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Cardiovascular scientific production in Europe is growing both in quantity and quality. Promoting high-quality research is a major goal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1–3 The ESC has two highly respected official general journals, namely the European Heart Journal and Cardiovascular Research, devoted to clinical and basic research respectively.1–3 The ESC also publishes several sub-speciality official journals covering the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases and related techniques. Most European countries, however, also have their own cardiovascular journals. National Society Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJ) are time-honoured and classically disseminate high-quality scientific research mainly originating from each particular European country, although some, such as Heart, are now international in their content and distribution. The journals also play a major role in education and harmonization of clinical practice. Most NSCJ are published in local languages but many of them also incorporate English editions. Altogether, NSCJ provide a highly effective means to disseminate cardiovascular research produced in Europe. Scientific knowledge, however, has no barriers and many of these journals have gained an undisputed international profile. Some NSCJ, however, are just emerging and would benefit from networking support. It became clear that enhancing collaboration among NSCJ Editors would facilitate advancement in knowledge and further diffusion of scientific and educative contents.
Developing a “Constitution Document” and “Mission Statement” was considered desirable to set the basis of future collaboration among NSCJ Editors. We assumed this responsibility in recognizing the crucial role of NSCJ in Europe. Our target was to produce and issue a core document with fundamental principles upon which all NSCJ Editors would agree. Common goals will be identified and agreed-on measures will be pursued. The constitution document presented herein was therefore developed to formalize the NSCJ Editors’ Club Task Force.
NATIONAL SOCIETY CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNALS: BACKGROUND AND BASIC DATA
All Editors-in-Chief of the official cardiovascular journals of …
European National Society Cardiovascular Journals Editors, see Appendix for complete affiliations Anesti Kondili MD, Djamaleddine Nibouche MD, Karlen Adamyan MD, Kurt Huber MD, Hugo Ector MD, Izet Masic MD, Rumiana Tarnovska MD, Mario Ivanusa MD, Vladimír Staněk MD, Jørgen Videbæk MD, Mohamed Hamed MD, Alexandras Laucevicius MD, Pirjo Mustonen MD, Jean-Yves Artigou MD, Ariel Cohen MD, Mamanti Rogava MD, Michael Böhm MD, Eckart Fleck MD, Gerd Heusch MD, Rainer Klawki MD, Panos Vardas MD, Christodoulos Stefanadis MD, József Tenczer MD, Massimo Chiariello MD, Aleksandras Laucevicius MD, Joseph Elias MD, Aleksandras Laucevicius MD, Halima Benjelloun MD, Olaf Rødevand MD, Piotr Kułakowski MD, Edvard Apetrei MD, Victor A Lusov MD, Rafael G Oganov MD, Velibor Obradovic MD, Gabriel Kamensky MD, Miran F Kenda MD, Christer Höglund MD, Thomas F Lüscher MD, René Lerch MD, Moufid Jokhadar MD, Habib Haouala MD, Vedat Sansoy MD, Valentin Shumakov MD, Adam Timmis MD.
Competing interests: None declared.
This manuscript will be simultaneously published in all National Societies Journal that consented to publication. *All Editors-in-Chief of the National Society of Cardiovascular Journals listed in the Appendix should be considered as co-authors of this manuscript.