The following minimum submission requirements have been developed for the full AHA/ASA journal portfolio. Please review the guidelines carefully as manuscripts that do not adhere to the submission requirements may be returned to the authors. Our goal in developing these guidelines is to reduce the burden on authors of extensive reformatting while ensuring that manuscripts are complete and relatively uniform to allow for consistent and thorough review by editors and reviewers.
Online submission is required for all AHA/ASA journals. A full list of all 12 journal submission sites and links to individual journal authors instructions is available here.
We will consider initial Original Research Article submissions that are not formatted according to AHA Journal standards. Detailed submission guidelines, including word and display item limits by article type, can be found in individual journal Author Instructions; however, Original Research manuscripts will only be returned to authors if they do not meet the following format-free Minimum Submission Requirements:
Additional details have been provided below for reference, as needed.
Please provide the following items with submission:
The following are additional manuscript preparation guidelines for the AHA/ASA journal portfolio. Please note that these guidelines are provided as an aid and authors that adhere to the Minimum Submission Requirements provided above will have their manuscript considered for review.
Organize manuscripts in this order:
Number all pages—including Figures with legends and Tables. Abbreviations must be defined at first mention.
It is recommended for manuscripts to be typed, double-spaced using a 12-point font, including references, figure legends, and tables. Leave 1-inch margins on all sides.
The first page of the manuscript (title page) should contain these elements:
Authorship Criteria and Responsibilities: The AHA Journals follow the recommendations of the ICMJE on authorship and contributorship. Credit for authorship requires substantial contributions to: conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and final approval of the version to be published. Prior to publication, authors will need to attest that they fulfil the authorship criteria and identify their contributions to the work described in the manuscript.
If a revision is requested, all authors must complete an Author Conflict of Interest Disclosure Questionnaire and Copyright Transfer or License Agreement prior to acceptance and publication. As of May 2021, all AHA Journals use Convey to facilitate the disclosure process; for more information, please review the support page on Conflict of Interest Disclosures for Authors. If an author dies prior to completing these forms, a policy has been developed to address how to handle potential issues and is available online.
One author should be designated as the corresponding author for the submission, peer review, and production process, and they will be identified as such in the published article.
NEW Name Change Policy: AHA/ASA Journals will consider name change requests without requiring a correction notice for reasons including, but not limited to, gender identity, marriage, divorce, and religious conversion. For more information and instructions for submitting a request, please visit the AHA/ASA Journal Name Change Policy page.
ORCiD: All corresponding authors of articles accepted to AHA Journals will be required to link an ORCID iD to their profile in the AHA Journal submission system prior to publication.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is an international, not-for-profit organization created for the benefit of researchers, research organizations, funders, and publishers. An ORCID iD is a 16-digit persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The AHA Journals will join other journal portfolios and grant funders (including the AHA and NIH) in enacting this requirement, which will disambiguate authors and will help authors maintain a persistent record of their publications.
To register with ORCID or link your profile to your ORCID iD, please go to “Modify Profile/Password” on the submission site homepage of any AHA Journal, and click the link in the “ORCID” section. We encourage all authors to create and/or link their ORCID iD to their profile.
Any collaborators who need to be indexed in PubMed should be listed either as authors or, for author/study groups, in the main manuscript file in an Appendix Section. Include the Appendix section immediately before the Reference section and include only names of authors listed in the byline or names of group or committee members where the group or committee is listed in the byline. The Appendix section should contain the names of such individuals only; no contact information should be provided. If contributors do not need to be listed as authors or indexed in PubMed, then they may be included in the PDF Supplemental Material File. To confirm, any author/study groups listed in Supplemental Material will not be indexed in PubMed.
Please create a list of nonstandard abbreviations and nonstandard acronyms used in the manuscript text. The list should be included in the manuscript and placed after the abstract, before the Introduction. The list should be entitled “Non-standard Abbreviations and Acronyms.” Its content will not count toward the word limit. AHA Journals follow AMA style for standard and non-standard abbreviations and acronyms (http://www.amamanualofstyle.com). All abbreviations and acronyms should be expanded upon first use in the text, and thereafter the abbreviation/acronym should be used.
The methods section should provide sufficient detail for the experiments to be reproduced and should provide sufficient information for the reader to understand the basic methods of the study and to review the fundamental findings in a mechanistic way; as needed, additional methods and information may be included as Supplemental Material. Please refer to the AHA Journals Research Guidelines for additional guidance as needed.
The following information should be included as appropriate:
The following should be formatted as three distinct sections:
a) Acknowledgments: This area is to acknowledge contributions to the manuscript. All persons acknowledged must have seen and approved mention of their names in the article, as readers may infer their endorsement of data and conclusions; as such, acknowledged individuals must provide written (email) acknowledgment of their agreement to be included before acceptance. Emails from persons acknowledged can be forwarded to the editorial office or sent directly from the person. Please ensure the manuscript number is included in all correspondence.
b) Sources of Funding: State funding that supported the studies. Please include all sources of research support, including public and private entities, commercial or institutional support, and any substantial contributions by individuals. All grant funding agency abbreviations should be completely spelled out, with the exception of NIH.
c) Disclosures: All actual or potential perceived conflicts of interests should be stated as outlined in the AHA’s Conflict of Interest Procedures. If authors have nothing to disclose, they must state "None".
AHA Journals use a numbered endnote style for references (examples below), which should be cited in numerical order according to first mention in the text, including Figure and Table legends, followed by references that are cited in the Supplemental Material only. When possible, list any reference cited in a table or figure legend in the reference list according to where the table or figure is cited in the text.
NEW: Supplementary Materials should not include a separate reference list and all citations in the Supplemental Materials should be included in the main reference list.
For initial review, it is preferred (but not required) that each figure and its corresponding legend should be presented together on its own page within the manuscript PDF, if possible. Full resolution figure files are not required at initial submission; figures for review can be uploaded as a single PDF or part of a complete manuscript PDF. For additional information on preparing figures for revisions and/or accepted manuscripts, please refer to individual journal author instructions and the AHA Journals Figure Guidelines.
In general, authors should adhere to the following guidelines when preparing their figures:
All table(s) in the main manuscript document should be included as text, not as an image. Table(s) are counted in the word limit.
Supplemental Material must be submitted at the time of original manuscript submission.
All original Supplemental Material should be provided as a combined PDF labeled accordingly. Please note that this single PDF would include all of the supplemental material related to your manuscript, except for file types that cannot be converted to PDF such as video files or large data sets. Videos must be provided in a filetype that is playable on most devices, including PC and Mac computers and mobile. We recommend the use of MP4 video files (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v extensions) or the .mov filetype.
Supplemental Materials should not include a separate reference list and all citations in the Supplemental Materials should be included in the main reference list.
In the manuscript text, following the Acknowledgments, Sources of Funding, & Disclosures section, please include a list of the supplemental materials with a callout to any references that are in the Supplemental Material only, for example:
Major Resources Table
Additional supplemental material provided for review only, such as any overlapping publications, previously published abstracts, and submitted or in press references mentioned in the manuscript, should be provided a separate PDFs.
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