Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 11

Edited By: Eric N. Prystowsky

Impact Factor: 3.156

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 43/123 (Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems)

Online ISSN: 1540-8167

Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

Statement of Purpose
The Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of cardiovascular electrophysiology, including:
(a) ion channels and biophysics;
(b) molecular biology;
(c) pharmacology;
(d) cellular and in vivo electrophysiology;
(e) clinical electrophysiology; and
(f) catheter ablation.

All articles are sent for peer review.  Articles from the Editor’s institution are processed by a guest editor.

Author Guidelines
JCE requires all manuscripts to be submitted online at  Complete, detailed instructions on uploading your manuscript are available on this web site.  Any major word processing software, as well as both Windows-based and Macintosh operating systems, are acceptable to use. 

The entire manuscript – including all corresponding figures and tables – should be submitted as one file, either in a PDF format or in any IBM-based word-processing program (preferably Microsoft Word).

Manuscript type should be double-spaced and prepared on an 8.5” x 11” paper size, with a minimum of 1-inch margins on all four sides.  Pages should be numbered.  All text should be formatted in a run-in style (do not use columns).

PLEASE NOTE: Manuscripts accepted for publication must be uploaded in an electronic format that is acceptable for print reproduction and typesetting purposes, in either a .doc or .docx format. The journal accepts Microsoft Word 2010 documents. Corresponding figures need to be formatted as either TIFF, PDF, or EPS files. JPG, PPT, and PS files will not be accepted.

Authors should list a maximum of five suggested reviewers in the applicable field at the time of submission.

Please direct any questions to Eric N. Prystowsky, M.D., JCE, c/o St. Vincent's Medical Group, 8333 Naab Road, Suite 400, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA.  Telephone: 317-338-6310; Telefax: 317-338-6246; E-mail:

Manuscript Content

Title Page
Please include a brief and descriptive title of the article, as well as a short title of fewer than 50 characters; each author’s full name, highest academic degree and hospital and academic affiliations; acknowledgement of ALL sources of financial support; and the name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the individual responsible for editorial correspondence and reprint requests.

Authors. 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.)

Abstract (Page 1)
Include a brief abstract (without references) of fewer than 250 words for major articles, 50-100 words for case reports.  Divide the abstract into sections: Introduction (one or two sentences), Methods and Results, and a Conclusion that states the importance and potential implications of the observations.  Avoid all abbreviations other than standard units of measurement and common abbreviations, such as RV, LV, etc.  Use generic names of drugs.

Key Words
The abstract should be followed by 5 to 10 key words suitable for indexing.

Text (Page 2)
Organize into sections:  Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion, with appropriate subheadings to make the sections easily understood.  Explain abbreviations at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, and limit use only to a few commonly accepted words.  References, tables, and figures should be cited in numerical order.  Avoid jargon, clichés, and laboratory slang.  References to pacemakers, defibrillators, and leads must adhere to code structures and usage conventions set forth by NASPE/BPEG code. Place acknowledgments at the end of the text, before references. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to seek appropriate grammatical assistance. In general, manuscripts should not exceed 20 double-spaced typed pages, 8 figures, 3 tables, and 35 references.

Include references to unpublished material or personal communications in the text in parentheses.  Number all published references in the order in which they are cited in the text.  Abbreviate titles of periodicals according to the style of Index Medicus, National Library of Medicine.  List all authors in each reference following exactly the format and punctuation shown below; do NOT use 'et al.'

Journal Article – Example
Pelargonio G, Fogel RI, Knilans TK, Prystowsky EN: Late occurrence of heart block after radiofrequency catheter ablation of the septal region: Clinical follow-up and outcome. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2001; 12:56-60.

Chapter in Book with Different Author and Editor – Example
Myerburg RJ, Mitrani R, Interian A, Castellanos A: Identification of risk of cardiac arrest and sudden death in athletes In Estes NAM, Salem DM, Wang PJ, eds:  Sudden Cardiac Death in the Athlete. Armonk, NY: Futura Publishing Co., 1999, pp, 25-27. 

Book with Identical Author and Editor – Example
Klein GJ, Prystowsky EN: Clinical Electrophysiology Review. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997, p. 83.

Each figure must have a legend typed double-spaced on a separate page, explaining all abbreviations and symbols appearing in the illustration.  Label each figure to match the corresponding number in the manuscript text and in the Figure Legend. 

There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

Black and white illustrations are published without charge to the author. Arrangements for color reproductions must be made with the publisher before publication. Four-color illustrations are printed at a cost to the author of $500 (US) per figure. Written permission from publishers for any figure previously published should be provided with the original submission. Photographs in which a patient or other person is identifiable must have written permission from that person.

Tables must be self-explanatory and supplement, not duplicate, the text. Number brief titles in Arabic numerals according to the order they are mentioned in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate page and designed for economy of space and readability. Notes designated in the tables and all abbreviations should be defined in a footnote. Abbreviations should be identified in alphabetical order. Footnote designations should be used in the following order: *, +, +, §.

Case Reports
Case reports are limited to 4 authors and 8, double-spaced pages total – including text, 20 or fewer references, figures legends and a maximum of 4 figures. 

Arrhythmia Rounds
Submissions include case presentations, ECGs, intracardiac recordings, activation maps, intracellular action potentials, or other illustrative material that is used in the context of teaching concepts of diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.  Manuscripts are limited to 4, double-spaced typewritten pages and up to 3 illustrations.

EP Image

Limited to one, double-spaced, typewritten page and no more than 2 illustrations and 4 authors.  Images will be judged based on their aesthetic quality and the scientific/clinical importance of the observation.

Techniques, Technology and Innovations
Content includes detailed descriptions of techniques in electrophysiology, ablation or device implantation, as well as reviews of new technology.  Articles are mostly by invitation, but unsolicited submissions are welcome.  Authors may contact Samuel Asirvatham, MD,, with their proposal prior to submission. 

Letters to the Editor
Correspondence should be submitted through  Letters should be typed double spaced, and should not exceed 500 words.  Letters will be reviewed and are subject to editing.  If accepted for publication, a copy of the letter will be sent to the author(s) of the original article, if applicable.  The author(s) will have an opportunity to respond with new material that will be considered for publication with the letter.

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
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions For authors choosing OnlineOpen
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Authors of accepted manuscripts will be able to review their page proofs via an online posting site.  Corresponding authors will be notified via e-mail when their page proofs are ready.  Changes at the proofing stage are limited to typographical errors or errors in the presentation of data.  These changes can be made only if the material is returned to the production editor within 24 hours after the page proofs have been posted.

Policies/Letter of Submission
Manuscripts submitted must be original, with no portion under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere or previously published, except for an abstract of fewer than 400 words.  Include only authors who have made an important contribution to the study and are thoroughly familiar with the primary data.  All authors are responsible for the contents and must have read and approved the manuscript and conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals published in the Annals of Internal Medicine 1997; 126:36-47.

Studies involving experimental animals and humans must conform to the guiding principles of the Declaration of Helsinki, and human subjects must have given informed consent of a study that has been approved by the Institutional Committee on Human Research at the author’s institution.

Please provide sex-specific data, when appropriate, in describing outcomes of epidemiologic analyses or clinical trials; or specifically state that no sex-based differences were present. 

Any financial or other relations must be disclosed.  (For more information on copyright and conflict of interest, see Publication section.)

Note:  Letters of submission must include affirmation of all the information mentioned above.

Manuscripts inactive for more than one year will be considered withdrawn.

Author Material Archive Policy:  Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of hard copy or electronic material 2 months after publication. 

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