Journal of Interventional Cardiology

Cover image for Vol. 28 Issue 4

Edited By: Cindy L. Grines

Impact Factor: 1.183

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 91/123 (Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems)

Online ISSN: 1540-8183

Author Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Journal of Interventional Cardiology (JOIC). Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

Loading instructions are given at this site. For assistance, please contact Scholar One technical support at 434-817-2040, ext. 167 or email you are not able to submit online, please contact the Editorial Office for instructions.

Editorial communications should be sent to: Cindy L. Grines, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, DMC Cardiovascular Institute, 3990 John R Street, Suite 8363, Detroit, MI 48201, USA; e-mail:


The Journal of Interventional Cardiology (JOIC) seeks communications dealing with cardiac catheterization, angiography, angioplasty, percutaneous management of structural heart disease, mechanical assist devices, thrombolytic therapy, hemodynamic monitoring techniques, and evolving technologies such as lasers, mechanical atherectomy, and implantable devices. The journal publishes original, review, and didactic articles directed to a readership of a variety of interests.

Peer Review
Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserve the right to refuse any material for publication.

Please note that if a manuscript is resubmitted with revises, the author must track the changes in the electronic document or highlight the areas where the changes have been made. Once a manuscript is accepted and editorial changes are made, the editor’s decision concerning English usage will prevail. The author should not make any changes in the proofs except for corrections of editorial errors, if any, and/or correction of typesetter’s errors.


Principles for Publication of Research Involving Human Subjects
Manuscripts must contain a statement to the effect that all human studies have been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in an appropriate version of the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Brazil 2013), available at should also state clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under the study should be omitted.

Use of Animals in Research
Reports of animal experiments must state that the ‘Principles of Laboratory Animal Care’ (NIH Publication Vol 25, No. 28 revised 1996; were followed, as well as specific national laws (e.g. the current version of the German Law on the Protection of Animals) where applicable.

Clinical Trial Registration
The journal requires that the clinical trials submitted for its consideration are registered in a publicly accessible database. Authors should include the name of the trial register and their clinical trial registration number in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of their manuscript. If you wish the editor[s] to consider an unregistered trial, please explain briefly why the trial has not been registered.

Randomized controlled trials
Reporting of randomized controlled trials should follow the guidelines of ‘The CONSORT Statement’:

Conflict of Interest
Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest by disclosing at the time of submission any financial arrangements they have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be asked for as a question on the ScholarOne submission site, and held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision. If the article is accepted for publication, the editor will usually discuss with the authors the manner in which such information is to be communicated to the reader.

Authorship and Acknowledgements
The journal adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria: i) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; ii) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; iii) Final approval of the version to be published; and i) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under ‘Acknowledgements’.

Plagiarism Detection
The journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Committee on Publication Ethics
The journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Please note: The Journal of Interventional Cardiology currently does not accept case reports for publication. Authors of case reports are encouraged to submit to the Wiley Open Access journal, Clinical Case Reports (, which aims to directly improve health outcomes by identifying and disseminating examples of best clinical practice.

Word Length
Unless otherwise stated manuscripts must be no longer than 5000 words, including references. If manuscripts are longer than 5000 words they will be returned to authors with a request to resubmit at the correct word length.

Quality and Efficiency in Interventional Cardiology
This section includes periodic editorials/commentaries specifically relating to the quality and delivery of care in interventional cardiology. Some examples of Quality and Efficiency topics include:
1.  Understanding the definitions of quality and methods of continuous quality improvement.
2.  Organizing M and M Conferences.
3.  Technical and productive efficiency in the Cath Lab.
4.  Credentialling requirements for various interventional procedures.
5.  Navigating your way through administrative leadership to start new Cath Lab-related procedures.
6.  Developing system-wide processes of care for STEMI.
7.  Conduct of Peer Review Meetings.
8.  Understand concepts like six-sigma and lean.
9.  Inter-specialty collaboration.

Review Article
The Editor will exclusively review these articles. The article should be less than 5000 words (including reference and figure legends). The author should detail in their cover letter how their submission differs from existing reviews on the subject.

Clinical Images
This section of JOIC is devoted to advancing out understanding of interventional cardiology primarily through pictorial descriptions. The editors will consider publishing interesting clinical images under the following guidelines:
1.  Images should be original and must not have been published in other journals (neither online nor print versions).
2.  Images should be of high quality.
3.  It is expected that the Clinical Images manuscript include a concise description of not more than 200 words including text and any relevant references.
4.  Clinical images submitted for publication should be relevant to Interventional Cardiology and demonstrate novel or "classic" findings.
5.  All submissions are subject to editing and revision.

Editorials and Viewpoints
These articles should not exceed 3000 words.

Letters to the Editor
A minimal number of letters will be considered to be published. Correspondence should not exceed 500 words, and no original data may be included. Letters should be double-spaced and should include the cited previous JOIC article as a reference. Provide a title page which includes authors’ name, institutional affiliations, and complete addresses.


Pre-acceptance English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines
Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Spelling.The journal publishes in American English.

