About This Journal

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. We will publish papers immediately after copy-editing is done.

We intend for the VAD Journal to differ from existing journals in several ways:

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.

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.

We know that reviewing manuscript can be time consuming and we appreciate those who agree to serve as reviewers. As a way of compensating our reviewers’ effort, we will publish some of their more interesting commentaries. If a commentary is selected by the Editor-in-Chief, the reviewer will be notified and offered an opportunity to modify this commentary for publication.

Although published as an open access journal, the journal charges a publication fee of US$200, upon acceptance after peer review, to cover copyediting and other technical expenses related to the maintenance of the journal.

The VAD Journal is indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals.