- Authors should obtain written permission from all individuals who are listed in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript, because readers may infer their endorsement of data and conclusions. The corresponding author must complete the online eForm, certifying that (1) all persons who have made substantial contributions in the manuscript (eg, data collection, analysis, or writing or editing assistance), but who do not fulfill authorship criteria, are named with their specific contributions in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript; (2) all persons named in the Acknowledgments section have provided the corresponding author with written permission to be named in the manuscript; and (3) if an Acknowledgments section is not included, no other persons have made substantial contributions to this manuscript.
- Each author should meet all criteria below and should indicate general and specific contributions by reading the criteria and checking the appropriate lines in the online eForm.
- By checking the online eForm box, I certify these three things: The manuscript represents valid work and neither it nor another one that that I have written with substantially similar content has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in an attachment. If asked, I will provide or fully cooperate in obtaining and providing the data on which the manuscript is based so the editors or their assignees can examine it. For papers with more than 1 author, I agree to allow the corresponding author to be the main correspondent with the editorial office, review the edited manuscript and proof, and make decisions about releasing manuscript information to the media, federal agencies, or both. I have given final approval of the submitted manuscript I have, or a coauthor has, had sufficient access to the data to verify the manuscript's scientific integrity. I have participated sufficiently in the manuscript to take public responsibility for part of the content OR the whole content.
- The author who signs the online eForm assigns, conveys, and otherwise transfers all rights, title, interest, and copyright ownership in this Work to the AHA when the AHA accepts it for publication. "Work" means the material submitted for publication plus any other related material submitted to the AHA. The rights assigned to the AHA include (but are not limited to) the rights to edit, publish, reproduce, distribute copies, prepare derivative works, include in indexes or search databases in print, electronic, or other media (whether or not they are used when this agreement is executed), and laim copyright in this Work throughout the world for as long as it is copyrighted,including renewals or extensions. All accepted Works become the AHA's property and may not be published elsewhere without the AHA's prior written permission. Authors may use parts of the Work (eg, tables, figures) in subsequent works without asking the AHA's permission. Authors hereby represent and warrant that they are the sole authors of the Work, all authors have participated in and agree with the content and Work's conclusions, the Work is original and does not infringe upon any copyright, proprietary, or personal right of any third party, and no part of it nor any Work based on substantially similar data has been submitted to another journal for publication.
- All authors must complete and sign the COI Disclosure Questionnaire.
- Authors must disclose any and all relationships that could be perceived as real or apparent conflict(s) of interest. Please fill out the electronic Disclosure Form upon submission.
- Each author is required to identify all relationships within the past 2 years that are relevant to the topic of the manuscript and might be perceived as a real or potential COI. A relationship is "relevant" if the relationship or interest relates to the topic in terms of any of the following: the same or similar subject matter or topic; the same, similar or competing drug or device, product or service, intellectual property or asset; a drug or device company or its competitor; or has the reasonable potential to result in financial, professional or other personal gain or loss for you, members of your household or employer.
- Each author is required to classify each disclosed relationship as either “Significant” or “Modest”. A relationship is considered to be “Significant” if (a) the person receives $10,000 or more during any 12-month period, or 5% or more of the person's gross income; or (b) the person owns 5% or more of the voting stock or share of the entity, or owns $10,000 or more of the fair market value of the entity. A relationship is considered to be “Modest” if it is less than “Significant” under the preceding definition. If an author has no conflicts to declare, they must indicate None. Additionally, authors must disclose any and all relationships that could be perceived as real or apparent COIs after the Acknowledgments section.
- COI disclosures will be published in the Disclosures section, which appears after the Acknowledgments section, in the accepted article.
- ATVB now offers an open access option for full-length, Original Contributions. The corresponding author may select an open access option during the first submission of the manuscript. Please review the options here: http://atvb.ahajournals.org/content/open-access. All authors will be required to complete the same agreement if the manuscript is accepted. All agreements are completed at the revision stage.
- The use of digital media for image acquisition and processing introduces the potential for inadvertent distortion of data. To prevent such distortion, the following guiding principles should be followed:
- Data should neither be added to, nor removed from, an image by digital manipulation.
- Figures assembled from multiple images must indicate the separation of the parts by lines.
- Linear adjustment of contrast, brightness or color must be applied equally to all parts of an entire image.
- Deviations from the above, including nonlinear adjustments, must be indicated in the figure legend along with a description of the processing software used.
- If questions arise, the authors must be prepared to submit the original, unaltered files from which the submitted figures were derived.
Conflict of Interest
- Original manuscripts authored or coauthored by the Editor-in-Chief and/or any of the Associate Editors are handled by a Consulting Editor, who makes all decisions about the manuscript (including choice of referees and ultimate acceptance or rejection). The entire process is handled confidentially. All manuscripts submitted from the Editor-in-Chief's home institution are also handled entirely by a Consulting Editor. Manuscripts from an Associate Editor's institution can be handled by the Editor or another Associate Editor as long as those individuals are not from the same institution. Additionally, the Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors may, from time to time, refer a manuscript to a Consulting Editor to avoid a real or reasonably perceived conflict of interest.
- The AHA Conflict of Interest Policy (downloadable PDF) contains the full conflict of interest policy.
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