- What is Cardiology Today about?
- Editorial independence
- How we source content
- Peer review process
- The Editorial Advisory Board
- Editorial content
Cardiology Today is a biannual, independent, peer reviewed journal on cardiology written and refereed by doctors for Australian GPs, specialists and other health professionals. Its content is clinically focused, practical, evidence-based and well illustrated, designed to meet the needs of busy doctors.
Its aim is to provide doctors with practical reviews and clinical information that will assist them in reviewing and updating their knowledge in the field of cardiology. The content is focused primarily on the needs of GPs.
Cardiology Today is subjected to the same thorough peer review process and high production standards applied to our flagship journal Medicine Today.
What is Cardiology Today about?
From the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board
Despite the fact that cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of mortality in Australia, improvements in acute care mean more patients are surviving cardiac events. The number of patients with chronic cardiovascular conditions is likely to increase as our population ages, accompanied by an increasing prevalence of obesity, diabetes and associated vascular complications.
Our patients are provided with a proliferation of both interventional and medical therapies for the prevention and treatment of myocardial, coronary, valvular and arrhythmic diseases. Keeping up with developments in acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions challenges all of us who engage in frontline patient care.
Cardiology Today is designed to help the Australian GP readily access up-to-date clinically relevant information prepared by experts across all domains of cardiovascular disease. The articles are easy to read and have been carefully reviewed by an editorial board of cardiologists and GPs, as well as other specialists outside the editorial board, to ensure the tone and content meet the busy practitioners’ needs. The articles include content focusing on acute care, ECG interpretation and clinical case studies covering diagnosis and management of common and less common but interesting conditions. Our goal is to provide primary healthcare professionals with an understanding of the latest developments in cardiovascular disease, and to support and enrich their daily practice.
Professor David Brieger
MB BS, PhD, FRACP, FACC
Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Advisory Board
Head of Coronary Care and Coronary Interventions,
Concord Hospital, and
Professor of Cardiology, The University of Sydney,
Cardiology Today is published twice a year. It is published in print in a dedicated section within Medicine Today and online at cardiologytoday.com.au.
The editorial independence and high clinical standards held by Cardiology Today are of paramount importance to the publishers and are guarded rigorously. The entire content is subjected to a peer review process of the quality usually reserved for scientific (rather than review) publications.
To ensure Cardiology Today’s editorial content is totally independent, credible and accurate:
- the Editorial Advisory Board monitors the clinical standards and content of the journal
- members of the Editorial Advisory Board and senior consultants provide author recommendations
- all submitted articles undergo our thorough peer review process
- all authors are required to disclose any commercial or financial association that might be seen to be a conflict of interest, using the standard disclosure form of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest), and these disclosures are published at the end of each article
- articles that have any known input from pharmaceutical companies, public relations firms or other commercial entities are not accepted.
How we source content
Cardiology Today’s editorial content is focused on cardiovascular medicine, aimed primarily at the GP readership. Most of the content is commissioned in house after consultation with members of the Editorial Advisory Board and senior consultants. The authors of our articles are highly experienced, senior clinicians who are well recognised in their field of medicine.
The opinions expressed in the editorial content are those of the commissioned authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors, the Editorial Advisory Board or the publishers.
Peer review process
Based on the successful Medicine Today formula, every article published in Cardiology Today has undergone our rigorous single-blind peer review process to ensure the content is accurate, credible, up to date and independent. At least two specialists in the relevant field of medicine and one GP review each article before it is accepted for publication.
Reviewers provide instructive comments, suggestions and recommendations on the suitability for publication of each article. All feedback is sent to the authors, who may be required to revise the text or respond to specific comments before their article is accepted for publication.
The Editorial Advisory Board
Cardiology Today’s Editorial Advisory Board has a vital role in maintaining the journal’s high editorial standards. The list of Board members can be viewed here. The Board, led by Chair and Editor-in-Chief Professor David Brieger, has a major and active role in reviewing articles and providing suggestions for reviewers, authors and content. The Board also meets formally three times a year to discuss editorial and publishing issues.
Cardiology Today’s peer reviewed content covers a range of article types, including the following:
Features – In-depth reviews of practical clinical information on cardiology, covering the diagnosis, investigation and/or management of a particular condition.
Perspectives – Shorter pithy articles on specific cardiology issues.
Case Studies – Discussions of cases typically presenting in general practice.
ECG Education – A case-based approach to illustrate the importance of ECG knowledge.
GP Emergency Management – A case-based look at cardiac emergencies presenting in general practice.
Journal Watch – Brief summaries of research articles published in major international journals, produced by the NEJM Group, a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
We would like to hear your opinions, suggestions and feedback. If you find a particular article helpful in your practice or have something to say about an article we have published, then submit a letter and we will consider it for publication. We are more likely to print short letters (no longer than 250 words), so please be succinct. You can post your letter to us (Medicine Today Pty Ltd, PO Box 1473, Neutral Bay NSW 2089, Australia) or submit your letter by completing the Contact Us form.