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Six new Circulation journals planned for 2008

ORLANDO, Fl., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, will launch six new journals dedicated to presenting the most important papers in key subspecialty areas in cardiology.

The new journals are an extension of the weekly flagship journal, Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, which is ranked first in the areas of cardiac and cardiology vascular systems with an impact factor of 10.940, according to the 2006 Institute for Scientific Informational Journal Citation Reports. The announcement was made at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2007, now underway at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

"The new subspecialty journals reflect the American Heart Association's dedication to meeting the growing need for tightly focused information on areas at the cutting edge of cardiology, while continuing to meet the needs of practitioners in the field of cardiovascular medicine," commented Dr. David Gutterman, chair of the American Heart Association's Scientific Publishing Committee.

The first three journals -- Circulation: Heart Failure, Circulation: Cardiovascular Outcomes and Quality, and Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology -- are scheduled to premiere in Spring 2008. Three additional titles -- Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, and Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions -- will launch later in the year. The launch of these journals marks the first addition of an AHA journal in nearly three decades.

Editor-in-Chief Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D., will oversee the extension of the Circulation brand. "At Circulation, we only accept 10 to 12 percent of submitted manuscripts," Loscalzo said. "We find ourselves unable to accept many papers, not because they aren't of high scientific quality, but because they aren't the highest priority for a general cardiology audience. The new Circulation subspecialty journals will allow us to present these important papers while following the same high editorial standards as for the main journal."

The subspecialty journals will have independent editorial boards, but the manuscript review process will be managed jointly with Circulation. In addition to their regular bi-monthly print publication schedule, each new journal will have its own journal Web site on which articles will be published ahead of print upon acceptance. These articles will be available to AHA members and subscribers, along with other online features.

The six new titles reflect the increasing trend toward specialization among cardiology professionals. "Many of the papers that we have been unable to accept for the weekly journal have been high-quality studies addressing critical clinical topics such as heart failure, electrophysiology, cardiovascular imaging, and interventions. The new journals will allow us to present these important papers for all cardiologists practicing in these specific areas," Loscalzo said.

"Other papers are in areas that are rapidly evolving as disciplines in their own right, such as cardiovascular outcomes and quality. In addition, although it may not yet be directly applicable to everyday practice, cardiovascular genetics is an increasingly important topic," Loscalzo added. "Our hope is that the new Circulation subspecialty journals will provide a focal point for members of these subspecialties to come together and form professional communities."

Plans call for efforts to keep readers of the regular weekly journal apprised of important new papers from the subspecialty journals, including links on the Circulation Web site, The new titles -- along with Circulation and other AHA journals -- will also be available on the Journals@Ovid Web site, the world's largest online database of more than 900 premiere medical journals offered exclusively by Ovid Technologies, an operating company of the Wolters Kluwer Health division.

Visitors to Scientific Sessions 2007 can learn more about plans for the new Circulation subspecialty journals at the AHA HeartQuarters, Booth 1346; or at the LWW exhibit in the Publishers Showcase, Booth 971.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2005-06 the association invested more than $543 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ( is a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is a division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services and publishing company with annual revenues (2006) of €3.7 billion and approximately 19,900 employees worldwide. Visit

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