Open Heart is an online-only, open access cardiology journal dedicated to publishing high quality, peer reviewed medical research in all disciplines and therapeutic areas of cardiovascular medicine. Its goal is to ensure maximum transparency and maximum impact on research progress and patient care. 

Open Heart aims to operate a fast submission and review process with continuous publication online, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. The journal adheres to a rigorous and transparent peer review process, and papers are considered on methodological soundness rather than priority or novelty.

The journal is published by BMJ in partnership with the British Cardiovascular Society.

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Open Heart is published continuously, with new articles appearing as soon as they are ready. Browse the latest content now.

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Open Access Week

In celebration of Open Access week get 15% off the Open Access fee when you submit to Open Heart before the 20th November

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Open Heart welcomes original research articles and protocols. We offer a quick submission option whereby you can send us just the abstract and you'll get a rapid response to say if it's in scope.

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World Heart Day

To celebrate World Heart Day 2014, BMJ is offering access to a wide range of cardiology content from across our portfolio. This will be free until the end of October.

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