Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery operates an open peer-review system, where the reviewers' names are included on the peer review reports for authors. In addition, if the article is published, the named reviewer reports are published online alongside the article under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Previous versions of the manuscript and all author responses to the reviewers are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The benefit of open peer review is that it increases transparency. The peer reviewers and Editors are fully accountable for the decisions made, bias is reduced as reviewer reports are named, published reports can serve an educational purpose in helping facilitate training and research into peer review, and reviewers can get credit for their work.
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.
Annual Journal Metrics
78 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
65 days to first decision for all manuscripts
120 days from submission to acceptance
15 days from acceptance to publication
1.117 - 2-year Impact Factor
1.294 - 5-year Impact Factor
0.938 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
0.607 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
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