Authors guidelines

Editorial Scope

 

AsiaIntervention is an international, English language, peer- reviewed journal whose aim is to create a forum of high quality research and education in the field of percutaneous and surgical cardiovascular interventions.

Issues are released twice per year, both in print and electronically. AsiaIntervention has applied for indexation in the Science Citation Index® (ISI), SciVerse Scopus, MEDLINE®/PubMed®.

General guidelines for manuscript preparation

 

Online submission:

Articles can be submitted via Editorial Manager: https://www.editorialmanager.com/aij

 

Contact:

Submission enquiries should be directed to editorial-office@asiaintervention.org

 

Publication Ethics statement:

AsiaIntervention follows the recommendations of the ICMJE – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals”, available online at http://www.icmje.org and COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors. AsiaIntervention follows COPE’s guidelines.

The journal expects all parties involved in the publication of content in AsiaIntervention (the publisher, editors, authors, and reviewers) to follow these guidelines on best practice and publication ethics.

Please read the instructions below carefully.

Manuscripts that do not strictly adhere to the submission guidelines will be returned to the authors. Manuscript submissions should conform to the guidelines of the ICMJE: “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals,” available online at http://www.icmje.org

 

Editorial policies, ethical guidelines

 

Authorship:

The authors are responsible for the content of the manuscript. All of the authors must have read and approved the manuscript. All of the authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for parts of the content. Authors included in the manuscript should meet all of the following conditions: 1) substantial contributions to the design and conception, to the acquisition of data, or interpretation and analysis of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the manuscript submitted to the Journal. Any other contributors to the work who do not qualify for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section. Please refer to the ICMJE guidelines for more information about authorship.

 

Informed consent:

Studies involving experimental animals and humans must conform to the guiding principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.

Studies must have been approved by the Institutional Committee on Human Research at the author’s institution and human subjects must have given informed consent for participation in the study. Written and signed consent to publish patient descriptions, illustrations or videos should be obtained from all persons who can be identified and sent to the editorial office of AsiaIntervention.

If such informed consent has not been obtained, personal details of patients included in any part of the paper and in any supplementary materials, illustrations and videos, must be removed before submission. Please also refer to the ICMJE recommendation http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/protection-of-research-participants.html

 

Reporting guidelines for main study types:

AsiaIntervention advises the authors to follow the guidelines for their study type available on the website Equator Network http://www.equator-network.org

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs):

All clinical trials should follow the CONSORT guidelines http://www.consort-statement.org and the paper must be accompanied by a CONSORT table indicating compliance with these reporting standards All trials should be registered prospectively in www.clinicaltrials.gov and www.clinicaltrialsregister.eu, and the paper should include registration numbers and the name of the register.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA http://www.prisma-statement.org guidelines

Observational studies in epidemiology: STROBE guidelines https://www.strobe-statement.org

Animal Preclinical studies: ARRIVE https://www.nc3rs.org.uk/arrive-guidelines

 

Relationship with the industry, conflict of interest:

All authors of a paper must make a formal disclosure of any financial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article at the time of submission on the cover letter as well as in the title page. The corresponding author should also collect and upload the ICMJE form of each author and upload them with the manuscript after the first revision.

If none of the authors has a conflict of interest, please state clearly “The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.” If one or more of the authors has declared a conflict of interest, the remaining authors must state clearly that they have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Examples of possible conflicts are: consultancies, corporate appointment, stock ownership or other equity interest or patent-licensing arrangements, etc.

Manuscript will be sent back to the authors if the conflict of interest statements are not indicated in the original submission.

Manuscripts will be sent back to the authors if one or more of the ICMJE forms are missing after first revision of the manuscript.

 

Preparation of the manuscript

 

Cover letter:

Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter. This letter should:

(1) specify concisely the significance of the paper, the novelty and the message, the relation to daily practice and the incremental value compared with existing literature;

(2) declare that the paper is not under consideration elsewhere;

(3) declare that none of the paper’s contents have been published previously;

(4) declare that all authors have read and approved the manuscript;

(5) make full disclosure of any potential conflict of interest for each and everyone

of the listed authors;

(6) designate one corresponding author

Please note that authorship and affiliation will not be changed after acceptance.

 

Manuscript transfer with EuroIntervention:

If your paper is a EuroIntervention transfer paper, please cite this together with the EIJ manuscript number.

If your manuscript has been formally reviewed by EuroIntervention, we ask that you revise your paper in accordance with the reviewer’s comments and submit the revised paper to us with the rebuttal letter.

If your manuscript has not been formally reviewed by EuroIntervention, please mention this in your cover letter and on the submission website.

A list of suggested objective reviewers may also be provided.

