Focus and Scope

The “Folia Cardiologica” journal is a scientific and educational bimonthly targeted at both young and experienced cardiologists and internists, cardiology fellows, and medical students interested in cardiology. The journal publishes original clinical and experimental papers, interesting reviews of an educational nature, and case reports.

The “Young Cardiology” section presents interesting original papers, the first author of which is younger than 35 years of age. A new section entitled “Guidelines and Clinical Practice — a Discussion Forum for Cardiologists” presents difficult and debatable clinical cases encountered in everyday practice, reporting the diagnostic and therapeutic process and providing a platform for the exchange of views. Some papers are commented by prominent Polish clinicians who are experts in a given area. The “Cardiology Investigations” section reports on both established, well-known cardiovascular diagnostic tests and procedures and promising novel methods that still require their role and usefulness in cardiology to be determined. The “Evidence-Based Medicine — What’s New?” and “Current Literature Review” sections present news in cardiology.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal are evaluated as to whether they present scientific / educational merit within the announced topic. Received manuscripts are initially examined by the Journal editors. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected. Incomplete submissions or manuscripts not prepared in the required style are sent back to the authors without scientific review.

If manuscripts are accepted for review, they are evaluated by at least two outside referees. The peer review process is confidential and identities of authors and reviewers are not released. In cases author(s) of manuscripts and reviewers are no more anonymous, reviewers sign the declaration stating no conflict of interests, i.e. no direct personal relationships (first- and second-degree kinship, legal ties, relationship by marriage), superior/subordinate professional relations or direct scientific cooperation within the two years preceding the review. Referees are asked to provide a written review together with recommendation of acceptance, requirement for revision or rejection of the article. Review forms are available at the Journal web page. Names of reviewers of individual manuscripts are not revealed; the list of reviewers cooperating with the Journal is announced once a year. Final decisions as to whether the article is published remain with the Editor-in-Chief.  

Reviewers’ criteria for manuscripts qualification

    • Title reflects the subject undertaken
    • Assumptions are proper
    • Work of practical nature
    • Work of educational nature
    • Aims are clearly defined
    • Appropriate methodology*
    • Ethical criteria fulfilled*
    • Research-based work*
    • Results are adequately presented*
    • Statistical analysis is reliable*
    • Discussion refers to results*
    • Conclusions based on study findings*
    • Conclusions refer to aims*
    • Suitably chosen, proper number and up to date references
    • Proper length
    • All figures and tables are required
    • Standard of written English acceptable

* criteria exclusively for research papers

Authors’ statement

In order to gain exemption from liability to third parties, authors are obliged to attach the “authors’ statement” to the manuscripts sent.
The authors’ statement should be printed and signed and then scanned and sent to the editorial office.

Please note: if you fail to deliver the statement to the editorial office, your manuscript will not be accepted for publication.

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

The Editor is responsible for everything published in the journal. The Editor takes all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published. The Editor’s decision to accept or reject a paper for publication is based only on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity and the study’s relevance to the remit of the journal. The description of peer review process is published and clarified and the Editor is able and ready to justify any important deviation from the described process. The authors and peer reviewers’ identities are protected. The Editor provides guidance to authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them. The Editor does not reverse a decision to accept a submission unless serious problems are identified.

The relationship of the Editor to the publisher and owner is based firmly on the principle of editorial independence. The Editor makes decisions on which articles to publish based on quality and suitability for the journal and without interference from the journal owner/publisher.

The Editor can ensure that research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines. The Editor is able to protect the confidentiality of individual information.

The Editor has a duty to act if they suspect misconduct. The duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. The Editor should seek a response from those accused. If not satisfied with the response, the Editor should ask the relevant employers or some appropriate body to investigate.

Editors should have systems for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of their staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial board members.

Authors are forbidden to publish the same research in more than one journal.

Open Access Policy

Articles published on-line in the Journal are available in open access immediately after publication and are published under Creative Common Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) allowing to download articles and share them with others as long as they credit the authors and the publisher, but without permission to change them in any way or use them commercially.

Via Medica (Publisher) self-archiving policy establishes that authors can archive only accepted manuscripts including final PDF version and/or  'ahead of print' in any repository. In details, the author may only post their version provided acknowledgment is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Via Medica (Publisher) website. Apart from the link mentioned above, the acknowledgment should be provided with the full bibliographic record with DOI number.

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