Rules and Regulations – International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences
1. Name, Headquarters, Purpose and Duration
1.1. The International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences (IJCS), a scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC), is intended to support the journal Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia in the representation of Brazil’s scientific production.
1.2. The IJCS is an integral part of SBC and has its headquarters and venue in SBC’s Place of Business, and may set up, transfer or shut down any offices, branches and other facilities in any part of Brazil.
1.2.1. The IJCS has a branch at the Headquarters of SBC in Rio de Janeiro — RJ.
1.3. The purpose of IJCS is:
a) To publish scientific cardiovascular manuscripts with emphasis on original articles covering epidemiology aspects, multidisciplinary studies, evaluations of healthcare quality, clinical study designs and single-center and multicenter studies, contributing to disseminating scientific production about cardiovascular sciences.
1.4. The IJCS has an indefinite duration.
2. Editorial Board
2.1. The Editorial Board includes:
a) An Editor-in-Chief.
a) An Editorial Supervisor.
c) Associate Editors.
d) Council Members.
2.1.1. The Editor-in-Chief
126.96.36.199. The Editor-in-Chief is a medical professional responsible for conducting the journal’s editorial line and has the following duties:
a) Approving all materials published in the journal or developed for inclusion on the marketing pages, or in the form of inserts, by working along with associated editors.
b) Working within the budget approved by the Directors of SBC.
c) Making arrangements for all invitations for editorials and review articles.
d) Retaining and maintaining a body of Associate Editors for each field of knowledge.
e) Choosing the Editorial Supervisor.
f) Planning schedules with the journal staff and organizing regular meetings with each of the Associate Editors and with the Editorial Board to ensure communication and integration.
g) Attending the main scientific meetings of SBC and its affiliates, in order to select relevant articles for publication.
h) Representing the IJCS at the SBC Board meetings, whenever convened.
i) Achieving the qualitative growth goals set by the Board of SBC.
j) Submitting annual performance reports to the Board of SBC.
k) Helping the Commercial Team of SBC to raise funds from governmental and non-governmental funding entities to support the journal’s activities.
188.8.131.52. The Editor-in-Chief will be chosen through a public selection process.
184.108.40.206. The following are prerequisites for the post of Editor-in-Chief:
a) Having been an SBC member for over 10 years.
b) Holding the title of Specialist in Cardiology or Cardiovascular Surgery or Pediatric Cardiology.
c) Having strong academic qualifications in the field of Cardiology, including the title of Doctor of Medicine.
d) Having thorough and sound knowledge of cardiovascular medicine, its trends and recent developments.
e) Having demonstrated management and leadership skills.
f) Having experience in writing, editing and proofreading articles for printed or online publications as well as the ability to plan, coordinate and handle associated tasks.
g) Having computer skills, including the ability to deal with new communication technologies and making improvements to the journal’s activities.
h) Being familiar with the activities of SBC.
i) Having knowledge and experience in scientific methodologies.
j) Having the time required to complete any related tasks.
k) Being impartial in any potential conflicts of interest/ethics that may impair the independence of the editorial process.
220.127.116.11. The selection process for the Editor-in-Chief will be conducted by ConDarq through the following actions:
a) Public notice sent to all SBC members via an electronic communication system and published on the SBC website www.cardiol.br in the first half of the year, prior to the Editor-in-Chief’s end of term.
b) Receipt and analysis of résumés and qualifications by a committee appointed by the Board of SBC, including cardiologists from Brazil and abroad.
c) The Editor-in-Chief will sign a Service Agreement.
18.104.22.168. The Editor-in-Chief will be entitled to the monthly compensation to be set by the Board of SBC, which should consider the financial capacity of the Journal.
22.214.171.124. The Editor-in-Chief will report to the Board of SBC.
126.96.36.199. The Editor-in-Chief may be dismissed by the President of SBC after consultations with the Editorial Board.
188.8.131.52. The Editor-in-Chief’s term of office will run for four (4) years and may be renewed by publishing a public calling for applications.
