Professor Neil Morgan and Dr Davor Pavlovic.
Left to right: Professor Neil Morgan and Dr Davor Pavlovic.

The Journal of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine is a PubMed listed, Open Access journal, with a current impact factor of 6.050. Professor Morgan has been appointed to Chief Editor for the Cardiovascular Genetics and Systems Medicine section of the journal.

The section Cardiovascular Genetics and Systems Medicine concentrates on papers covering a range of topics in all aspects of cardiovascular genetics with a special emphasis on systems medicine approaches.

I am delighted to undertake this important editorial role for this rapidly expanding journal in the cardiovascular field. Frontiers is a well-recognised platform for publishing open access research which reaches out to the international cardiovascular research community.

Professor Neil Morgan

The rapid recent progress in multi-scale, patient-centred approaches applying OMICs technologies, including genomics, methylomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and metabonomics, have highlighted the need to implement an overall strategy in medical research to achieve improved patient care and treatment outcomes.

Computational and mathematical modelling approaches especially are needed to move toward a more holistic understanding of mechanisms and treatment options for cardiovascular disease.

Recognising these challenges, the editors of Cardiovascular Genetics and Systems Medicine encourage genetic and systems-oriented cardiovascular research that would lead to improved prevention, more comprehensive diagnostics, and individually adjusted therapy schemes in precision medicine.

JMCC PLUS is a new open access journal of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR). It is a sister journal to the established Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology with a current impact factor of 5.000. Dr Pavlovic has been appointed deputy editor.

The journal aims to publish fundamental and translational research that advances knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for both normal and diseased cardiovascular function. At JMCC PLUS the focus is on robust scientific validity and high technical quality.

In addition to mechanistic research, JMCC Plus also considers rigorously tested negative results, replication studies, studies repeating key experiments in different model systems and datasets generated from functional or multi-omics studies as resource papers. Selected papers are also given an opportunity to present their work in the ISHR-JMCC webinars, see the YouTube channel for previously hosted webinars. The journal’s social media team work hard to promote research on their social media channels.

The International Society for Heart Research was set up in 1968 and the community is made up of over 3,000 members, in 7 international Sections (Australasian, Chinese, European, Indian, Japanese, Latin American, and North American).

It is a great honour to take on the deputy editor role of the JMCC Plus, a companion journal to the ISHR’s flagship Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. I look forward to developing the journal into a go-to vehicle for rapid dissemination of cardiovascular research findings. It is also our intention to help improve the scientific dialogue and build a stronger community through our webinars and social media channels.

Dr Davor Pavlovic