Aims and scope

Open Heart is an online-only, open access cardiology journal that aims to be “open” in many ways: open access (free access for all readers), open peer review (unblinded peer review) and open data (data sharing is encouraged). The goal is to ensure maximum transparency and maximum impact on research progress and patient care.

The journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, peer reviewed medical research in all disciplines and therapeutic areas of cardiovascular medicine. Research is published across all study phases and designs, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or specialist studies. Opinionated discussions on controversial topics are welcomed.

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 all articles go through a statistical assessment to ensure robustness of the analyses.

Open Heart is an official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Editorial Board

For information about the Open Heart Editor-in-Chief Pascal Meier and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


Open Heart is co-owned by the British Cardiovascular Society and BMJ.

Journal information

Publication model Open access
Frequency Continuous online publication
Launch date 2014
Digital archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), DOAJ, Google Scholar
Impact factor N/A
CiteScore 2.33 (2017)
Peer review model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN 2053-3624

Journal statistics (2018)

Acceptance rate 80% for original research
Mean time from submission to first decision 57 days
Mean time from acceptance to online publication 22 days

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