised submission, please indicate this in the cover letter. In most cases, all authors will be required to provide confirmation that they agree to the change in authorship.
If your manuscript has been provisionally accepted for publication, please be aware of the following requirements when submitting your final revison online:
- The final manuscript text should be submitted in Word format, single-spaced, in Times New Roman 11 font. The final manuscript text file should include all manuscript text, references, figure legends, and any tables.
- Figures/Image files should be uploaded in TIFF, PPT, Photoshop, or PDF format with figure legends extracted and included with the Manuscript text as mentioned above.
- Combination color, grayscale and line art must be 600 dpi or higher.
- Color figures and line drawings must be at least 600-dpi resolution. Grayscale and black/white figures must be at least 300-dpi resolution.
- Line art should be vector-based format, eg, PDF or EPS, or in its original format, eg, PPT.
- Color figures should be submitted in RGB mode.
- Graphics downloaded from the Web are not acceptable for print. Web graphics, usually in GIF or JPEG format, have a resolution of only 72 dpi, which does not meet the standard for peer review nor publication.
- Authors are responsible for the cost of printing color figures (see “Costs to Authors”).
- Supplemental Material should be uploaded as ONE file in PDF format, with the exception of video files and large datasets in Excel file format.
- Supplemental Videos should be uploaded in AVI, MPG or MOV format that are less than 10 MB.
Novelty and Significance
REQUIREMENT: In the event that a manuscript is provisionally accepted for publication, authors will be asked to provide a summary of the novelty and significance of the work written in terms that can be easily understood by scientists who do not work in your field. The rationale for this is the recognition that as basic cardiovascular research becomes ever more specialized and narrow, a growing number of scientists (including translational and clinical scientists) struggle with understanding important papers published in fields that are remote from their specific areas of expertise.
- This new section for each original research article is entitled “Novelty and Significance.” The Editors envision the Novelty and Significance section of the manuscript to be a translation of the work for a general audience, designed to facilitate the dissemination of new concepts to the broad cardiovascular scientific community and to foster interdisciplinary communication.
- This section should not copy or repeat verbatim what is written in the abstract. Unlike the abstract, it should be written in a general language that can be easily understood by scientists who do not work in the specific field related to the article. It should not focus on methods or detailed results but rather on two key questions: (1) What is new or novel in this article, and (2) what does it mean?
- The Editors suggest the following format: (1) State briefly why it was important to do this study (i.e., its rationale), (2) summarize the salient findings, (3) highlight the new knowledge and/or novel ideas that the study contributes vis-à-vis the existing literature (i.e., What is shown here for the first time? What does this paper add to current knowledge? What distinguishes it from other studies in the field? How does this work advance our understanding of the issue at hand?), and (4) state the significance of this new knowledge, i.e., its broad implications for future basic research and also, if applicable, for translational science and clinical medicine.
- The Novelty and Significance section includes two parts. The top part consists of two sets of 2-3 bullet points each. The first set (titled “What is known?”) summarizes what was known regarding the issue at hand before the study was performed. The second set (titled “What new information does this article contribute?”) summarizes the key new information that the work provides. These points should be written in a clear, telegraphic style, and each bullet point should be limited to one sentence. The bottom part will be a one-paragraph summary of Novelty and Significance, as described above. This should have a maximum of 200 words.
- Please spell out all abbreviations at first mention in the top section, not in the summary paragraph. Include the Novelty and Significance section as the last page in the manuscript Word document.
When a manuscript is accepted, the Editors encourage authors to submit potential figures for the cover of the journal. Potential figures can be submitted as PDF or JPEG for preview.
- The figure file should be supplied at the exact size and proportions desired for the cover. The trim size for Circulation Research is 8 1/8” by 10 7/8”.
- Once selected, the cover figure file must be of high resolution (minimum 600 DPI).
- Please indicate whether color figures have been supplied in CMYK or RGB.
