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Focus and Scope

Polish Heart Journal (Kardiologia Polska) is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Polish Cardiac Society (PTK, Polskie Towarzystwo Kardiologiczne) published monthly since 1957. It aims to provide a platform for sharing knowledge in cardiology, from basic science to translational and clinical research on cardiovascular diseases. 

Peer Review Process

The journal uses the single-blind review system, in which the identity of the authors is disclosed to the reviewers. All reviews have to be submitted through the online submission system Editorial Manager. The instructions on how to submit a review, with a login and password, are included in the invitation letter sent from the system. On accepting the invitation, the reviewer is asked to: provide overall recommendation (accept, reject, or revise); provide an overall manuscript rating by assigning from 1 to 100 points; and addtionally rate the manuscript by assigning from 1 to 5 points for each of the following rating questions:

1. The subject addressed in this article is worthy of investigation.

2. The information presented was new.

3. The conclusions were supported by the data.

4. The methodology and statistical analysis were appropriate.

The reviewer is also asked to provide blind comments to author and confidential comments to the editor (including the conflict of interest statement and a detailed account of the strengths and weaknesses of the study). Detailed instructions on how to complete the review form are available on logging onto the system. 

A tutorial for reviewers using the Editorial Manager system can be found here.

Advertising Policy

Polish Heart Journal (Kardiologia Polska) will accept advertising for services and products that are of value to readers in their professions. Distinction between advertising and editorial content should be easy. Polish Heart J does not allow advertising to influence editorial decisions. Online advertising or sponsorship should not impede users’ access to editorial content. Journal accepts advertising from competitors. Advertisements and sponsorship must be legal, trustworthy and comply with the relevant industry codes, laws and regulations.

Authors' Rights

Author Rights for Scholarly Purposes

Authors retain Author Rights and no rights in patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights are transferred to the Copyright Owner. The Author Rights include the right to use the Preprint, Accepted Manuscript and the Published Article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and for Scholarly Sharing. In the case of the Accepted Manuscript and the Published Journal Article the Author Rights exclude Commercial Use other than use by the author in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works or to extend the Article to book length form or re-use by the author of portions or excerpts in other works (with full acknowledgment of the original publication of the Article).

Accepted Manuscript

The Accepted Manuscript should not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the Published Journal Article. The Accepted Manuscript should include a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI and should bear a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND or CC BY license.

Internal Institutional Use

Use by the author's institution for classroom teaching at the institution and for internal training purposes (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic, and use in course packs and courseware programs, but not in MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses) and inclusion of the Article in applications for grant funding or for patent applications. For authors employed by companies, the use by that company for internal training purposes.

Personal Use

Use by an author in the author’s classroom teaching (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic) or presentation by an author at a meeting or conference (including distribution of copies to the delegates attending such meeting), distribution of copies (including through e-mail) to known research colleagues for their personal use, use in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works, inclusion in a thesis or dissertation, preparation of other derivative works such as extending the Article to book-length form, or otherwise using or re-using portions or excerpts in other works (with full acknowledgment of the original publication of the Article).

Online first

Author’s own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer reviewed, nor had any other value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy editing, technical enhancements, and the like). Preprints should not be added to or enhanced in any way in order to appear more like, or to substitute for, the Published Journal Article.

Published Journal Article

The definitive final record of published research that appears or will appear in the journal and embodies all value-adding publisher activities including peer review co-ordination, copy-editing, formatting, (if relevant) pagination, and online enrichment.

Scholarly Sharing

Online first: Sharing of online first by an author on any website or repository at any time. When the Article is accepted, the author is encouraged to include a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI. 

Accepted Manuscript: immediately on acceptance: sharing of the Accepted Manuscript by an author via the author’s non-commercial personal homepage or blog, also via the author’s research institute or institutional repository for Internal Institutional Use or as part of an invitation-only research collaboration work-group.

Published Journal Article: the author may share a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI or may share the Published Journal Article privately with students or colleagues for their personal use, or privately as part of an invitation-only work group on commercial sites with which the publisher has a hosting agreement. Additionally theses and dissertations which contain embedded Published Journal Articles as part of the formal submission may be hosted publicly by the awarding institution with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI. Any other sharing of Published Journal Articles is by agreement with the Publisher only.

Reversion of rights
Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later rejected in the publication process. In such cases all rights will revert to the author.

Open Access Policy

Articles published on-line in the Journal are available in open access immediately after publication and are published under one of the following Creative Commons licenses:

A.CC BY 4.0: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

This is a worldwide, free of charge, nonexclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce and share the Work, in whole or in part; and produce, reproduce, and share derived works based on the Work, including commercial purposes, provided the original work is properly cited.

B. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International

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.

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