Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology

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Edited By: John D. Fisher

Impact Factor: 1.486

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 50/77 (Engineering Biomedical); 95/126 (Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems)

Online ISSN: 1540-8159

Author Guidelines


PACE publishes clinical and research, peer-reviewed, original and review communications in cardiac pacing, clinical and basic cardiac electrophysiology, cardioversion-defibrillation, the electrical stimulation of other organs, cardiac assist, and, in general, the management of cardiac arrhythmias. Submit online to: http:/ Complete instructions for preparing and submitting manuscripts online are provided at this submission site. Please use any major word processing software (PDF format is NOT acceptable). For assistance, please click “get help now” or contact our support staff by phone at 1-434-964-4100 or via e-mail to

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The letter of submission (cover letter) must affirm that the manuscript is not under simultaneous consideration elsewhere and has not been previously published in similar form. PACE policy is in accord with HEART Group Notification Regarding Redundant Publication, PACE 1997; 20: 1894–1895. No part of a paper, published by PACE, may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the author(s) and the publisher. The author(s) is responsible for the entire manuscript. PACE (editor(s) and publisher) disclaims all responsibility for such material. No product or service advertised in this publication or any claims made by the manufacturers are guaranteed or warranted by the Editor(s) or the publisher. Authors must disclose all associations (either commercial or industrial) that may pose a conflict of interest. All individual affiliations should be acknowledged. Industrial employees may not evaluate or comment about the products of a competitor.
Claims of priority: Authors should make no claims of priority or novelty and avoid terms such as “new,” “novel,” or “first”. The editor reserves the right to remove these claims. A manuscript concerning patients requires medical authorship; an animal study requires a medical or veterinary practitioner. In unusual circumstances the editor may grant a waiver. The name(s) and address(es) of the manufacturer(s) or supplier(s), and the generic name, should be supplied for a trademarked or registered item. Do not use a trademarked term as a generic, e.g., Marker Channel TM, a trademarked term and do not use any commercial name in the title.
An excellent reference is Where Uniform Requirements differ from PACE Instructions, PACE prevails. The AMA Style Manual is a useful reference.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

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For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

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Online submissions follow the directions at http:/ These do not supersede the general style and formatting detailed below. Please prepare the manuscript file as you would a paper copy for review with a title page, abstract, complete text, tables, figure legends, figures and references all together in a single electronic file before uploading. Manuscript should be submitted double spaced, with 1-inch margins, A4 paper size. Add page numbers and line numbers, in increments of 5, to the entire manuscript and any future revisions. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek appropriate linguistic help.

Title Page
Some information will be duplicated during the electronic submission. The manuscript title page should include a manuscript title (maximum 120 characters), short title (3-5 words) full name(s), highest academic degree(s), and work affiliation(s), and full disclosure of all information about financial support, i.e., applicable grants and contracts for each author. Include the name, full address, fax and e-mail of the person responsible for correspondence and reprints.

Names department(s) and institution(s) of all authors. Credit for authorship should be based on: [1] substantial contributions to research design, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data; [2] drafting the paper or revising it critically; [3] approval of the submitted and final versions. Authors should meet all three criteria.

Corresponding author
Name, address, email address, telephone and fax numbers. (Corresponding author should take responsibility for communicating with all other authors and getting their approval for the final version to be published. During online submission corresponding authors can nominate an individual, who may or may not be an author, to assist them with administration of the publication process.)

Author contributions
Recommendation: Include a short description of each authors’ contribution immediately before your references. (Examples of categories for authors’ contributions: Concept/design, Data analysis/interpretation, Drafting article, Critical revision of article, Approval of article, Statistics, Funding secured by, Data collection, Other.)

Structured Abstract
Full-length articles should include an abstract of fewer than 250 words which is a précis of the manuscript and contains all information and results and is not an introduction to the remainder of the manuscript. Organize in separate paragraphs as follows: Background; Methods; Results; and Conclusions. Provide a maximum of 6 key words suitable for indexing. Standard abbreviations should be used for all measurements. List all but the most common abbreviations used in the manuscript for easy reference.

