The Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas. The journal considers manuscripts in the form of case reports, medical images, and editorials that address any aspect of cardiovascular medicine. It does not accept unsolicited reviews or original research. Case reports must be novel and contribute significant findings to the adult cardiovascular field (we are not currently accepting pediatric cases).
For your convenience, we have established the following set of guidelines to help ensure editorial consistency.
- Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work.
- Provide names of all authors, their highest level of academic degree (ie, MD, PhD, MBA, JD), and the name of their respective institutions. If the author has two doctorate degrees, both may be listed.
- At the time of submission, provide a phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address for the corresponding author.
- Please provide the contact information for the corresponding author’s assistant, if applicable. This is for manuscript-related correspondence only and will not be published.
For optimal readability, manuscripts should include an abstract, subheads, and a conclusion (excluding editorials, unless needed). Submit all manuscripts in the following format:
- Microsoft Word in 12-point Times Roman or Arial font; please do not send in PDF format
- Normal sentence case (do not submit manuscript in all capital letters)
- Double-space text
- Number all pages consecutively
- Include 3 to 10 key words for indexing
Manuscripts should always start with a brief abstract, which should include the following:
- An accurate reflection of context or background
- A statement of purpose
- Primary findings
- Principal conclusions. Emphasize new and/or important aspects.
Museum of HMH Multimodality Imaging Center
Please note that imaging submissions follow a different manuscript format. We look for 1-3 images and/or video clips that are strong enough to speak for themselves. They should be unique, high-quality images accompanied by a brief (100-200 word) description of the clinical scenario. Abstract, case discussion, and references are not necessary.
Case of the Month
Case of the Month (COM) modules are teaching tools for readers to click through a case history, exam and test results, and diagnosis, and discussion. These manuscripts should be formatted in chronological order with at least one picture and/or video for each section/slide (see previous COM examples). Authors should submit 3-5 questions and answers to be placed throughout the COM and close with 3-5 takeaway points. Please discuss COM ideas with Assistant Managing Editor Laura Gerik at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting.
The following includes the recommended article length and number of figures/tables per manuscript. These word counts do not include text in the references, tables, figures, or captions.
- Editorial: 900-1,200 words; 1 figure/table
- Invited review: 1,800-2,500 words; 3-5 figures/tables
- Case report (not Case of the Month): 900-1,500 words; 2-4 figures/tables
Tables must be in an editable format such as Word (no PDF files).
- Location: Please embed tables at the end of the manuscript in the same Word document.
- Content: Include original values, numbers, and a key with all charts, and identify statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation or standard error of the mean. All nonstandard abbreviations should be addressed in footnotes.
- Format: Tables and charts should have flush-left copy with no bullets or formatting. They can be included at the end of the manuscript.
- Captions: Write captions at the end of the manuscript (with figure captions). Please define any acronyms or unusual units at the end of the caption.
- The caption should describe the table, but if it lists the actual title, then the title should not be repeated in the table.
- All tables should be mentioned in the manuscript and should match the tables provided by the author.
- Permissions: Supply permission copy if using data from another published or unpublished source, even if it is your own previously published work.
Example: (adapted from Denker MG, Cohen DL. Resistant Hypertension and Renal Nerve Denervation. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2015;11(4):240-4.)
*denotes BP reduction in patients who had available follow-up data at 36 mo.
Permissions for all images must be obtained before submitting your manuscript. All permissions must be in writing and forwarded to us upon manuscript submission. If you have any questions about obtaining permissions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Submit all images (photos and figures) as high-resolution JPEG, PNG, or TIFF files.
- Format: All figures should be uploaded to Editorial Manager as separate JPEG, PNG, or TIF files—DO NOT embed them into Word documents, PowerPoints, or PDFs.
- Resolution: Minimum 300 dpi for simple black and white; we prefer at least 600 dpi for color images or images with writing. The higher the resolution, the better the image will appear in the journal.
- Lettering: Capitalize only the first letter of the first word in each label. Do not end labels with periods.
- Units: Use SI notation with a single space between the number and unit. Define unusual units in the caption.
- Captions: Do not include the caption or figure name in the image. Instead, write captions at the end of the manuscript. Please define any acronyms or unusual units at the end of the caption.
- All figures should be mentioned in the manuscript and should match the figures provided by the author.
- Figure parts should be named consistently in the figure and text (A vs a, left vs right, etc.).
- Please use uppercase letters to denote panels (i.e., Figure 1 A).
- File name: Name the file with the corresponding author name and figure number (e.g., Smith_Fig1 A). There should be a separate caption for each figure
Example: (Romero J, Gianni C, Biase LD, Natale A. Catheter Ablation for Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2015;11(2):87–93.)
Figure 1. Anteroposterior (AP, left panel) and posteroanterior (PA, right panel) views of a 3-dimenstional electroanatomic map of the left atrium. The patient, who has long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation, underwent extensive ablation with vein PV antrum and posterior wall isolation (red arrows) plus ablation of non-PV triggers such as the left atrial appendage (yellow dots) the coronary sinus (light green dots) and the superior vena cava (green dots). PV: pulmonary vein
- Movies: Accepted file type is mov
- Required encoding setting is H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (for online publishing)
- Maximum width: 700 pixels
- Audio: Contact Susan Daniels for current specifications (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 3D graphics: Accepted file type is .u3d.
All articles should be prepared in accordance with the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition. Please adhere to the following guidelines for sections within the document:
References should follow the NLM citation style:
- Do not use Word’s footnote function to link references to create endnotes.
- Author names should be listed as last name and first name initial(s), with a comma separating each name, i.e., Reardon MR, Lumsden AB, Loebe M, et al.
- List up to the first six names if there are no more than six authors.
- Exception: If there are more than six authors, list the first three authors followed by “et al.”
- Include year/month/date, volume(issue)number, starting and ending pages
- Do not apply style to citations: No italic, No bold, No underline, No quotes around titles.
- Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus.
Abhayaratna WP, Seward JB, Appleton CP, et al. Left atrial size: physiologic determinants and clinical applications. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Jun 20;47(12):2357-63.
Articles should contain no more than 40 references. List all references in numerical order within the main body copy—starting at reference one—and list in the same order under the “References” section at the end of the article. All references shouldbe superscripted at the end of the sentence in which the reference appears, after the ending punctuation.
Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be in their final form and should adhere to the author guidelines. Submit all manuscripts, tables, and figures via Editorial Manager at http://www.editorialmanager.com/debakeyjournal/default.aspx. Manuscripts accepted for publication are reviewed and edited according to the journal’s style guidelines and for length, and all are submitted for peer review. To ensure factual accuracy, all edited articles will be returned to the author for review and approval before final publishing.
The Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal adheres to the guidelines of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and EQUATOR Network.
All authors must fill out a Conflict of Interest form at http://fs3.formsite.com/methodistcme/form32/index.html.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you in advance for helping us ensure editorial consistency. We look forward to your contribution to the Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal.