Aims and Scope

The VAD Journal is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed open access publication devoted to all aspects of mechanical assisted circulation and advanced heart failure. Our goal is to address topics and issues related to mechanical assisted circulation and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among professionals from various specialties working with ventricular assist devices (VADs) and other means of mechanical assisted circulation, with a focus on clinical studies, and with the ultimate goal of improving patient care. The journal aims to appeal to a multidisciplinary group of specialists, including cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, radiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, cardiac imaging specialists, bioengineers, and basic science researchers in advanced heart failure and mechanical assisted circulation.

This multidisciplinary exposure is a specific motivation for the development of this journal. Currently, articles related to VADs are orphans in journals devoted to cardiac transplantation, bioengineering, and cardiothoracic surgery. Completely dedicated to heart failure, mechanical assisted circulation, and VADs, the VAD Journal presents the spectrum of clinical studies including basic science findings, experimental studies, surgical, medical, and diagnostic aspects of patient care. Case reports are also welcome. An online edition will enhance the reader’s experience with high quality images and videos. We anticipate broad, forum-style discussions of challenging cases. 

Peer Review Process

Double blind peer review. The journal is peer-reviewed but unlike the majority of established journals, we will not only keep reviewers anonymous, but also keep reviewers blinded to authors’ names, institutions, and countries of origin, to ensure fair and unbiased reviews. Each manuscript (after being initially screened by the Editor-in-Chief or an editorial board member) will be sent to at least two independent reviewers.

Publication Frequency

The journal will be online only, and therefore we will be publishing new papers as soon as they are copyedited. In this way, we will effect a more rapid dissemination of new findings and ideas. We will attempt to publish all accepted articles within six weeks of submission.

Open Access Policy

The VAD Journal is an open access publication. Full text articles, images, videos, and supplemental materials are freely available online and are published with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.