Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision:
3 days*
Time to first decision with review:
26 days*
Acceptance to publication:
24 days*
Impact Factor (JCR):

Aims and scope

Heart is an international peer reviewed journal that keeps cardiologists up to date with important research advances in cardiovascular disease. New scientific developments are highlighted in editorials and put in context with concise review articles. There is one free Editor’s Choice article in each issue, with open access options available to authors for all articles. Education in Heart articles provide a comprehensive, continuously updated, cardiology curriculum. Heart promotes active interchange among researchers and readers to come together as a community to advance science and improve patient care via regular free audio podcasts, letters to the Editor, and news via Twitter and Facebook.
Heart is an official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society and is endorsed by the following societies: Heart is the flagship of BMJ's cardiology portfolio and has an open access companion journal, Open Heart. For information about the Heart Editor-in-Chief Catherine Otto and her editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

Heartis a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal information

Heart is co-owned by the British Cardiovascular Society and BMJ
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; BIOSIS Preview, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2022

Acceptance rate: 24%
Speed Time to first decision without review (median): 3 days Time to first decision with review (median): 26 days Time from acceptance to publication (median): 24 days
Impact Impact Factor category: Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems Impact Factor (JCR): 5.7 Impact Factor rank: 36/142 5 year Impact Factor: 5.9 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.42 Eigenfactor: 0.02357 Citescore: 10.4 Citescore rank: 29/354 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.877
Reach Total content views: 3.49 million Total Altmetric mentions: 17,460
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The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

Contact information

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