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Large interest in ESC Heart Failure open access journal

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ESC Heart Failure is the open access journal of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in the field of heart failure. The journal aims to improve the understanding, prevention, investigation and treatment of heart failure. Stefan Anker (Department of Cardiology and Pneumology at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany) and Stephan von Haehling (Department of Cardiology and Pneumology at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany) explain why and how the Journal was initiated and why it has become such an important medium for everyone professionally involved in heart failure.

Dr. von Haehling, one of two deputy editors of ESC Heart Failure, explains why heart failure has become such a ‘hot topic’ which calls for sufficient publishing media.

“In the last decades, heart failure has become a global epidemic. The main reasons are that people are living to an older age then before as well as more people surviving a heart attack and subsequently developing heart failure. Therefore, it is not surprising that the field of heart failure is moving extremely fast. This brings along a huge need for research. However, the number of dedicated journals to publish basic and clinical research topics is limited. The European Journal of Heart Failure is an important medium and receives thousands of submissions each year. Due to lack of space, many articles cannot be published. Moreover, no open access journal existed. So, the creation of the ESC Heart Failure as an open access online journal was quite a logical step.” Prof. Anker, editor-in-chief of ESC Heart Failure, emphasizes the importance of ESC Heart Failure for heart failure specialists. “In this day and age, quick and easy digital access to up-to-date scientific materials has become essential for health care professionals. This dedicated journal serves the heart failure community not only by offering high quality content, but also by its easy accessibility.”

ESC Heart Failure was initiated two years ago. In those early days, the journal ‘had to find its way’ as Dr. von Haehling says. At first, the editors had to request authors for submissions as the journal had to build a name for itself. However, after the first six months, the submission rate increased dramatically.

“The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts discussing basic, translational, clinical and population sciences. Other contributions which can be submitted concern nursing, primary care, health economics and various other topics related to heart failure. Furthermore, authors are invited to submit case reports which highlight different aspects of heart failure care and treatment”, Prof. Anker sums up. Dr. von Haehling adds: “We also accept meeting reports, editorials, reviews and letters to the editor. Quite a large range of manuscripts, really. As a daughter journal of the European Journal of Heart Failure, ESC Heart Failure may publish articles that were originally submitted to the European Journal of Heart Failure. The advantage for authors is that they do not have to start a new review process. The first review is valid for our journal, too. This allows an easy resubmission.”

The largest contributors – in descending order - to the ESC Heart Failure open access Journal are Germany, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, closely followed by Italy.

With regard to the future of this relatively young journal, Dr. von Haehling is optimistic. “The main obstacle for any new journal is the impact factor. As we are such a young journal, we could not yet apply for it yet. However, in due time we will request it.” Prof. Anker concludes: “There is a clear need for ESC Heart Failure, as we have seen since the very day the journal was initiated. We will continue to offer a good and balanced selection of heart failure topics for all heart failure enthusiasts in the field.”