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Guidelines for Authors

Editorial Office

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John A. Elefteriades, MD
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General Information

The Editors of AORTA are pleased to welcome submissions in the form of original articles, brief communications, letters to the Editor, review articles, and submission in other categories (see below) on topics pertaining to the aorta and its first order branches. We welcome multi-disciplinary submissions dealing with anatomy, pathology, pathophysiology, embryology, imaging, clinical care, surgical care, endovascular care, genetics, molecular genetics, engineering analysis, and technical innovations or products. We welcome review articles and State-of-the-Art reviews. The Editors aim specifically to appeal to a broad variety of disciplines and specialties and to bring these disciplines together for cross-fertilization of ideas.

Editorial Policies

Review: At least two reviewers will be assigned to each full-length article. We aim to provide feedback to the authors within six weeks of receipt of the manuscript.

Criteria: Submissions will be judged on scientific merit, quality of expression, relevance and interest to the readership, novelty viv-a-vis the previously published literature, clarity of illustrations, and originality. We are pleased to accept early stage investigations and interesting clinical and/or technical reports. See below for the categories of manuscripts encouraged.

Authorship and Scientific Responsibility: Please limit the authors to those who have contributed in a substantive way to the research and the manuscript. All authors accept responsibility for the content.

AORTA will not accept submissions for which the authors did not have complete freedom in the conduct of their research and the drafting of the corresponding manuscript.

After submission of the manuscript, authors can be added or deleted only upon written permission of all initially listed authors.

Conflict of Interest: All authors must submit a Conflict of Interest Disclosure form, available on the electronic submission site, or at http://www.scienceinternational.org.

Informed Consent: AORTA adheres to the principles set forth in the Helsinki Declaration and holds that all reported research conducted with human participants should be conducted in accordance with such principles. Reports describing data obtained from research conducted in human participants must contain a statement in the Methods section indicating approval by the institutional review board.

Humane Animal Care: All papers reporting experiments using animals must include a statement in the Methods section giving assurance that all animals have received humane care in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html).

Copyright Statement: Authors must complete the Copyright form available on the site for electronic submission or at http://www.scienceinternational.org.

Specific Guidelines

Original Research Article: We encourage submission of Original Research articles based on clinical or laboratory work in any of the disciplines related to the aorta and its branches. The entire paper, including Abstract, Manuscript, References, and Figure Legends should not exceed 4000 words. The abstract is limited to 300 words. Except for Review articles, references should not exceed 25. Figures should not exceed 8 except in special circumstances. Authors should not exceed 7 except in special circumstances that must be approved by the Editors.

  • A “Three Questions” section will follow each major article, in which the Editors ask the authors key questions, for which brief, concise answers are expected. This feature is designed to anticipate questions that each reader may have on his mind after digesting a particular article. These questions will be sent to you in written form along with the letter of acceptance to the journal.
  • An Editor’s Commentary (by one of the Editorial board members) will follow each major article, to provide a concise summary of key findings, to express concerns or limitations of the paper, and to provide overall perspective on the topic. This feature will speed and enhance the reader’s assimilation of data.

Case Reports: Reports of interesting cases are encouraged. Manuscripts may be up to 1500 words, with up to three figures and 8 references.

Promising Concepts: We encourage the submission of manuscripts reporting novel approaches to clinical or surgical problems in the early stages of development, often before large series are accomplished. Guidelines for such submissions follow the format for Original Research Articles.

Engineering Page: We encourage reports from engineers working on biological tissues related to the aorta, on grafts or graft materials, or on mechanical devices applicable to aortic care. Please ascertain that all terminology and concepts are rendered in forms accessible to and of interest to the clinical reader.

Images in Aortic Disease: We encourage submission of interesting or unusual images in aortic disease, by any modality (chest x-ray, echocardiogram, CT scan, MRI scan, PET scan, photograph, or other). Accompanying text should be limited to 500 words.

“How I Do It”: We encourage submissions about novel or unusual approaches to surgical or interventional problems. These are limited to 1500 words and are expected to be well illustrated.

What I Did”: We encourage your submission of extraordinary or unusual clinical approaches, be they surgical or inteventional, which you might describe colloquially to a colleague as “You won’t believe what I did….” We feel that the entire readership will often benefit from exposure to your innovative work. P lease feel free to include submissions concerning how you “got out of trouble” in a difficult situation.

Historical Perspective: We encourage submissions that provide historical perspectives on aortic assessment and care. We feel that it is important to learn from the past, especially in the words of those who made the advances in earlier eras. These articles will often be invited by the Editorial Board, but spontaneous submissions are welcome as well.