 

General format:

Prepare your manuscript text using a Word processing package (save as .doc / .docx). Submissions in PDF form are not permitted. Oxford (UK) English style and spelling should be used. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including text, tables, legends and references. The number of tables, figures and references should be appropriate for the manuscript content. Tables must also be submitted in Word format, JPEG is not acceptable (see below). Please be aware that if you exceed the recommended word count the Editors reserve the right to decline the manuscript for peer review. Please enter the information in Editorial Manager exactly as it appears in your manuscript, i.e., authors names, authors academic affiliations, keywords, conflict of interest etc…

 

Title page:

The title page should include the following:

(1) The title.

(2) The name(s) of the author(s) (including full first name and middle initial). Up to

13 authors will be accepted. A collaborators list can be added, with qualifications and affiliations if necessary.

(3) The authors’ academic qualifications (e.g., MD, PhD, etc.).

(4) Department(s) and institution(s) to which the authors are affiliated. List the cur-

rent affiliations of all authors and link the authors’ names and affiliations by “1”, “2”, “3”, etc., after each author’s name, before the degree(s)/qualification(s) and before the list of affiliations.

(5) Short running title (no more than 50 characters including spaces).

(6) Corresponding author – only one corresponding author will be accepted. Full name, postal address and e-mail address of the author to whom the printer’s

proofs and all communications should be sent.

(7) All the authors of a paper must make a formal disclosure of any financial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article at the time of submission in the cover letter as well as on the title page. The corresponding author should collect and upload the ICMJE form of each author and upload them with the manuscript after first revision.

If none of the authors has a conflict of interest, please state clearly “The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.” If one or more of the authors have declared a conflict of interest, the remaining authors must state clearly that they have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Examples of possible conflicts are: consultancies, corporate appointment, stock ownership or other equity interest or patent-licensing arrangements, etc.

Manuscripts will be sent back to the authors if the conflict of interest statement of each author is not indicated in the original submission.

Manuscripts will be sent back to the authors if one or more of the ICMJE forms are missing at the first revision of the manuscript.

(8) Total word count – the total word count of the manuscript (including Title Page, Abstract, Text, References, Tables and Figures Legends)

(9) A head and shoulders portrait of the first author (300 dpi /high resolution image) must be submitted.

 

Abstract:

Abstracts may not contain more than 200 words. The abstract must be formatted with the following headings: (1) Aims, (2) Methods and results, (3) Conclusions.

 

Classifications: 

A maximum of six keywords may be submitted. The classifications must be an exact match to those you have entered in Editorial Manager.

 

Abbreviations:  

All abbreviations and acronyms should be expanded upon first use in the text, and

thereafter the abbreviation/acronym should be used. Please provide a list of abbreviations.

 

Condensed abstract:

Condensed abstracts may not contain more than 100 words.

 

Tables:

Tables must be submitted in Word document format only. Do not use images for tables (for example: JPEGs, screenshots and other images will not be accepted). Tables must have the table number and title clearly indicated. Tables must be cited in numerical order in the text. All abbreviations used within the tables must be listed in alphabetical order in a footnote appearing beneath the table.

Tables must be numbered using Arabic numerals both within the text and in the accompanying captions. Label tables carefully when submitting.

 

Figures, line drawings and graphs:

The number of submitted figures should be appropriate to avoid redundancy and promote clarity. Figures must be saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). The size of each image must preferably be a minimum of 8 cm×8 cm. This size is equivalent to one column width of printed text. Label figures carefully when submitting.

Figures must be numbered using Arabic numerals. For figures in panel format please use the following notation: Figure 1A, Figure 1B, Figure 1C, etc., for the different panels. All abbreviations used must be listed in alphabetical order in a foot- note under the figure.

All figures must be referred to and cited in numerical order in the text. If one panel of a Figure is referred to, then all panels of that Figure must be referred to, and appear in alphabetical order in the text. If this is not appropriate, simply refer to the Figure number and omit mention of the panels.

All figures must have a title and a legend which should be listed in your manuscript after the References.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holders: copyright applies to photographs and original artwork for diagrams and it is courteous to seek permission for extensive use of factual matter in a table or box. Journals, not authors, usually retain copyright for articles.

Please note that the Editorial Board actively encourages the submission of moving images relating to the online publication. Please use AVI, Quicktime, DivX, AVI, MP4 or WMV format for moving images. We recommend a maximum of 8 moving images. For each moving image the maximum size is 1 MB and each should be accompanied by a descriptive legend placed after the References in the manuscript, under the subtitle “Online data supplement”.

Please contact the Editorial Office for moving image submission assistance at: editorial-office@asiaintervention.org

 

Impact on daily practice:

In no more than 3 sentences (i.e., 125 words=900 characters with spaces), please explain the clinical significance of your article, underlining the “take-home” message that you believe a reader should retain for their daily practice.

 

Acknowledgments:

The contributions of individuals whom the authors would like to acknowledge should be listed in the Acknowledgements section above the Funding and/or Conflict of interest statement.

