LAST UPDATED May 10, 2021

The Society for Cardiovascular and Angiography Interventions (SCAI), the world-leading society for interventional and invasive cardiology, is pleased to announce the launch of its new scientific journal: the Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (JSCAI). 

The new SCAI journal will begin publication in January 2022.   

JSCAI will provide the latest clinical research, first-in-human studies, and other original research on interventional therapies, diagnostic modalities, and innovations across the spectrum of ischemic heart disease, complex coronary disease, pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, structural and valvular disease, and peripheral vascular disease.  It will also be the home for all SCAI’s clinical guidelines and expert consensus documents and publications.   

JSCAI will be a Gold open access journal, available online in partnership with one of the leading medical publishers in the world. The journal will follow the Article-based Publishing model, allowing papers to appear fully citable online just shortly after acceptance.  

When can I read the new journal? 

The new JSCAI will launch in January 2022. 

When can I submit an article to the new journal? 

Submissions for JSCAI will open several months prior to its first publication date in January 2022.  

Will SCAI have two journals, JSCAI and CCI? 

JSCAI will be the official journal of SCAI in 2022. 

What is happening to CCI? 

CCI will continue to be owned and run by Wiley, as we launch our own journal with another world leading STEM publisher. 

Why is the change being made? 

Launching a new journal that is owned and managed by SCAI will enable us to drive quality, make everything accessible through Open Access, and continue to broaden the impact that our evidence-led resources provide for you, our interventional cardiologists. 

What is the purpose of the change? 

Having a journal that is owned by SCAI will enable us to focus on the issues that matter. JSCAI will have a short time to publication with your research instantly accessible to everyone upon publication. JSCAI will also be the home for all SCAI’s clinical guidelines and expert consensus documents and publications. 

How does the change align with SCAI values?  

Owning our own journal will enable us to drive quality and make everything accessible through Open Access and help us to continue to broaden the impact that our evidence-led resources provide for you, our interventional cardiologists. 

What is an Article-based Publishing model and what are article processing charges? 

Article processing charges (APCs) are submitted by the authors of a research work to cover the costs of publishing a manuscript.  While not inherent to open access publishing, most open access journals rely on APCs to cover the cost of editorial review and publication. 

The funds can come from the sponsors or grant funders of the research, institutional funds, or other educational/research funds.  Increasingly institutions are agreeing to pay for their researchers/faculty’s APCs when research funds are not available.  

The charges (and discounts for SCAI members) remain to be determined but will be comparable to other journals in this space.  

What does Gold Open Access (OA) mean? 

Gold OA makes the final version of an article freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication. Copyright for the article is retained by the authors and most of the permission barriers are removed, allowing the re-use of the work as long as the authors are acknowledged and cited as they retain the copyright. An overview of fully OA journals can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). 

Gold OA is the leading trend in medical publishing with many governmental agencies and academic institutions increasingly mandating open access for research findings.  The vast majority of new journals are being published using the Gold OA structure, such as JAHA.

Does being Open Access mean that the standard of research isn’t as good?

Good quality Open Access journals have a rigorous peer review process. This means that an article’s quality, validity, and relevance has been assessed by independent peers within the field. All articles in JSCAI will go through the same peer review process as other leading journals.

There are many fraudulent and predatory journals that do not provide the same quality assurance and services delivered by a reputable journal. SCAI will own and manage JSCAI, and we pride ourselves on offering a journal that you can be proud to publish in.

JSCAI will meet all of the principles of transparency and best practice in scholarly publishing. Over the next few months, the Editorial Board will be announced, the clear conflict of interest policy will be available, and once submissions open, a clear peer review process will be operating.



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