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Aims and scope

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR) publishes high-quality articles on all aspects of basic, translational and clinical research on the design, development, manufacture, and evaluation of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) methods applied to the cardiovascular system. Topical areas include, but are not limited to:

  • New applications of magnetic resonance to improve the diagnostic strategies, risk stratification, characterization and management of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system.
  • New methods to enhance or accelerate image acquisition and data analysis.
  • Results of multicenter, or larger single-center studies that provide insight into the utility of CMR.
  • Basic biological perceptions derived by CMR methods.

Why publish your article in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance?

  • We are the official publication of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
  • As the leading journal on cardiovascular imaging and the only journal dedicated to our field, we publish high-quality research on the design, development, manufacture, and evaluation of cardiovascular magnetic resonance methods.
  • As a fully open access publication with more than one million article downloads per year, our journal reaches a broad international readership and offers high visibility for your work, maximising your impact and acting as a springboard for further discovery.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs.  Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1870.00/$2680.00/€2170.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charges page.

JCMR is the official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). Submissions from SCMR members will be charged a reduced article-processing charge of USD $500. More information on becoming an SCMR member can be found on the SCMR website.

For non-members of the Society, some or all of the publication cost may be covered if the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program (more details available on the membership page).

BMC provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are included in:

  • UGC-CARE List (India)
  • TD Net Discovery Service
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
  • Science Citation Index
  • SCImago
  • Reaxys
  • PubMedCentral
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest Technology Collection
  • ProQuest Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts
  • ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Natural Science Collection
  • ProQuest Medical Database
  • ProQuest Materials Science and Engineering Database
  • ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Collection
  • ProQuest Environmental Science
  • ProQuest Engineering
  • ProQuest Electronics and Communications Abstracts
  • ProQuest Computer and Information Systems Abstracts
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Biotechnology Research Abstracts
  • ProQuest Biological Science Database
  • ProQuest Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
  • ProQuest Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • Naver
  • Medline
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
  • INIS Atomindex
  • Google Scholar
  • Gale
  • EMCare
  • EBSCO Science & Technology Collection
  • EBSCO STM Source
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
  • EBSCO Advanced Placement Source
  • EBSCO Academic Search
  • Dimensions
  • DOAJ
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - GoOA
  • CNKI

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Edited by Warren J. Manning, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is supported by an expert Editorial Board. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

Articles in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 2009, 1:115.

Refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.


Online publication in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.


As an author of an article published in Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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