184.108.40.206. The Editor-in-Chief will have the authority to determine the editorial content of the journal and the concept of editorial freedom must be championed by the editors. The Board of SBC shall not interfere with the appraisal, selection or editing of individual articles, either directly or by creating an environment that influences decisions. The Editors shall support their decisions on the relevance of the articles and their importance to the readers, rather than on the commercial success of the journal. The Editors should feel free to express critical yet responsible views on all aspects of medicine without worrying about retaliation.
2.1.2. The Editorial Supervisor
220.127.116.11. The Editorial Supervisor shall be either a medical professional or not. The Editorial Supervisor shall be responsible for the journal’s technical affairs, including the administration of the whole process of submission, receipt, analysis, review, desktop publishing, translation, printing, publication and distribution of the articles submitted to IJCS.
18.104.22.168. The Editorial Supervisor shall be chosen by the Editor-in-Chief through a public selection process.
22.214.171.124. The Editorial Supervisor must have the following qualifications:
a) Experience in editing and reviewing articles for printed or online technical publications, and the ability to plan, coordinate and handle associated tasks.
b) Management and leadership skills.
c) Computer skills, including the ability to deal with new communication technologies and making improvements to the journal’s activities.
126.96.36.199. The Editorial Supervisor shall work 40 hours per week at the headquarters of the IJCS.
188.8.131.52. The Editorial Supervisor is be entitled to a monthly compensation, considering the average market rates paid to workers of similar profile, as well as the financial capacity of the Journal and SBC’s career & compensation framework.
184.108.40.206. The Editorial Supervisor shall achieve the qualitative growth goals set by the IJCS Editor-in-Chief.
220.127.116.11. The Editorial Supervisor shall submit annual performance reports to the IJCS Editor-in-Chief.
18.104.22.168. The Editorial Supervisor shall help the Commercial Team of SBC to raise funds to support the journal’s activities.
2.1.3. The Associate Editors
22.214.171.124. The Associate Editors will be divided into thematic areas:
a) Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.
b) Cardiovascular Imaging.
c) Clinical Cardiology.
d) Interventional Cardiology.
e) Integrative Imaging.
f) Integrative Imaging.
g) Ergometry and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
h) Cardiovascular Physiology.
i) Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy.
126.96.36.199. The Associate Editors’ duties are:
a) Support the Editor-in-Chief on planning the journal’s editorial line.
b) Analyzing, with conscientious scientific and technical rigor, within their areas of expertise, the articles approved by the Board of Reviewers, offering suggestions for modifications and adjustments aiming at their improvement for publication.
c) Nominate guest authors to write editorials based on original articles approved, and nominate authors for thematic reviews.
188.8.131.52. The Associate Editors are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief from among the Editorial Board members every four (4) years, which may be extended.
2.1.4. Editorial Board Members
184.108.40.206. The Editorial Board of IJCS includes up to 72 members selected by the Board of Directors of SBC, including cardiologists from Brazil and abroad.
220.127.116.11. Members of the National Editorial Board will be selected according to the following criteria:
a) Having been an SBC member for over 10 years.
b) Holding the Title of Specialist in Cardiology or Cardiovascular Surgery or Pediatric Cardiology.
c) Having thorough and sound knowledge of cardiovascular medicine, its trends and recent developments.
d) Having experience in writing, editing and proofreading articles for printed or online publications.
e) Having strong academic qualifications in the field of Cardiology, including at least one (1) original scientific publication in a PubMed/Medline indexed journal over the four (4) years preceding the selection process.
f) Being familiar with evidence-based medicine.
18.104.22.168. The Editorial Board members will be chosen by considering the proportion of SBC voting members in each state, every four (4) years, respecting some qualitative requirements (scientific production, academic activity).
22.214.171.124. The term of office of Editorial Board members may be renewed from time to time, according to the following criteria:
a) Scientific production consisting of at least one (1) scientific article every 4 years.
b) Level of response to requests for review opinions.
c) Attendance at the Editorial Board meetings.
d) Level of fulfillment of other tasks assigned.
126.96.36.199 The duties of the Editorial Board members are:
a) To assist the editors in pursuing the journal’s editorial line.
b) To write Editorials whenever invited.
c) To attend the Editorial Board meetings convened by the Editor.
188.8.131.52. The Editorial Board will meet annually at the Brazilian Congress of Cardiology and, on special occasions, whenever convened by the Editor-in-Chief.
