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Journal Content and Features

Letters to the Editor

  • Imaging
  • Pharmacologic therapy
  • Interventional therapy
  • Surgical therapy
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Pathophysiology
  • Mechanical properties of the aorta
  • Natural history and Epidemiology
  • Case Reports

Promising Concepts (This feature provides a specific opportunity to showcase extremely promising new approaches, even before large clinical trials or even large single institution series have been amassed. If a novel approach appears promising, this feature can disseminate the idea for general consideration. Readers can get exposure to techniques they may choose to apply before reports would appear in traditional journals.)

Images in Aortic Disease (This segment provides an opportunity to showcase dramatic images (radiographic, surgical, laboratory, etc.))

“How I Do It” (A purely feature, for both surgical and interventional techniques.)

“What I Did” (A feature spot-­lighting dramatic and/or controversial surgical or interventional procedures.)

“Ask the Editors” (A feature in which readers ask questions of the Editors in any of the topic categories of the journal. One editor replies. This an opportunity to get detailed answers to difficult questions; questions will be selected to be of general interest to readers.)

“Poll the Editorial Board” (A feature in which readers ask questions and the journal provides a poll of answers from the Editorial Board. In this way, thought and practice patterns of experts are assessed. (eg. “Which method of brain protection do you use in deep hypothermic circulatory arrest for arch resection: Antegrade perfusion, Retrograde perfusion, straight hypothermic arrest?”)

Every Day's a School Day: Pearls & Pitfalls Learned Along the Way (This section provides a forum for exchanging pearls & pitfalls, tips & techniques that we all acquire over the course of our career; a chance to share with colleagues those moments when you've thought, "I wish I had known/realized/thought of this before..")

Roundtable Discussion (Controversial topics are addressed in a roundtable format, with one editor leading a discussion among three or four authorities with differing. The discussions are recorded, edited, and transcribed in this segment.)

Historical Perspective (A key historical paper is reprinted, and the author is interviewed to provide his perspective, looking back and looking forward.)

State-­of-­the-Art Reviews (Key authors and key topics are summarized, with references.)

PRO-­CON Debates (Key authors and key topics are debated by authorities, followed by an editor’s scorecard on the debate.)

Basic Science for the Clinician (A basic scientist explains in intelligible terms methods, techniques, and concepts from the basic sciences. This feature permits cross-fertilization of ideas and enhances communication between scientists and clinicians.)

New Technology (This segment is intended to keep the readership aware of new technical advances. This provides an opportunity for industry to showcase new products and technologies, and for the clinician to become aware of these developments.)

Book Reviews

Upcoming Meetings (Lists meetings within the scope of the journal.)

On-­going Clinical Trials (This feature provides a running list of clinical trials currently enrolling patients with aortic diseases.)

Note: 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 should speed and enhance the reader’s assimilation of data.

Note: Social Networking: The journal will include 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 is expected to add 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 network abilities of the present era.

Note: Not all features will appear in all issues.