On sweet undeniable feeling of power of international intellectual feudalism, bias, discrimination, censoring and theft
Introducing the first issue of a new peer-reviewed international journal on cardiovascular surgery and transplantation, cardiology and broad spectrum of relevant disciplines – Heart Vessels and Transplantation, I would like to highlight main editorial and publishing policies.You may find in the next Editorial the reasons why we decided to publish a new international peer-reviewed journal
Why to publish the new journal in English language on cardiovascular medicine in the international environment of abundance in specialized journals worldwide? It is reasonable to provide the rationale for this:
"Continuing medical education“, "lifelong learning“, "continuous professional development“, "physicians as scholars“ – several terms with ovelapping meaning and with a commom aim. They stress the ethical obligation of healthcare professional to ensure the high quality of health care and its continuous improvement, by continuous learning , by keeping healthcare professional at the latest level of knowledge in the field (1, 2) (). Lifelong learning and continuous medical education has become the natural part of medicine.
These are general guidelines for using statistics in medical papers in accurate and precise way (1-3). Hereafter you can find the brief excerpt of main rules for reporting statistical data (1-7). The main rule is clearly defining the research question/hypothesis and design of the study, which should guide you in selection of appropriate tests.
This is an unannounced editorial; despite we promised to give platform for our international editors I decided to write myself to answer the rhetoric question addressed by junior researchers and clinicians – does your journal has impact factor, to submit or not submit?
To answer the question, why do we need a new medical journal in Central Asia, it is essential to understand that with transition to the new standards of scientific research in majority of Central Asian countries, the crucial need in change of approaches in biomedical publishing corresponding to worldwide standards has emerged.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. In the last 20 years, it has become one of the most important public health problems and a significant cause of increasing healthcare expenditures. The prevalence of AF is also increasing due to the improved ability to suspect and diagnose AF in the setting of variety of chronic cardiac and non-cardiac diseases.
In the city of Zhovkva, near Lviv, on May 8-13, 2017, the 20th anniversary International Research Interdisciplinary School (IRIS) for young scientists working in the field of biomedical sciences was held for the first time in Ukraine. The program of this school is based on the Research Workshop developed at Duke University, USA. The initiative for the IRIS was started by the American Journal of Electrocardiology in 2006 and supported by a number of European national and international journals. The main purpose of the school was to develop the ability of its participants to plan and conduct scientific projects in biomedical disciplines.
From 2006 to now, International Research Interdisciplinary Schools (IRIS) previously called as The International Scientific Schools has provided necessary skills for its participants about research principles and research training, which have been usually forgotten in the curricula of continued medical education (1).
Another question I hear frequently from students, junior researchers and clinicians, is related to the selection of the research field for their future research career: “What field of science is THE FIELD for an exciting research, for being a successful and recognized researcher and for contributing to innovations?” And a related question: “Is it possible to do research without new sophisticated equipment?”, or in other words: “Is it possible to do a good research when I do not have latest (expensive) technology or I am not in the new emerging promising field of science”?
Recently, the Higher Attestation Commission (HAC) of the Kyrgyz Republic has been actively working to improve the quality of scientific research on the basis of which theses are defended and scientific personnel are certified. Previously the basic requirement for the publication of scientific research results concerned mainly the number of published works.
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe condition with high morbidity and a high in-hospital and 5- year mortality . Part of the strategy to decrease mortality is early diagnosis, adequate antimicrobial treatment and best surgical timing as well as access to surgery. Establishing the causative pathogen is of paramount importance, and in most settings routine blood cultures are used for this purpose, although other sites may be cultured, such as distant emboli. Besides this, serological diagnosis may important in suggestive epidemiological scenarios, especially for Bartonella spp and Coxiella burnetii.
We also announce the educational activity our journal is involved- International Research Interdisciplinary School (program developed at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA) that will be held on the shore of Issik-Kul, Kyrgyzstan in June 2018, this is the second school in our country, which was held in many countries all over the globe ..
“With my work, I am the son of my nation. Before these people I bow. People, I'm your slave. Not only with work, but with my blood I belong to you. I am Isa.” It is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of Academician Isa Akhunbaev
In this issue, we published the editorial about prominent surgeon, founder of cardiovascular surgery in Central Asia who performed first heart surgery – Professor Isa K. Akhunbaev.
In this last issue of the year 2018, we published original research article on role of cytokines in hypertension with LVH and surgical AF ablation, interesting case report and challenging quiz on paced ECG, as well as invited review on advances on echocardiography.