3. Body of Reviewers
3.1. The Editor-in-Chief will select the IJCS reviewers from among professionals from Brazil and abroad.
3.2. To maintain the status of reviewer, the following criteria must be met:
a) Regular article reviews provided to the journal.
b) Reviews delivered with high scientific and methodological quality
3.3. At the end of each volume of the journal, the list of reviewers who collaborated in the immediately preceding period will be published.
3.4. The reviewers’ duties are:
a) Reviewing the articles from a scientific and methodological point of view, recommending the authors to make amendments and suggesting the Editors to give priority to the publication.
b) Identifying and suggesting potential conflicts of interest of the authors in the study.
4. Financial and commercial policy
4.1. The IJCS will be maintained with its own resources, complemented by funding from SBC as needed.
4.2. The IJCS will be funded with the following sources:
a) Sale of advertisements.
b) Sale of advertisements on websites.
c) Sale of article offprints.
d) Funds transferred from SBC, resulting from membership fees.
e) Funds injected from foundations and non-governmental organizations.
f) Sources of governmental funding.
4.3. The Commercial team of SBC is responsible for raising funds for the journal and may be supported by the Editors and the Editorial Supervisor.
4.4. The inclusion of advertising material in Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief, in compliance with the regulatory standards for medical advertising established by government entities and the international standards established for biomedical journals, as set out in the document “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” www.icmje.org.
4.5. It is not allowed to sell advertising related to the publication of scientific articles.
4.6. It is not allowed to publish any advertisements immediately after any scientific articles about the topic addressed in the ad, as this may suggest some sort of IJCS endorsement of the product advertised.
4.7. Any promotional materials can be inserted on the inside pages and on the inside front cover, inside back cover, and inside back cover.
5. Conflict of interest policy
5.1. Potential conflicts of interest are considered the relationship of an author, either directly or indirectly through the institution promoting the research, with companies that may benefit from the findings of the study.
5.2. The following types of relationship are considered to be potentially conflicting and must be declared if, in the past two years, either of the authors:
a) Received any fees for consulting work, lectures, copywriting or any other types of paid services provided to the product manufacturer.
b) Received any assistance from the product manufacturer (research funds, supply of equipment, drugs, labor) related to the project under consideration or any other project involving the same product.
c) Received assistance from the product manufacturer for participation in congresses.
d) Has held shares from the product manufacturer.
e) If the product manufacturer was involved in data collection, analysis, interpretation or writing.
f) Is employed by a company that may benefit directly or indirectly from the findings of the study.
5.3. The authors must inform the sources of any research funding (whether they come from research funding agencies, non-profit organizations and institutions, self-funding or private sponsorship).
5.4. The authors must inform, in case of external sponsor involvement, if they participated in the study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation or writing.
5.5. The lead author must state whether they had any access to all study data and whether they are taking responsibility for the decision to submit the article.
5.6. All coauthors must fill out a declaration of conflicting interests.
5.6.1. Failure to fill out the form for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest prevents the publication of the article.
5.6.2. If the declaration is reported to have been filled out with untruthful details, the author’s name will be referred to the SBC Electoral Legislation and Professional Ethics Commission.
6. Desktop publishing
6.1. Desktop publishing will follow international standards for biomedical journals, as set out in the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” www.icmje.org
6.2. Tables, figures and charts should follow the standard set out in the IJCS standards for publication.
7.1. IJCS is published online in English and is available on the Internet at www.cardiol.br.
7.2. Authors must submit their articles in English. Any articles that have been first submitted to Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia in Portuguese and referred to IJCS may, with the author’s acceptance, be translated for the IJCS. The author must inform by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org five (5) calendar days whether the translation will be done through the journal or independently.
7.3. Articles submitted in English will be sent to international medical writers for review.
8. Publishing format
8.1 IJCS will be published electronically.
8.2. The electronic version will contain original articles, editorials, review articles, brief communications, views, case reports and letters to the editor.
9. SBC Scientific Publishing Award
9.1. IJCS will award the best studies published throughout the year in each thematic area, to be named “SBC Scientific Publishing Award”.
9.2. The rules and regulations of the SBC Award will be available on the journal’s website.
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