Trade names.Chemical substances should be referred to by the generic name only. Trade names should not be used. Drugs should be referred to by their generic names. If proprietary drugs have been used in the study, refer to these by their generic name, mentioning the proprietary name, and the name and location of the manufacturer, in parentheses.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be explained when they first appear; after first use, abbreviations alone may be used. Standard abbreviations should be used for all measurements (see “Style Manuals”).

Style Manuals. The following guides are recommended for preparing manuscripts; they are useful in providing standard abbreviations for measurements and other scientific terms:
CBE Style Manual, prepared by the Committee on Form and Style of the Council of Biology Editors, published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Arlington, Virginia, 1978.
Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations), available here.
The following book is a general, non-scientific style manual:
The Elements of Style, Strunk W, Jr. and White EB. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1972.

Parts of the Manuscript
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; tables; figures.

Title Page
The title page should the following:
    (i) A short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations.
    (ii) Names, degree(s), department(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of all authors are to be provided under the title. The institutional affiliation should be address at which the work was carried out. If the present address of any author differs from that where the work was carried out, the present address should be supplied in a footnote.
    (iii) An Authorship declaration.
    (iv) The full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent.

Authorship declaration
This must acknowledge i) that all authors listed meet the authorship criteria according to the latest guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and ii) that all authors are in agreement with the manuscript.

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.)

The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Disclosure statement
Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest by disclosing any financial arrangements they have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product, or any conflict relating to technology or methodology. The absence of any interest to disclose must also be stated.

Main text file
The length of papers should adhere to the guidelines outlined for each manuscript type in the ‘Manuscript Categories and Length’ section. As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
The main text file should be presented in the following order: (i) title, abstract and key words, (ii) main text, (iii) references, and (v) figure legends. Tables, figures and supplementary material should be supplied as separate files.

The abstract should not exceed 250 words, presenting essential data in five paragraphs introduced by separate headings in the following order: Objectives, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Provide a set of keywords to be included after the abstract.

The text should follow the abstract and begin on a new page, as should References, Tables, and Legends.

• References are identified in the text by Arabic numerals in parentheses on the line and should be cited in order.
• References should be typed double-spaced on sheets separate from the text and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.
• Journal references must contain inclusive page numbers; book references contain specific page numbers.
• Abstracts are indicated by (abstract) and letters by (letter).
• Abbreviations of journals conform to those used in Index Medicus, National Library of Medicine.

The style and punctuation of the references follow the format illustrated below:
(List three authors and et al.)
31. Klein LW, Pichard AD, Holt J, et al. Effects of chronic tobacco smoking on the coronary circulation. J Am Coll Cardiol 1983;1:421–426.
Chapter in Book
(Edited by other than author of article)
28. Schiebler GL, Van Mierop LHS, Krovetz LJ. Diseases of the tricuspid valve. In: Moss AJ, Adams F, eds. Heart Disease in Infants, Children and Adolescents. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1968, pp. 134–139.
Book (personal author or authors)
(All book references should have specific page numbers) 36. Berne E. Principles of Group Treatment. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966, pp. 26–42.
Personal Communications
4. Smith I. December 10, 1986, personal communication.

Figure Legends
—Be sure that legends and figures correspond.
—Identify all abbreviations used in a figure.
—Be sure abbreviations used for measurements are standard.

—Tables should be supplied as separate files.
—Tables should supplement, but not duplicate, the text.
—Tables should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text.
—Each table must be given an Arabic numeral and a title, placed at the top of the page.
—Abbreviations used in the table should be explained in footnotes in the order in which they appear in the table.
—Any material which is not self-explanatory should be footnoted, as well.

Figures should be supplied as separate files. 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. Alternatively, 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

—Any lettering or scale of measurement used in an illustration must be large enough to be legible in the event of half-size reduction.
—Do not send original artwork, X-rays, or ECGs.
—Photographs in which a patient or other person is identifiable must have written permission from that person. The consent must state specifically what the person is consenting to and what restrictions, if any, the person has placed upon the publication of the photograph. All restrictions must be strictly observed.

Color figures: Figures submitted in color may be reproduced in color online free of charge. If an author wishes to have figures printed in color in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at:
Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


• A cover letter should be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file.
• The covering letter must contain
      o A declaration of any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest, for more detail refer to the section ‘Conflict of Interest Declaration’ above.
      o Authors of review articles should provide an explanation in their cover letter of how their submission differs from existing reviews on the subject.
• Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes all parts of the text in the sequence indicated in the section 'Parts of the manuscript', including figure legends but excluding tables and figures which should be supplied separately.
• Tables should be supplied as a separate file.
• Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name.

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Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. More details on the copyright and licencing options for the journal appear below.

Wiley’s Author Services: Tracking your paper's progress
Author Services also enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author.

Early View
The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at

A PDF reprint of the article will be supplied free of charge to the corresponding author. Additional printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail:

Author Marketing Toolkit
The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provide authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.
Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.


Even though manuscripts are peer-reviewed, the author is responsible for all material presented in a paper. The journal disclaims all responsibility for such material. No product or service advertised in this publication is guaranteed or warranted either by the Editors or publisher. Neither the editors nor publisher guarantee any claims made by a manufacturer or an author in regard to a product or service.

Author Guidelines Updated 11 August 2015