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The European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging is growing in stature and scope

EuroEcho 2019 Congress News


maurer-2016.jpgSince European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging was launched in 2012, it has become the most important cardiovascular imaging journal in Europe and has established its position as one of the top cardiovascular journals.

“The journal receives a large number of submissions for a specialty journal,“ says Professor Gerald Maurer (Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria), Editor-in-Chief of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging. “Submissions increased annually since launch and we have now reached a steady rate of over 1,500 manuscripts a year. The journal aims to publish the highest quality material and around 12% of submissions are accepted. To be considered suitable for publication, the methodology and statistical analysis must be robust, but most of all, the article should be interesting and highly relevant to the readership.”

Although European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging started out as a journal of echocardiography, more than half of current submissions and publications focus on other imaging modalities. As Prof. Maurer explains, “It is becoming a true multimodality journal. All areas of imaging are represented including cardiovascular magnetic resonance, cardiac computed tomography (CT) and nuclear cardiology, with about 10% of articles focussing on invasive intravascular imaging.”

European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging can also now genuinely call itself an ‘international journal’.

Prof. Maurer says, “Around 50% of submissions are from Europe but the rest come from all over the world. In fact, the country that currently submits the highest number of manuscripts is China, followed by the USA, Japan and Italy.” Additionally, the editorial board is comprised of imagers from across the globe.

Prof. Maurer continues, “When we look at the most highly cited papers in European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging in recent years, it is great to see that EACVI recommendations and consensus documents are so widely referenced. Indeed, the highest cited publication since 2017 is a focussed update from the EACVI and the American Society of Echocardiography on the echocardiographic assessment of aortic valve stenosis.1

Next in the list of top-cited papers is a publication on results from the EACVI’s Euro-Filling study, which compared the diagnostic accuracy of the 2009 and 2016 echocardiographic grading algorithms for predicting invasively measured left ventricular filling pressure.2

Standardisation is a key priority for the EACVI and consensus documents on deformation imaging3 and the main information to be included in standard echocardiographic reports4 are among the top 5 highly cited papers. Reflecting the wide scope of the journal, papers on the use of on-site CT-derived fractional flow reserve5 and on a comprehensive multimodality imaging approach to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy6 feature in the top 10 of most cited articles.

Want to hear more about the best recent papers in cardiovascular imaging? Join Prof. Maurer and editors from other leading imaging journals this afternoon as they each discuss their ‘fantastic 4’, the best 4 papers from their journals in 2018. 

  1. Baumgartner H, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;18:254–275.
  2. Lancellotti P, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;18:961–968.
  3. Badano LP, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2018;19:591–600.
  4. Galderisi M, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;18:1301–1310.
  5. Yang DH, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;18:432–440.
  6. Haugaa KH, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;18:237–253.


Don’t miss! The fantastic 4: the 4 best papers of my journal in 2018; 

Today, 16:30 – 18:00; Mahler