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The Editors' Network

An initiative from National Editors for the benefit of National Editors

The core mission of this ESC Task Force is to facilitate advancement in knowledge and improve the diffusion of scientific, academic and educational contents, as represented through their journals by each National Cardiac Society.

The aim of this 'network' initiative is to enhance the collaboration among NSCJ Editors, whilst guaranteeing the independence, identity and specificity of each national journal.

In September 2008, the NSCJ Editors' Network initiative was fully and officially recognised and validated by the ESC Board 2008-2010. Vice-President for National Cardiac Societies at the ESC Board is responsible for the reporting of the activities at the ESC Board level.

Following a long and successful term as Editors’ Network chairman, Professor Fernando Alfonso was succeeded during ESC Congress 2020.

The new chairman is Professor Ignacio Ferreira, Editor-in-Chief of Revista Española de Cardiología and is elected for 2 years.

Three new positions also have been created to champion the below topics within the Editors’ Network:

      • NCS/ACS journals visibility
      • ESC Guidelines Dissemination
      • Young Community

The next elections will take place in 2021 for the mandate 2022-2024.

Latest editorial initiatives

Data Sharing: A New Editorial Initiative of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Implications for the Editors' Network

This will be a joint simultaneous publication initiative scheduled in May 2018 involving all interested National and Affiliated Cardiovascular Journals of the European Society of Cardiology

Conflict of Interest Article

Conflict of interest is a hot editorial topic and is also an initiative raised by ICMJE (The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors).

The Editors' Network task force has launched this initiative via an extensive questionnaire in order to get a clear general picture of how the conflict of interest issue is currently handled and what is expected of the journals in our network. The results fo this survey, which was already presented during the Editors' Network meeting during the ESC Congress 2010, will result in a detailed report and an article for consideration by all NSCJ Editors.
As of June 2012, this article was published in 30 National Cardiac Societies journals, 10 Affiliated Cardiac Societies journals and in the European Heart Journal.

Read the article Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Journals.


During the summer of 2009, the majority of NSCJ editors and several editors among the Affiliated Cardiac Societies answered an extensive questionnaire on education issues, initiated by an article entitled 'The Role of European National Journals in Education' (main author P. Mills). Amendments were made to the paper via comments from several editors and the paper is now being published simultaneously in 28 national journals (November 2009 - January 2010) with all editors having consented to publish as co-authors.

Read the article The Role of European National Journals in Education.

See the Report of the results of the education related questionnaire.


The Year in Cardiology:

The Year in Cardiology initiative is a series of several articles from different journals summarising key topics in cardiology over the past 12-months.

Every year the list of new articles is sent to all the Editors-in-Chief who may choose to republish articles in their National Cardiac Society’s official journal.

Please find the Year in Cardiology 2020 article list here:

Young Editors Initiative:

At the ESC Congress 2019 in Paris, the Editors’ Network group planned to increase Editors‘ Network visibility and create a group of young editors of National Cardiac Society journals.

The aim is to promote articles and/or provide issues from different national journals. Several responses from National Cardiac Societies are engaged with this ongoing initiative.


Also during the National Cardiac Societies Journals (NCSJ) Editors' Network meeting in Paris, a newsletter from the Editors’ Network was established with the intention of summarising a selection of the best manuscripts published throughout national journals over the past year.

Each issue of the newsletter focuses on a single topic with all Editor-in-Chiefs selecting suitable abstracts and full-text articles of broad cardiology readership interest.

The first newsletter featured “Heart Failure 2019: Insights from NSCJ” and was published in EHJ’s CardioPulse section

The new newsletter topic focuses on COVID-19.

How to find out more

Download and read the original Background, Rationale and Mission Statement of the Editors' Network (former Editors' Club).

Task Force of the Editors' Network

Ignacio Ferreira Gonzalez, Revista Española de Cardiología, Spain (Chair)
Gergely Agoston, Cardiologia Hungarica, Hungary
Dilek Ural, Archives of the Turkish Society of Cardiology, Turkey
Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Archives des maladies du cœur et des vaisseaux Pratique, France
Plamen Marinov Gatzov, Journal of Bulgarian Cardiology, Bulgaria
Dimitris Tousoulis, Hellenic Journal of Cardiology, Greece
Evgeny Shlyakhto, Russian Journal of Cardiology, Russia