Dr. Richard Kones
The 'Journal of Cardiac Disease and Advanced Treatment' will be guided by the same ideals and principles.
The number of new publications and data, even within formerly narrow fields in medicine, has increased drastically with each decade. As a result, it is difficult to find and assimilate new and potentially rewarding developments in subspecialties. Correspondingly, the sources of new information have responded accordingly, with many choices as the publishing terrain continues to evolve.
The Journal of Cardiac Diseases and Advanced Treatment is being launched with an emphasis on subject matter that is novel, with great potential, or has unusual relevance. New evidence or views of traditional topics will also be given priority.
In addition, evidence-based positions on controversial subjects will be given special consideration. The operative words are evidence-based, since in this day and age, naked presentations of personal views are no longer sufficient to be seriously considered. This is not to say they are unworthy, but simply that the methods by which they are argued must be more supported than solely conceptual, even when hypothesis-generating manuscripts are concerned. Producing rigorous data and meritorious publications, one must always recall the well-known comedian Rodney Dangerfield and his life-long struggle to gain respect. As Mr. Dangerfield found, quality and persistence propelled his career the most.
Cardiology has always been a field that moves ahead rapidly, driven by innovative technology and ideas. As always, currently the future is bright. Even though the background of cardiovascular risk and cardiac mortality remain unacceptably high worldwide, everyday teams are working in all countries to remedy this situation. Now more often than previously, interinstitutional partnerships in basic research and clinical trials have added the advantages of teamwork and diversity to projects. All share one common quest: greater understanding of cardiovascular disease to relieve suffering, prevent progression, lower mortality and above all, the prevention of pathology before it becomes evident. I have great faith in human ability and capacity to solve seemingly overwhelming problems together.