State-of-the-Art Reviews: We encourage review articles that clearly and comprehensively summarize a topic and provide useful guidelines for researchers or practitioners. These articles will often be invited by the Editorial Board, but spontaneous submissions are welcome as well.

Basic Science for the Clinician: We welcome papers that review basic science investigations and modalities (eg. genetics, engineering, molecular biology) in language accessible to a clinical audience. These articles will often be invited by the Editorial Board, but spontaneous submissions are welcome as well.

New Technology: We encourage announcement of new technical products available or soon to be released that are relevant to aortic care. Submissions must emphasize scientific and clinical merit in a non-commercial fashion. Objective and non-commercial presentation will be obligated by the Editorial Board.

Roundtable Discussions: We will regularly convene experts in a particular discipline, often from different points of view (eg. surgical and endovascular) to opine in live discussions on clinical or scientific issues. These discussions will then be transcribed into text for the readership. These segments will often be organized by the Editors, but spontaneous submissions and suggestions are welcome.

PRO-CON Debates: We will frequently pit opposing thought leaders against each other in (we hope “heated”) text debates on controversial topics. These segments will often be organized by the Editors, but spontaneous submissions and suggestions are welcome.

Poll the Editors: It is often instructive to know how a panel of experts approaches a controversial or evolving clinical topic (e.g. methods of brain protection). We encourage readers to submit questions of such a nature to be submitted to a poll of our Editorial Board. We will publish the results, along with brief, pithy, especially pertinent comments from individual Editors that may emerge during the polling.

Letters to the Editor: We encourage Letters to the Editor, which comment on, either to corroborate or refute or expand on, articles published in earlier issues. Such letters should not exceed 500 words, with 1 figure, 1 table, and no more than 5 references.

Regular Features

Other regular features will be populated by the Editorial Board, but we welcome submissions, announcements, or suggestions from the readership. These include:

  • Book Reviews
  • Upcoming Meetings
  • On-going Clinical Trials

On-line interaction and Social Networking

The journal includes the capacity for instant “social networking”, whereby a reader can communicate a message immediately to the author of an article, to a member of the Editorial Board, or to the manufacturer of a mentioned product by automatic link. This feature adds to the appeal of the journal by permitting readers to gain access to additional information, clarifications, or advice on specific patients—as well as affording the opportunity to communicate differences of opinion or objections to information or points of view. This should all make for a lively, interactive, modern journal environment that makes full use of the networking abilities of the modern era.

The journal AORTA is specifically intended to be a living, interactive entity. We encourage and support on-line interaction.

We look forward to on-line social networking. Submissions will be chosen selectively for the Editorial Board to reply and comment, depending on general interest and clinical importance to the readership.

Manuscript Preparation

Title Page: This should include a clear, concise, interesting title, authors and affiliations, corresponding author and contact information, three key words, and word count (all inclusive).

Abstract: This should follow the format Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The word limit is 300.


Reference format should conform to that set forth in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (www.icmje.org/index.html) and journal abbreviations should conform to the style used in the Cumulated Index Medicus. The style of citation should be as follows:

  • Journals: authors' last names and initials; title of article; journal name; date; volume number, and inclusive pages (list all authors when six or fewer; when seven or more, list six and add et al).

Johnson HG, Fanning PS, McIntyre JG. Adverse predictors in aortic disease. J Cardiovasc Inter. 2009;112:667-672.

  • Books: authors' last names and initials; chapter title, editor's name, book title, edition, city, publisher, date, and pages:

Lutz, H. H. Pylori footprints in the aortic wall. In: Harris EH and Bondy G. Primer on Aortic Diseases, 4th Edition. New York: Academic Press; 2007, p. 98-104.

  • Online Media: Authors' last names and initials [if avaialble]. Title of the citable document or media source. Available at [Link]. Accessed on [Date]

Smith J, Allen S. 1996 NRC Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Available at http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/labrats/contents.html. Accessed on November 9, 2011.

For more details about various types of reference formatting please visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/.

Tables: Define all abbreviations. Place a brief legend under each table. Do not duplicate information already in the text.

Video Clips and Animations

Video clips should be in one of the following formats: AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV or animated GIF. Authors should opt for the minimum frame size and number of images that are consistent with a reasonably effective on-screen presentation. Video clips with sound are acceptable. Authors should submit online videos or movies as separate supplemental data files, with accompanying captions, and should not integrate them into a custom-written Web page or presentation. Authors should make every effort to keep file sizes reasonable (~10MB or less) and should carefully consider whether the material is genuinely essential to the paper in question. Authors must also provide a still image from each video file in TIFF, EPS or JPG format.