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Med Arch. 2013; 67(5): 308-313


Fostering Diffusion of Scientiļ¬c Contents of National Society Cardiovascular Journals: the New ESC Search Engine

Fernando Alfonso, Lino Gonēalves, Fausto Pinto, Adam Timmis, Hugo Ector, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Panos Vardas, OLoizos Antoinades, Eduard Apetrei, Michael Aschermann, Leonardo Bologneze, Mirza Dilic, Istvan Edes, Krzysztof J. Filipiak, Faig Guliyev, Habib Haouala, ahmoud Mohamed Hassanein, Magda Heras, Christer Hoglund, Ivan Hulin, Kurt Huber, Mario Ivanusa, Germanas Marinskis, Izet Masic, Miodrag Ostojic, Otmar Pachinger, Dimitar Raev, Mamanti Rogava, Olaf Rodevand, Vedat Sansoy, Evgeny Shlyakhto, Valentin A. Shumakov, Emst Van der Wall, Jorgen Videbaek, Thomas F. Luscher.

Abstract
uropean Society of Cardiology (ESC) National Society Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJs) are high-quality biomedical journals focused on cardiovascular diseases. The Editors“ Network of the ESC devises editorial initiatives aimed at improving the scientific quality and diffusion of NSCJ. In this article we will discuss on the importance of the Internet, electronic editions and open access strategies on scientific publishing. Finally, we will propose a new editorial initiative based on a novel electronic tool on the ESC web-page that may further help to increase the dissemination of contents and visibility of NSCJs. The National Society Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJs) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) are high-quality biomedical journals devoted to publishing original research and educative material on cardiovascular diseases. These journals officially belong to the corresponding ESC National Cardiac Societies. Many of them have achieved major international recognition, are included in most important bibliometric databases, and have made major scientiļ¬c impact. Some NSCJs offer full-text English content and are freely available in electronic editions. However, NSCJs are largely heterogeneous and some of them are only published in local languages with a limited visibility. The main goal of biomedical journals is to publish high-quality scientiļ¬c information. To achieve this goal, journals should compete for the best research carried out in their ļ¬eld, the ‘prestige’ of the journal being the main driver to attract original contributions. In turn, a journal’s prestige is based on credibility, diffusion and scientiļ¬c impact. To ensure that the scientiļ¬c process is fully respected, journals rely in the ‘peer review’ system. This process not only allows the editors to select the best possible material for publication, but also assures the readers that the quality of the information follows the highest scientiļ¬c standards. In fact, the process significantly improves the ļ¬nal quality of manuscripts eventually published. Once an article is definitely accepted for publication, the journal should guarantee its expedited publication and widespread diffusion among the scientiļ¬c community. The Editors’ Network of the ESC provides a unique platform for devising editorial initiatives aimed to improve the scientiļ¬c quality, and facilitate diffusion of the contents of NSCJs. Herein we will discuss the importance of the internet and electronic editions in scientiļ¬c publishing. We will also review the growing relevance of open access (OA) strategies. Last but not least, we will propose a new initiative based on a novel electronic tool that may further help to increase the diffusion, dissemination and overall visibility of NSCJs. This tool, located on the ESC website, should foster collaboration among the different NSCJs and also broaden exposure from diverse scientiļ¬c sites and ESC of&

Key words: European Society of Cardiology (ESC), National Society Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJs), scientific contents.



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