American Heart Association Launches Free-Access Online Journal

Feb 21, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX). Initial Studies Focus on Stroke, Peripheral Artery Disease, Heart Failure and Diabetes

Among findings posted in the inaugural publication of the American Heart Association’s online-only, free-access scientific journal:

          --  The NIH Stroke Scale accurately identifies patients with the highest
              risk of death in the first month after stroke.
          --  Aspirin works as well as more expensive drugs in combination with a
              walking program to treat blocked leg arteries.
          --  Heart failure patients do better when they receive several
              evidence-based treatments at once.
          --  Kidney problems signal the highest death risk for people with type 2
              diabetes.

DALLAS, Feb. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Heart Association has launched the online-only open-access Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease (JAHA) — packed with free peer-reviewed research on heart disease and stroke.

“We envision JAHA as a forum for high quality original articles that cover the full range of cardiovascular science, including basic science, translational science, clinical trials and epidemiological and outcomes research,” said Joseph A. Vita, M.D., JAHA editor in chief.

As with the association’s 11 print journals, articles will undergo rigorous peer review prior to publication. The online format won’t have limits on the length of articles, the number of photos and illustrations, or the use of color or video. Thus, “authors will be able to present all aspects of their work,” Vita said. Also, open-access means content will be rapidly and widely accessible, accelerating the translation of science into practice. Read more