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Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology

Published in Association with Telangana Chapter of Cardiological Society of India

Editor-in-Chief
B Hygriv Rao KIMS Hospitals, Hyderabad, India


eISSN: 26324644 | ISSN: 26324636 Frequency: Quarterly

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology is the official Journal of Telangana State Chapter of Cardiological Society of India. The Journal is a comprehensive cardiology publication, which aims at publishing original peer reviewed articles and invited review articles in different sub-specialities of cardiology. The focus of the journal is on topics of contemporary and clinically relevant areas for practising cardiologists. Journal aims to provide a global platform for interaction between technology development, academicians, researchers and practitioners. The journal will also tap into the vast pool of emerging talent in fellowship programmes and provide micro modules for research work.

The journal will run as a full scope journal, involving publication of

  1. Original research
  2. Review articles on various topics
  3. Case reports
  4. Interesting images and graphics
  5. Fellow forum
  6. Letters to editor
  7. Editorial
  8. Snap reviews online
  9. Consensus statements periodically
  10. Quiz

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology is the official Journal of Telangana State Chapter of Cardiological Society of India. The Journal is a comprehensive cardiology publication, which aims at publishing original peer reviewed articles and invited review articles in different sub-specialities of cardiology. The focus of the journal is on topics of contemporary and clinically relevant areas for practising cardiologists. Journal aims to provide a global platform for interaction between technology development, academicians, researchers and practitioners. The journal will also tap into the vast pool of emerging talent in fellowship programmes and provide micro modules for research work.

The journal will run as a full scope journal, involving publication of

  1. Original research
  2. Review articles on various topics
  3. Case reports
  4. Interesting images and graphics
  5. Fellow forum
  6. Letters to editor
  7. Editorial
  8. Snap reviews online
  9. Consensus statements periodically
  10. Quiz
Editorial Board Members
Johann Christopher CARE Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India
Manish Bansal Medanta Hospitals, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Karthikeya Bhargava Medanta Hospitals, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Rangadham Nagarakanti Owensboro Health Care, USA
Bharat Khantaria Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
K Sarat Chandra Virinchy Hospitals, Banjarahills, Hyderabad, India
S Lokeshwar Rao Star Hospitals, India
V Dayasagar Rao KIMS Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
K Nageshwar Rao CARE Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India
R K Jain KIMS Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
V Surya Prakash Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
A Srinivas Kumar Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
A N Patnaik Star Hospitals, India
Ravindranath Bathina Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
Gopinath Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
O Sai Satish Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology

This journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

The journal submission and processing platform is being developed. Please read the guidelines below then email the Editor at ijcc@sagepub.in to submit your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper

2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy
2.2 Authorship
2.3 Acknowledgements
2.4 Funding
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
2.9 Data

3. Publishing polices

3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving

4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Formatting
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services

5. Submitting your manuscript

5.1 Information required for completing your submission
5.2 Permissions

6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article

7. Further information

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope
Before submitting your manuscript to Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope [link to A&S (would be update later once site is ready)].

1.2 Article types
The Journal welcomes Original research articles, Review articles on various topics, Case reports
Interesting images and graphics, Fellow forum, Letters to editor, Editorial, Snap reviews online, Consensus statements periodically, Quiz etc.

A few points to be kept in mind while preparing your article:

  1. Provide an abstract of 150-200 words with 4-5 keywords.
  2. The word limit for Original articles and Review articles is 3000 words.
  3. The Original article can be supported by upto 35 references.  A maximum of 6 authors can be included in this section. The word limit for review articles can be up to 3500 words excluding references and abstract.
  4. Case reports: They can be organized into the following sections.

• Abstract: Maximum of 150 words
• Key-words: Maximum of five key-words
• Introduction, diagnosis and treatment plan, treatment progress, treatment outcome and discussion.
• Records taken at pre-treatment and  post-treatment are required.
• One-year post-treatment is desirable.
• Interim records can be used to illustrate specific appliances/treatment effects and case progress if necessary.
• At every stage, records should be high-quality and in-focus and should include: 
• Study model photos in above can be added if desired.

  1. Short communications:

• Clinical innovations, technique tips and techno transfers should be short and restricted to 750 words. They can be authored by a maximum of three contributors and can be supported by upto five references.

  1. Letter to the Editor:

• These should be short and decisive observations preferably in relation to articles published in the journal. It can have a word count of upto 500 words and can be supported by upto 5 references. They can be authored by a maximum of three authors.

1.3 Writing your paper
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

2.2 Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  3. Approved the version to be published,
  4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

2.4 Funding

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

2.7 Clinical trials

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.]

2.8 Reporting guidelines

The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

2.9. Research data

At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

3.1.1 Plagiarism
Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

3.3 Open access and author archiving

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

4. Preparing your manuscript for submission                                                           

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplemental material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files

4.4 Reference style

Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.

Reference citations represented by superscripted numbers; the numbers are ordered in sequence from the first mention of the cite in text and correspond to a numbered reference list:
In a study by Smith et al,1 ….
Smith and Jones21 demonstrated that …
… according to studies12,14-17; in addition …

In the reference list, names of all the authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors should be used, followed by “et al.”

Examples:
Journal article (in print, published ahead of print):
Crews DW, Gartska WR, Meyer B, et al. The physiology of the garter snake: an analysis. Sci Am. 1981;245:158-159.
Armstrong DD. Rett syndrome neuropathology review [published online May 3, 2001]. Brain Dev. doi:10.1002/CD1023.

Book:
Voet D, Voet JG. The Science of Biochemistry. 3rd ed. New York, NY: J Wiley; 1990.

Chapter in a book:
Kuret JA, Murad F. Adenohypophyseal hormones. In: Gilman AG, Taylor P, eds. The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 8th ed. Orlando, FL: Grune & Stratton; 1976:1334-1360.

Paper presented at a conference:
Eisenberg J. Market forces and physician workforce reform: why they may not work. Paper presented at: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges; October 28, 1995; Washington, DC.

Online journals
Blackburn TA. Updating autologous chondrocyte implantation knee rehabilitation. Orthopedic Tech Review. 2003;5:30-33. http://www.orthopedictechreview.com/issues/julaug03/pg30.htm. Accessed January 7, 2005.

Websites:
FDA resources page. Food and Drug Administration website. http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/sodium.txt. Accessed June 23, 2000.

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

5. Submitting your manuscript

Please email The Editor at ijpp@sagepub.in to submit your manuscript to Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology.

5.1 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.2 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit thePromote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology editorial office as follows:

The Editor, Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology
B.Hygriv Rao,
KIMS Hospitals
Minister Road, Hyderabad
India                                                                                                           
Email id: ijpp@sagepub.in; hygriv@hotmail.com

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