 

Funding:  

All sources of funding should be acknowledged in this section.

 

References:

References in the main body of the article/text must be cited using Arabic numerals in brackets and numbered in the order cited. These should be placed before, not after, sentence punctuation. References in an Online supplement must be numbered consecutively to the references in the print paper. Example: If you have 10 references in the main part of the manuscript, then the references in the Online data supplement would start with number 11.

Please provide only 1 list of references combining the references of the main part of the manuscript and the online data supplement.

The following will not be accepted as references:

  • Personal communications
  • Abstracts
  • Manuscripts submitted and not accepted
  • Manuscripts in press
  • Oral presentations at congresses

References listed at the end of the article/text must appear in the following format: Journal:

Format: #. Author of article AA, Author of article BB, Author of article CC. Title of article. Abbreviated title of journal in italics. Year;vol:page number(s). Example: 1. Fitzgerald E, Morrison V, Shaffy R. Drug-induced disorders of the liver. EuroIntervention.1980;24:130.

Please note:

  • No “et al” citations will be accepted – please list all author names.
  • AsiaIntervention does not include issue numbers, e.g.: Circulation. 1980;24(1):17-30.
  • Use the Index Medicus abbreviations for journal names (in italics followed by a full stop), e.g., N Engl J Med. (not NEJM).

Chapter in a book:

Format: #. Author of part, AA. Title of chapter or part. In: Editor A, Editor B, editors. Title: subtitle of book. Edition (if not the first). Place of publication: Publisher; Year. p. page numbers.

Example: 2. Ford HL, Sclafani RA, Degregori J. Cell cycle regulatory cas- cades. In: Stein GS, Pardee AB, editors. Cell cycle and growth control: bio- molecular regulation and cancer. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley-Liss; 2004. p. 42-67.

Book:

Format: #. Author(s) AA. Title: subtitle. Edition (if not the first). Vol. (if a mul- tivolume work). Place of publication: Publisher; Year. p. page number(s) (if appropriate).

Example: 3. Lawhead JB, Baker MC. Introduction to veterinary science. Clifton Park, NY, USA: Thomson Delmar Learning; 2005.

 

Article categories

 

AsiaIntervention does not accept case reports. Images in Cardiology are mostly presented in the context of a case but they are not a platform for case reports.

The following information should be noted for these categories:

 

Clinical and Preclinical, Experimental Research

Submitted manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words. If the authors exceed the word count, the Editors will not consider the manuscript for peer review. These papers should be divided into the following sections:

(1) Title page

(2) 3 part Abstract

(3) Classifications

(4) Condensed abstract

(5) Abbreviations

(6) Introduction

(7) Methods

(8) Results

(9) Discussion and limitations

(10) Conclusion

(11) Impact on daily practice

(12) Acknowledgements, if appropriate

(13) Funding

(14) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(15) References, no ‘et al’

(16) Figure legends

(17) Tables in text form

(18) Figures

(19) Appendices and online data supplement legends, if applicable

 

You may find it useful to use the above list as a checklist. Please make sure that information provided in the manuscript are identical with your submission in editorial manager.

The names of the authors (full given name, middle initial, and surname) and the classifications (the keywords) that are entered on your manuscript should be an exact match to those entered into Editorial Manager.

 

Expert reviews

Submitted manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words. If the authors exceed the word count, the Editors will not consider the manuscript for peer review. These papers should be divided into the following sections:

(1) Title page

(2) Narrative Abstract

(3) Classifications

(4) Condensed abstract

(5) Abbreviations

(6) Introduction

(7) Main text

(8) Conclusion

(9) Acknowledgements, if appropriate

(10) Funding

(11) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(12) References, no ‘et al’

(13) Figure legends

(14) Tables in text form

(15) Figures

(16) Appendices and online data supplement legends, if applicable

 

You may find it useful to use the above list as a checklist. Please make sure that information provided in the manuscript are identical with your submission in editorial manager.

The names of the authors (full given name, middle initial, and surname) and the classifications (the keywords) that are entered on your manuscript should be an exact match to those entered into Editorial Manager.

 

Special reports / First in man

Generally special reports are on an “invitation only” basis. However, incidental special reports are welcome. A special report is a paper based on a new technology applied in patient treatment and therefore is considered as the reporting of a “first-in-man” case. A special report should always include accompanying moving images. Special reports should not exceed 1,500 words. If the authors exceed the word count, the Editors will not consider the manuscript for peer review.

(1) Title page

(2) Narrative Abstract

(3) Classifications

(4) Condensed abstract

(5) Abbreviations

(6) Introduction

(7) Methods

(8) Results

(9) Discussion and limitations

(10) Conclusion

(11) Impact on daily practice

(12) Acknowledgements, if appropriate

(13) Funding

(14) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(15) References – 5 maximum

(16) Figure legends

(17) Tables in text form

(18) Figures

(19) Appendices and online data supplement legends, if applicable

 

You may find it useful to use the above list as a checklist. Please make sure that information provided in the manuscript are identical with your submission in editorial manager.

