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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UK death rates for children’s heart surgery have almost halved over past decade and this is despite a rise in the number and complexity of cases.

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ESC Congress

The 2015 ESC Congress will be taking place in London from the 29th August to 2nd September. For more information please visit the ESC homepage.

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Listen to interviews with the latest authors on Open Heart.

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Follow Open Heart on Twitter and Facebook to keep track of the latest news and content from the journal.

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We are also experimenting with using social media in other languages in order to engage our readers around the world.

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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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BCS courses

The British Cardiovascular Society runs a number of courses for UK cardiologists at all levels:

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