Ethics and rights

It is unethical for authors to submit multiple similar manuscripts for publication at a time. It is also unethical for authors to submit a manuscript that has already been published or is in the process of review elsewhere. The manuscripts are considered for review only under the conditions that they are not under consideration elsewhere and that the data presented have not or have not been previously published. On acceptance, transfer of copyright to the ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY will be required.

Human studies must be performed with the subjects’ written informed consent. Authors must provide the details of this procedure and indicate that the institutional committee on human research has approved the study protocol. Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in your paper. Patients have a right to privacy. Therefore, identifying information, including patients’ images, names, initials, or hospital names, should not be included in written descriptions and photographs. Articles concerning human or animal research should comply with the Declaration of Helsinki and this must be stated in the methods section.

All authors must make a formal statement at the time of submission indicating any potential conflict of interest that might constitute an embarrassment to any of the authors if it were not to be declared and were to emerge after publication. Such conflicts might include, but are not limited to, shareholding in or receipt of a grant or consultancy fee from a company whose product features in the submitted manuscript or which manufactures a competing product. All sources of funding for the work should be acknowledged on the title page, as should all institutional affiliations of the authors. This includes associations such as consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interests or patent-licensing arrangements. If no relationship with industry exists, please state this on the title page.
Each author must have contributed significantly to the submitted work. The Editors consider authorship to include all of the following:

  • substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
  • drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  • final approval of the version to be published;
  • agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Authors must agree to the following statements.
  1. The paper is not under consideration elsewhere.
  2. None of the paper’s contents, excepting the abstracts, have been previously published.
  3. All authors have read and approved the manuscript. The corresponding author should be specified on the title page. All editorial communications will be sent to this author.

The corresponding author is the one who will be contacted for submission queries.


Authors must report their work accurately and precisely in order to be reproduced by other researchers independently. Plagiarism and falsification in any parts of the submitted paper are serious offences to the scientific community and must strictly be avoided. The ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY is committed to the highest standards of research and publication ethics, and does not allow any form of plagiarism. All submitted manuscripts are screened with plagiarism software (Grammarly Business) at least two times during the evaluation process to detect instances of overlapping and similar text.


Articles are published for free.


The ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY is an open access journal. All content is freely available without charge to any user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.
As an author, you retain rights for large number of author uses, including use by your employing institution or company. These rights are retained and permitted without the need to obtain specific permission from Editor.
These include:

  • the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to full texts of the articles;
  • the right to present the article published in the journal within a meeting or conference;
  • the right to include the article published in the journal, fully or partially, in a thesis or dissertation;
  • patent and trademark rights and rights to any process or procedure described in the article published in the journal;
  • the right to use the article published in the journal or any part thereof in a printed compilation of works of the author,
  • the right to prepare other derivative works, to extend the article published in the journal into book-length form, or to otherwise re-use portions or excerpts in other works, with full acknowledgement of its original publication in the journal.


The ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY requires that each author, reviewer, and editor must disclose to the editor-in-chief any conflict of interest related to family, personal, financial, political or religious issues as well as any competing interest. Whether or not a conflict of interest and financial support exist, they must be declared at the ICMJE CONFLICT OF INTEREST FORM as well as at the end of the manuscripts. If a reviewer, an associate editor, or a section editor has a conflict of interest and/or believes that it is not appropriate to be a reviewer, or an editor for a given manuscript, the reviewer or the editor should resign from the assignment. The Editorial Board members of the ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, who handle submissions and recommend decisions to the Editor-in-chief may also submit their own manuscripts to the journal as all of them are active researchers and scientists. However, they cannot take place at any stage on the editorial decision of their manuscripts in order to minimize any possible bias. They will be treated like any other author, and if any, final acceptance of such manuscripts can only be made by the positive recommendation of at least two external reviewers, who are not the members of decision-making Editorial Board.

In the event that a member of Editorial Board is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the Editorial Board shall deal with allegations appropriately, asking the authors to retract or to correct the article if necessary, after asking other reviewers to analyze the paper in question. Our journal is willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.


ISSN – online: 2734 – 6382
ISSN-L 1220-658X
ISSN – print: 1220-658X
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CODE: 379
CME Credits: 10 (Romanian College of Physicians)