The names of the authors (full given name, middle initial, and surname) and the classifications (the keywords) that are entered on your manuscript should be an exact match to those entered into Editorial Manager.

 

Short report

In some cases, a short report might be considered for peer review. Short reports are generally updates of previously published trials. Short reports must not exceed 1,500 words with 2 tables and 2 figures. If the authors exceed the word count, the Editors will not consider the manuscript for peer review.

(1) Title page

(3) Classifications

(5) Abbreviations

(6) Introduction

(7) Methods

(8) Results

(9) Discussion and limitations

(10) Conclusion

(11) Impact on daily practice

(12) Acknowledgements, if appropriate

(13) Funding

(14) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(15) References – 5 maximum

(16) Figure legends

(17) Tables in text form – 2 maximum

(18) Figures – 2 maximum

(19) Appendices and online data supplement legends, if applicable

 

You may find it useful to use the above list as a checklist. Please make sure that information provided in the manuscript are identical with your submission in editorial manager.

The names of the authors (full given name, middle initial, and surname) and the classifications (the keywords) that are entered on your manuscript should be an exact match to those entered into Editorial Manager.

 

Image in cardiology

This category is reserved for exceptional high-quality images. The high-resolution image must be submitted accompanied by a description of no more than 250 words. References are not permitted. Authors are encouraged to submit moving images to accompany the figure for the online version. If the authors exceed the word count, the Editors will not consider the manuscript for peer review.

(1) Title page

(2) Classifications

(3) Main text  – 250 words maximum

(4) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(5) Figure – 1 maximum

(6) Appendices and online data supplement legends, if applicable

 

New innovation

The goal of the new innovation section is to describe a new innovation as it develops from its first appearance in the blueprints, through bench testing and animal models, leading to final use on patients. AsiaIntervention is particularly interested in technical descriptions of devices, since a common complaint from interventionalists is that devices often have poor or incomprehensible technical reports. Articles submitted under “New innovation” must not exceed 1,500 words. If the authors exceed the word count, the Editors will not consider the manuscript for peer review.

(1) Title page

(2) 3 parts Abstract

(3) Classification

(4) Condensed abstract

(5) Abbreviations

(6) Introduction

(7) Methods

(8) Results

(9) Discussion and limitations

(10) Conclusion

(11) Impact on daily practice

(12) Acknowledgements, if appropriate

(13) Funding

(14) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(15) References – 5 maximum

(16) Figure legends

(17) Tables in text form

(18) Figures

(19) Appendices and online data supplement legends, if applicable

 

You may find it useful to use the above list as a checklist. Please make sure that information provided in the manuscript are identical with your submission in editorial manager.

The names of the authors (full given name, middle initial, and surname) and the classifications (the keywords) that are entered on your manuscript should be an exact match to those entered into Editorial Manager.

 

Research Letter

A concise report of original research or observations in the form of a focussed letter which should be concise. Maximum 600 words with no more than 5 references. These papers should be divided into the following sections:

(1) Title page
(2) Main Text
(3) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – References – 5 maximum
(4) Figure legends
(5) Tables in text form
(6) Figures/Tables – 2 maximum

No Supplementary material permitted

You may find it useful to use the above list as a checklist. Please make sure that information provided in the manuscript are identical with your submission in editorial manager.

The names of the authors (full given name, middle initial, and surname) and the classifications (the keywords) that are entered on your manuscript should be an exact match to those entered into Editorial Manager.

 

Editorials

Generally an Editorial is on an “invitation only” basis.

Please do not submit unsolicited editorials.

All editorials should be limited to 1,500 words, with a maximum of 10 references. It is strongly recommended that Editorials are accompanied by an original figure or a table.

(1) Title page

(2) Main text

(3) Acknowledgements, if appropriate

(4) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(5) References – 10 maximum

(6) Figure legend

(7) Figure or table

(8) 2 Co-authors

 

Letter to editor

A letter to the Editor should be submitted within the 8 weeks following publication of the article in the Journal. The letter should not exceed 500 words and the Editors will solicit a reply from the authors of the article. They should have no tables or figures, and no original data may be included. Please note that the prerogative remains with the Editors to accept or decline the letter and the response for publication.

(1) Title page

(2) Main text

(3) Conflict of interest statement covering all authors – ICMJE forms available in our submission website

(4) References – 3 maximum

 

Case reports

AsiaIntervention does not publish case reports

 

Contacting us / author enquiries

Submission enquiries should be directed to the editorial office of the Journal:

Sylvie Lhoste, managing editor, editorial-office@asiaintervention.org