Authors’ Responsibilities and Ethical Publishing


  • Louise Gabrielle Shewan
  • Andrew J. Stewart Coats
  • Michael Henein



Cardiology, Ethics, Retraction


The International Cardiovascular Forum Journal requires authors to abide by the following guidelines:

Manuscript: The corresponding author declares that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration elsewhere.

Authorship: The corresponding author takes full responsibility for the list of authors.  Any modification to the author list including order and composition can only be approved by the Editor-in-Chief following signed agreement from all the authors listed on the original submission.

Ethics: The corresponding author states that the material presented has been obtained with the approval of all appropriate animal and/or human ethics committee(s).

Permissions: The corresponding author on behalf of all authors confirms whether explicit written consent to publish has been received from any people described, pictured, or recorded and that formal copyright clearance is obtained to publish any video or audio recordings.

Registration of Clinical Trials: Prospective registration of any clinical trial in a publically accessible database is a requirement for later publication of such trials in ICFJ. In exceptional circumstance if the trial is not registered, or is registered retrospectively, the reasons for this must be given.

Competing Interests: All authors must declare all relevant competing interests (financial, or non-financial, professional, or personal) and state all funding sources.

Attribution: The corresponding author accepts full responsibility for the accurate citation and acknowledgement of any material reproduced from other publications including the author’s own prior work.

It is incumbent upon the corresponding author to consult the Editor-in-Chief should there be any variance of the above. The Editor-in-Chief retains the right to retract any submission found to be in breach of the above guidelines.