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One must admit that cardiac surgery has evolved magnificently over the last decades. Through the development and application of technologies that were, in the past, almost unthinkable, cardiac surgery today has become a highly respected discipline, offering treatments to patients worldwide, with seemingly very good results. But is this in fact reality?... And if so, does room for improvement still remain?... With the section Heart Surgery in Frontiers in Surgery, not only do we propose a platform to discuss these questions, but also, and perhaps more importantly, we aim to play a central role in assisting our authors and readers to report their experiences, to benefit from them, and to foster an active role in creating a better future.
The specialty section Heart Surgery reports on all traditional aspects of cardiac surgery. It also covers complementary facets that are critical for a clear understanding of the current cardiac surgery world and upcoming challenges. Heart Surgery is therefore a platform open to every person with a connection to this discipline. Cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, perfusionists, anesthetists and intensivists, basic, clinical, and other translational research scientists as well as epidemiologists, pathologists, nursing staff, industry collaborators, and politicians are welcome to meet and interact in the section Heart Surgery. Seeking high-quality, honesty, and transparency in communications of good ideas, valuable opinions and reliable scientific analyses, this specialty section offers rapid and innovative manuscript processing by virtue of its highly professional administrative team, and its committed and experienced panel of associate editors and reviewers.
Welcome to the frontiers in heart surgery… and beyond!
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Heart Surgery welcomes submissions of the following article types: Case Report, Clinical Study Protocol, Clinical Trial, Correction, Curriculum, Instruction, and Pedagogy, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Heart Surgery, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Heart Surgery will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine.