JACC Journals Continue to Grow and Innovate

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) continues to rank as the top cardiovascular journal when it comes to scientific impact. According to the 2014 Impact Factors for Journals, JACC holds the top position among all 123 cardiovascular journals worldwide.

Since assuming the role of JACC editor in chief, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, has spent the last nearly two years working to further broaden this global reach. In the past year alone, state-of-the-art research in JACC, as well as editorial commentary from global cardiovascular leaders, has been featured in major media outlets around the world. At ACC.16, a record number of abstracts presented over the course of the next three days will be simultaneously published in JACC or in one of the JACC journals.

“The Editors and I have actively chosen content that will have relevance to the global clinical community,” said Fuster. “Sixty percent of JACC’s submissions already come from outside the U.S., and we expect this percentage to continue to rise.”

Several key additions to the journal also make it easier for cardiovascular professionals to make use of the science presented within its pages. To date, the downloads for the audio summaries, which are linked to every JACC article – and more recently JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology — now exceed two million. The central illustrations have also proven useful in visually summarizing research highlights in a manner that is easy to share with the more than 47,000 followers of JACC journals on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, or use in slide presentations summarizing the latest research on major cardiovascular topics.

Access to JACC and the other JACC journals continues to rank among the top ACC member benefits, particularly among the growing numbers of International Fellows and Associates. Regular Early Career and Fellow in Training features, focused issues on topics like population health promotion, special state-of-the-art review series on topics like statistical principles, and perspectives authored by ACC’s sections, councils and more recently international chapters are only serving to increase this value.

Looking to the future, Fuster notes that the JACC family of journals are only going to continue to grow in stature and presence. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions also rank among the top 10 cardiovascular journals worldwide, while newer journals like JACC: Heart Failure and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology are building solid reputations of their own.

JACC’s newest journal, JACC: Basic to Translational Science, made its debut last month under the leadership of Douglas L. Mann, MD, FACC. As ACC’s first open-access journal, it will serve as a forum for advancing the field of translational cardiovascular medicine, and as a platform for accelerating the translation of novel scientific discoveries into new therapies that improve clinical outcomes for patients affected with or at risk for cardiovascular disease.

“As the time from translating science to the clinical setting continues to quicken, it seemed an opportune time to launch a journal in the JACC family specifically dedicated to this field,” said Fuster.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Acute Heart Failure

Keywords: ACC Publications, ACC Annual Scientific Session, Cardiovascular Diseases, Electrophysiology, Health Promotion, Heart Failure, Translational Medical Research

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