The text follows the abstract. All but the most well known abbreviations (e.g., ECG) should be defined when first used; thereafter the abbreviation may be used. References should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text, as should tables and figures. Use mathematical annotations that are standard in English-language medical journals, e.g. 'per' should be used instead of superscripts or other symbols except in per hundred, where % is acceptable. “Per” can be used as “per”, “p”, or a slash depending on context. Hence: use “per thousand” or “n/1000”, NOT ‰. Beats per minute should be bpm or beats/min, NOT beats min-1, similarly use mph, kph, mg/min, etc.
Acknowledgments should follow at the end of the text, before references, which are listed in numerical order.

All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance and should be as complete as possible. In text citations should be superscript numbers. Sample references follow:

Journal article:

1. Wood WG, Eckert GP, Igbavboa U, Muller WE. Statins and neuroprotection: a prescription to move the field forward. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2010; 1199:69-76.


2. Hoppert, M. Microscopic techniques in biotechnology. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH; 2003.

Journal titles are abbreviated; abbreviations may be found in the following: MEDLINE, Index Medicus, or CalTech Library For more information, please see the Vancouver Reference Style Guide

Number tables consecutively in order of appearance, each with a title placed at its top, which supplements, not duplicates, the text. Abbreviations and any material that is not self-explanatory should be footnoted and explained.

Please note acceptable formats. More information can be found at Black and white illustrations are published without charge. The author(s) may wish color printing of illustrations in the paper journal. The cost is $495 (US) per illustration and a color print agreement form is needed before publication. The publisher will send a final invoice for color print payments. All illustrations, whether submitted in color and/or black & white, are published in electronic format free of charge. Submit written permission from publisher(s) and author(s) for any figure that has been published previously. Permission must allow for electronic reproduction on CD-ROM. Photographs in which a patient or other person is identifiable must have written consent from that person. Moving images (short video clips) may be uploaded as supplementary files for review. Accepted file types are .asf, .wmv, .avi, .mpeg, and .vob only.

Case Reports
PACE will again consider case reports, and will accept only those deemed likely to be cited. Such reports may present preliminary information on a technique or idea that is likely to find widespread application. This should ensure rapid publication for accepted reports. For cases that illustrate important teaching points, PACE’s Device Rounds or EP Rounds sections may be appropriate. Other journals now exist for case reports dealing with interesting but rare cases. Please limit case reports to 6 pages for all text, including a 100-word abstract and a maximum of three illustrations. References in PACE style and format.

EP Rounds / Device Rounds
These submissions are intended to be a 'puzzle' for the reader. Begin by presenting the clinical problem, key figure and pertinent information and ask the reader your question(s). Next, guide the reader to a solution and reveal your teaching points in the commentaries. Clearly label the manuscript “EP Rounds” or “Device Rounds” upon submission. No abstract necessary. Please restrict to no more than 6 typewritten pages (all included) and three illustrations.

Multicenter Trials
Effective January 2008, PACE adheres to the international Heart Journals Group decision that all multicenter trials need to be registered with either the US Government at or the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry ( Documentation of such registration should accompany manuscript submissions. Trials begun prior to January 2008, that were not registered, will be considered on an individual basis by the editor, whose decision is final. Trials begun after January 2008 that were not registered, but are accompanied by a convincing and detailed waiver request, may only rarely be granted an exception at the discretion of the editor, whose decision is final.
Disclose all commercial affiliations/financial aid.
Commercial trials: Prepare such a manuscript of a single sponsor, commercial product or technique in PACE format. Commercial trials are limited to 2500 words of text (supply word count exclusive of abstract and references), 20 references, and 5 figures or tables.
Non-commercial trials: Page limits do not apply (e.g. NIH sponsored trials, etc.) Consideration for publication is at the editor’s discretion.

Policy conferences and proposed code revisions may be considered only with the written endorsement of a recognized professional society. Publication is not assured. The editor’s decision will prevail.

Letters to the Editor
In most instances a letter should be about a specific article that appeared in PACE and be received within 6 weeks of its publication. Letters should not exceed 500 words (without a figure or table), even if describing a clinical or scientific event. A figure or table will correspondingly reduce the text of this letter. A response will be solicited from the authors of the original article. Other letters will be considered at the editor’s discretion. In some cases the author may be asked to resubmit in another category such as a case report, viewpoint, etc. Letters are edited and published at the editor’s discretion.

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