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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • All content published in the European Atherosclerosis Journal is licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.
    By publishing in the journal, copyright is retained by the author but the rights for commercial reuse are transferred to publisher.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

European Atherosclerosis Journal - Guidelines for Authors in pdf format

European Atherosclerosis Journal
is an international, peer-reviewed, fully open access, four-monthly journal. Papers must be submitted exclusively using the online submission system. To submit your paper, go to the link

Authorship and Author Contributions
An Authorship/Author Contributions statement, that specifies the contribution of every listed author (conception, writing, editing, and revision) is required for all types of papers. Please include this statement in your manuscript before submitting it.

Changes to authorship
Authors must provide a definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any change (addition, deletion, or change of order) in the author list after initial submission must be agreed upon by all authors and approved by the Editor-in-Chief. While the Editor-in-Chief considers the request of change, publication of the manuscript will be withheld; in the case that the manuscript has already been published in an issue, any requests approved by the Editor-in-Chief will appear as a corrigendum.

ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor ID
ORCID is mandatory for corresponding authors at the time of the submission; all the other authors are encouraged to include ORCID information. Read more about ORCID



European Atherosclerosis Journal will consider different article types, including original research papers, reviews, methodology papers, editorials, letters to the Editor, viewpoints, congress/conference reports.

Article categories
Length of article, abstract, figures, and number of references for each category of paper:



Original Paper

Methodology papers, Short Communications

Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Viewpoints, Congress/Conference proceedings

Abstract maximum length

250 words

250 words

150 words


Manuscript maximum length

6000 words

5000 words

3000 words

1500 words

Figure/Table number










Flexibility on word count may be offered after discussion with the Editor-in-Chief.

Original Research Papers
Original Research papers include Basic Research papers, reporting results of original research using cell cultures or animal models, Clinical and Population Research papers, reporting results from observational, interventional, and genetic studies in humans, and Translational Research papers, reporting results of research from both bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench. Original research papers should not exceed 5000 words (including legends to figures and tables), 5 figures/tables, and 60 references. Additional information, tables, and figures will be published as Supplementary material.

Review Articles
Review articles must focus on topics of major interest in basic, clinical, or translational research. Publication of review articles in this Journal is by invitation only. However, the Journal will consider for publication also unsolicited review articles from authors who have contributed substantially to the field. Authors who have not been invited to submit a Review by the Editor-in-Chief or an Editorial Board member should send a letter of interest, an abstract, and a cover letter listing previously published papers on the selected topic to the Editorial Office, whether the topic is of interest for the Journal. All those who significantly contributed to the conception, execution, and revision of the review should be listed as co-authors. All review articles (either invited or unsolicited) will undergo a regular peer review process. The following word limits apply: abstract 250 words, main text 6000 words, 6 figures/tables, and 100 references. Authors are encouraged to include a "mechanism/overview" figure and one bullet point box highlighting the main key points.

Methodology papers
Methodology papers describe novel methods, relevant modifications, or novel applications of established methods in experimental, clinical, or epidemiological research in the field of atherosclerosis. The following word limits apply: abstract 150 words, main text 3000 words (including legends to figures and tables), 3 figures/tables, and 30 references.

Short Communications
Short Communications are short contributions for rapid dissemination, focusing on a specific aspect or a new finding that is expected to have a significant impact. Short Communications are limited to 3000 words and should contain an abstract, a main body and no more than 30 references. The abstract is limited to 150 words and should be followed by up to 5 keywords. The number of figures/tables should not exceed 3.

Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and Viewpoints
Editorials are contributions written upon invitation from the Editor-in-Chief or a member of the Editorial Board by expert authors on a recent Original Research Paper of particular interest (published in European Atherosclerosis Journal or other journals). Editorials should not exceed 1500 words and 15 references; 1 figure/table is encouraged.
Letters to the Editor and Viewpoints. If you have specific issues that you wish to raise concerning work published in European Atherosclerosis Journal, please submit your opinion as a Letter to the Editor or Viewpoint. Papers must not exceed 1500 words (including references), 15 references, and 2 figures/tables. The inclusion of novel data (Viewpoint) will increase the chance of acceptance. The author(s) of the commented manuscript will have the opportunity to respond, and the response will be published in the same issue of the Journal. Please submit these papers to the Editor-in-Chief (Prof. Alberto Corsini, [email protected])

Congress/Conference Proceedings
Congress/Conference reports are accepted for publication in European Atherosclerosis Journal and must be structured as follows: 1) authors and contact details (postal address of all authors and email address of the corresponding author); 2) name of the conference and name of the organizing society); 3) conference dates and venue, and website address if available; 4) topics covered by the conference; 5) conflict of interest statement concerning the congress (e.g. sponsorship). The word count of the entire report (items 1 through 5) must not exceed 1500 words, and 1 figure/table can be included.



General information. Prepare the manuscript text using a Word processing package and submit it in this format. Do not submit your manuscript as a PDF. Indicate on the title page the word count and the number of figures and/or tables included in the paper. Submitted manuscripts must not exceed 5000 words for Original paper, 6000 words for Reviews, 3000 words for Methodology papers, and 1500 for other article categories, excluding references, tables, and figures. Oxford English spelling should be used.

Title page. The title page must include 1) the title, 2) the name (given name and family name) of all authors and their affiliations (where the work was done, 3) the e-mail address and contact details of the corresponding author. Include also a short title (max 40 characters).

Abstract. The abstract should not exceed 250 words (150 words for Methodology papers).

Keywords. A maximum of 6 keywords should be submitted.

Main text. The manuscript must contain the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflict of interest (mandatory), Funding (if applicable), Author contribution (mandatory), Acknowledgements (if applicable), References. Abbreviations must be defined when first used in the text.

Tables. Tables must be submitted as Word files, with titles and legends. Tables can be included in the same file as the main text or in a separate file. All tables must have a title and be numbered consecutively and in the order they appear in the text.

Figures. Figures must be numbered consecutively and in the order they appear in the text. Figures must have a title and a legend with a brief description. Figures must be suitable for high-quality reproduction. Submit figures in file(s) separated from that of the main manuscript. Any number exceeding that indicated for a specific article category should be designated as supplementary material.

Acknowledgments. This section should acknowledge any significant contribution of individuals who did not qualify for authorship.

Conflict of interest. All authors must declare any potential conflicts of interest (please refer to the ICMJE guidelines). A conflict of interest statement must be included in the submitted manuscript. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. An International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) disclosure of potential conflicts of interest (COI) form to be submitted for each author and must be received when a revised manuscript is submitted.

Source of funding. A detailed list of all funding sources for the submitted work must be given in a separate section (“Funding”). The list must contain the full funding agency name and grant number(s).

Declaration of Helsinki. Paper reporting results of research involving human subjects must contain a declaration that it complies with the Declaration of Helsinki, that the research protocol has been approved by the local ethics committee, and that informed consent has been obtained from all involved subjects (or their legally authorized representative).

References. In the main text, indicate references by number(s) in square brackets and number them in the order cited. All references must be reported at the end of the article in the Reference section using the Vancouver style. Use of DOI is required.

Supplementary data. The material that is not included in the main text of the manuscript can be made available as supplementary data.

Permissions information. Written permission must be obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources. If tables and figures included in the manuscript are original and have not been previously published, authors must include the following statement: “The authors declare that all images and figures in the manuscript are original and do not require reprint permission”



All manuscripts submitted to European Atherosclerosis Journal will be evaluated by the Editorial Board. Manuscripts will be returned to authors if they do not meet submission requirements. Manuscripts that pass the first stage will undergo a regular peer review process.
After acceptance, the corresponding author will be contacted by the editorial office. Page proofs will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author, who should check carefully for any changes or typographic errors. Corrected proofs must be returned to the editorial office within 3 working days.


European Atherosclerosis Journal - Guidelines for Authors in pdf format



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