- Preferable format is 600 dpi or higher TIF.
- Cover figures may not be taken directly from the paper.
- Appropriate figures should be both aesthetically beautiful and scientifically exciting; they should be associated with the general topic of the paper, or they may be altered/enhanced versions of an original figure within the manuscript.
- Potential cover figures should have a single panel, with no labels or text of any kind.
Costs to Authors
Authors will be charged by the publisher $70 per printed page of an article to defray costs of publication (information is sent with author proof) or $35 per page for online-only articles (including Letters to the Editor). Authors may opt to purchase reprints. The price list will be provided with the author proof. No color reprints are available for online-only articles.
Additional costs: Authors will be charged color figure reproduction fees at $653 per printed color page (an estimate of cost will be provided by the publisher for authors' approval). As it can adversly affect the quality of a manuscript, authors are not allowed to change figures from Color to B&W after acceptance without the editors' permission. Authors may be charged for the expense of replacing poor-quality art in the production stage of publication. Authors will be charged $50 per printed page for excessive author alterations. Authors will be charged $100 per page for printing a correction (erratum) after publication of the article that results from an author's error. Errata will be published online.
Extended Print Version: In cases where Regular Articles that cannot be compressed into the standard 8,000-word/eight-display items limit without a significant loss of quality, authors have two options: i) publishing part of their manuscript online (as an Online Supplement), so as to keep the print version within the standard limit of 8,000 words and eight display items, or ii) publishing the entire paper in an extended print version (except for the detailed Methods section, which is published online) and paying for the extra pages. Authors who wish to choose the extended print version option, should contact the Editorial Office and they will be provided with an estimate based on the final word count of the manuscript. Word count will be calculated by the editorial office using the Microsoft Word tool. Title page, abstract, references, tables and figures legends are included in the total word count. Note that the option of an extended print version applies only to Regular Articles; Short Communications and BURCs are excluded.
Compliance With NIH and Other Research Funding Agency Accessibility Requirement
Several research funding agencies now require or request authors to submit the post-print (the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article) to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge. Within the field of medical research, 3 funding agencies in particular have announced such policies:
- The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires authors to deposit post-prints of articles, which have received NIH funding, in its repository PubMed Central (PMC). This deposit should be done within the 12 months after publication of the final article in the journal.
- The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) requires, as a condition of research grants, deposit in PMC, but within 6 months after publication of the final article.
- The Wellcome Trust requires, as a condition of research grants, deposit in UK PMC within 6 months after publication of the final article.
As a service to authors, the Publisher (Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) of the AHA journals will identify the PMC articles that require depositing. The Copyright Transfer Agreement provides the primary mechanism for identifying such articles. The AHA also requests that authors fully complete the “Public Access Policy Funding Disclosure” section of the Manuscript Metadata in the online submission process for Circulation Research. WKH/LWW will transmit the post-print of an article, which is based on research funded in whole or in part by 1 or more of these 3 agencies, to PMC. For more information on PMC, please visit http://nihms.nih.gov
On NIH request, it remains the legal responsibility of the author(s) to confirm with the NIH the provenance of their manuscript for purposes of deposit:
- Author(s) will not deposit their articles themselves.
- Author(s) will not alter the post-print already transmitted to NIH.
- Author(s) will not authorize the display of the post-print prior to 12 months after publication of the final article, in the case of NIH, or 6 months after publication of the final article, in the case of HHMI and the Wellcome Trust.
A Permissions and Rights Question and Answer is also available http://www.ahajournals.org/site/rights. If you have questions about your manuscripts submission to PMC after acceptance, please contact CircResJournal@LWW.com.
Circulation Research offers an open access option for Original Contributions. The corresponding author may select an open access option during revision submission of the manuscript. Please review the options here: http://www.ahajournals.org/site/openaccess. All authors will be required to complete the same agreement if the manuscript is accepted.
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Revised & Accepted Manuscripts