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Fostering diffusion of scientific contents of National Society Cardiovascular Journals: the new ESC search engine
  1. Fernando Alfonso1,2,
  2. Lino Gonçalves3,
  3. Fausto Pinto1,
  4. Adam Timmis1,
  5. Hugo Ector1,
  6. Giuseppe Ambrosio1,
  7. Panos Vardas1,
  8. On behalf of the Editors' Network European Society of Cardiology Task Force
  1. 1Nucleus Members Editors’ Network of the European Society of Cardiology
  2. 2ESC Editors’ Network Task Force Chair
  3. 3ESC Search Engine Task Force Chair
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fernando Alfonso, ESC Editors' Network Task Force Chair, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Institute, Clínico San Carlos University Hospital, IdISSC, Plaza Cristo Rey, Madrid 28040, Spain; falf{at}

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The National Society Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJs) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) are high-quality biomedical journals devoted to publishing original research and educative material on cardiovascular diseases.1–3 These journals officially belong to the corresponding ESC national societies. Many of them have achieved major international recognition, are included in most important bibliometric databases, and have made major scientific impact.1–5 Some NSCJs offer full-text English content and are freely available in electronic editions. However, NSCJs are largely heterogeneous and some of them are only published in local languages with a limited visibility.1–3

The main goal of biomedical journals is to publish high-quality scientific information. To achieve this goal, journals should compete for the best research carried out in their field, the ‘prestige’ of the journal being the main driver to attract original contributions.1–3 In turn, a journal’s prestige is based on credibility, diffusion and scientific impact.6 To ensure that the scientific process is fully respected, journals rely in the ‘peer review’ system. This process not only allows the editors to select the best possible material for publication, but also assures the readers that the quality of the information follows the highest scientific standards. In fact, the process significantly improves the final quality of manuscripts eventually published. Once an article is definitely accepted for publication, the journal should guarantee its expedited publication and widespread diffusion among the scientific community.1–3

The Editors’ Network of the ESC provides a unique platform for devising editorial initiatives aimed to improve the scientific quality, and facilitate diffusion of the contents, of NSCJs.1–5 Herein we will discuss the importance of the internet and electronic editions in scientific publishing. We will also review the growing relevance of open access (OA) strategies. Last but not least, we will propose a new initiative based …

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  • Collaborators Editors’ Network Members (Editors-in-Chiefs of National Society Cardiovascular Journals):

  • Loizos Antoniades (Editor-in-Chief, Cyprus Heart Journal), Eduard Apetrei (Editor-in-Chief, Romanian Journal of Cardiology), Michael Aschermann (Editor-in-Chief, Cor et Vasa), Leonardo Bolognese (Editor-in-Chief, Giornale Italiano Di Cardiologia), Mirza Dilic (Editor-in-Chief, Medical Journal), Istvan Edes (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiologia Hungarica), Krzysztof J. Filipiak (Editor-in-Chief, Kardiologia Polska), Faig Guliyev (Editor-in-Chief, Azerbaijan Cardiology Journal), Habib Haouala (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiologie Tunisienne), Mahmoud Mohamed Hassanein (Editor-in-Chief, Egyptian Heart Journal), Magda Heras (Editor-in-Chief, Revista Española de Cardiología), Christer Höglund (Editor-in-Chief, Svensk Cardiologi), Ivan Hulin (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiology Letters), Kurt Huber (Editor-in-Chief, Journal für Kardiologie), Mario Ivanusa (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiologia Croatica), Germanas Marinskis (Editor-in-Chief, Seminars in Cardiovascular Medicine), Izet Masic (Editor-in-Chief, Medical Archives), Miodrag Ostojic (Editor-in-Chief, Heart and Blood Vessels), Otmar Pachinger (Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift – the Central European Journal of Medicine), Dimitar Raev (Editor-in-Chief, Bulgarian Journal of Cardiology), Mamanti Rogava (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiology and Internal Medicine XXI), Olaf Rødevand (Editor-in-Chief, Hjerteforum), Vedat Sansoy (Editor-in-Chief, Archives of the Turkish Society of Cardiology), Evgeny Shlyakhto (Editor-in-Chief of Russian Journal of Cardiology), Valentin A Shumakov (Editor-in-Chief, Ukrainian Journal of Cardiology), Ernst Van der Wall (Editor-in-Chief, Netherlands Heart Journal), Jørgen Videbæk (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiologisk Forum), and Thomas F Lüscher (Editor-in-Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine).

  • This is a joint simultaneous publication initiative involving all interested National Society Cardiovascular Journals of the European Society of Cardiology

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.