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Congestive Heart Failure

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 4

Edited By: Marc A. Silver, MD

Online ISSN: 1751-7133

Author Guidelines

Journal Information
Congestive Heart Failure is a peer-reviewed, controlled circulation journal.  Indexed on Index Medicus and available online at MEDLINE, with related articles on MEDSCAPE, Congestive Heart Failure circulates bimonthly to approximately 22,000 cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons and specialists in internal and family medicine.

All manuscripts must be submitted by the corresponding author online at; please do not mail, e-mail, or fax manuscripts. All manuscripts must be written in English and relate to human conditions, and all authors must hold a professional medical or allied health degree. All degrees for all authors must be listed on the manuscript cover page.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Please register to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.  Visit to register.

The following items must be included in every electronic submission; it is recommended that the corresponding author assemble all items prior to the online submission process:

  • Title
  • All author contact information and degrees
  • Keywords
  • Information on any invitation/request to submit the manuscript
  • Authority from all authors for the corresponding author to commit to all requirements for copyright transfer, when applicable
  • Permissions in writing from the copyright holder for any tables, figures, images, and illustrations used in the manuscript (will be requested by publisher following peer review if the manuscript is accepted for publication)
  • Document in Microsoft Word, including all references
  • Figures (See Figure Submission Standards at
  • Tables (Microsoft Word format only)
  • Disclosures and/or Acknowledgments (see details below)
  • Authors may suggest potential peer reviewers, and may also ask that, due to a possible conflict of interest, named members of the Editorial Board or other individuals should not be selected to review a particular submission.

Manuscript Information
Congestive Heart Failure publishes the following types of manuscripts; adherence to the guidelines on word count, number of references, and abstracts is essential for online submission of the manuscript.

Original Study
no more than 2500–4000 words and 25–50 references maximum (about 10–20 pages total)

Review Manuscript
no more than 2500 words and 25–40 references maximum (about 10 pages total)

Editorial (by invitation only)
no more than 1500 words and 25 references maximum (no abstracts; about 4 pages total)

Commentary, Point of View, or Special Report
no more than 1500-2000 words and 40 references maximum

Letter to the Editor
no more than 600 words (no abstract)

Introduction (guest edit, supplement, focus issue)
no more than 1500 words and 10 references

In Memoriam
no more than 1000 words and 10 references

Non-structured abstracts: less than 150 words


Artwork Information
All artwork is subject to review and approval by Art Director; nonconforming artwork may be subject to additional graphic design charges at the rate of $75 per image. Detailed guidelines are available

The following guidelines apply to all artwork submissions:

  • Each piece of artwork must be accompanied by a legend and cited in the body of the manuscript.
  • Photographs of patients must be accompanied by an original letter of consent executed by such patient (to the extent the identity of the patient can be hidden effectively, such consent will not be necessary).
  • Electronic artwork must be AT LEAST 600 dpi at publication size (bitmap) OR be resolution independent (vector). Bitmap artwork should be submitted in .tif, .pict, or .psd formats. Vector artwork should be submitted in .eps, .pict, or .wmf format.
    NOTE: .jpgs and .gifs are not acceptable formats for electronic submission of figures.
  • Author must provide permissions in writing for all Tables, Figures, Images, and Illustrations that are not original to the author or the copyright cannot be transferred (adaptations or reprintings from a published source). NOTE: Publisher is not responsible for obtaining permissions.

Additional Requirements

Author Contributions

Congestive Heart Failure adheres to the authorship guidelines set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript for possible publication, you will be asked to submit one form reflecting the contributions of all authors detailing his/her contributions. The forms, which must be uploaded as Supplementary Material Not for Review, will appear online as Supporting information if the article is published. Failure to upload the forms with your revision will block further manuscript processing. 

Statement of Financial Disclosure
Should be listed at the end of the manuscript and include specifics on financial or proprietary interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript, e.g., employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria. All funding or financial support for the paper received through grants or sponsorship must also be provided here.
 If editorial assistance was funded by a third party, the editorial assistance must be disclosed, citing the name and affiliation of the editor and the source of funding for the editorial assistance.

Sample wording:  Editorial assistance was provided by _(insert name)___ of ___(insert company/affiliation name, location)___ ; editorial assistance was funded by __(insert name of sponsor)____.

If no funding exists for any aspect of the article, the statement, “The authors report no specific funding in relation to this research” should be reported on the disclosure section of the article and on the cover page of the article.

Should identify anyone who has made substantial intellectual contributions to the manuscript, but who does not meet the criteria for authorship.
  Such individuals should be listed at the end of the manuscript and include all relevant information (full names of institutions, companies, and individuals with/without academic degrees). The author is solely responsible for obtaining written permission from those acknowledged and providing them to publisher upon request. Work that is funded (e.g., editorial assistance provided by a corporate sponsor) must be included in the Disclosures section, not the Acknowledgments section.

Strict adherence to AMA Style Guide, 10th Edition (Oxford University Press; 2007), Section 3.1—References. Cite references numerically in text (do not use letters); cite unpublished material and personal communications directly in the body of the manuscript and not in the reference list. References should be listed at the end of the manuscript and not in footnote form. The author is solely responsible for the accuracy of references and their use with respect to the supported text.

Drugs and devices should be referenced by generic name and not by trademark to the extent appropriate.

Acronyms not otherwise listed in the AMA Style Guide should be spelled out within the body of text the first time used.

Ethical Publishing

Wiley has systems in place for detecting fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. Every submission is subject to review at the editors’ discretion.

Trial Registration

We suggest registration of all clinical trials.


All tables must be created and submitted in Microsoft Word format using the Tables menu to correctly place all data in appropriate cells.

Figure Submission Standards
Download these guidelines to help you provide print quality images for your article(s).


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
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 Non-Commercial License OAA
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

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:
Creative Commons Attribution 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