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Established by 38 experts in cardiovascular and psychiatric fields from around the globe, the journal Heart and Mind (HM) published its first issue in May 2017. Since this first issue launched, HM has focused on diverse topics, such as the relationship between cardiovascular/cerebrovascular disease and mental stress, of cardiovascular disease and environmental factors, or on biochemical mechanisms of interaction between cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, on cardiovascular disease and neuroscience, on drug treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and on basic research related to psycho-cardiology, all of which have emerged to be hot topics in medicine. Presently, scientists are gaining deeper insight into the occurrence and mechanism of development of human disease. Exploring and studying the relationships between cardiovascular diseases and mental/psychological disorders, as well as their correlations and interactions with other diseases, environmental and lifestyle factors, which are key to understanding the diagnosis and treatment of these widespread human diseases. Looking forward to the future, HM, as an international medical journal supported by global experts, will provide an efficient and high-quality platform for academic exchange to accelerate discovery in all related fields.

Heart and Mind (ISSN: 2468-6476) is an international peer reviewed journal that keeps clinical physicians and research scientists up to date with important research advances relating to the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and mental health, including their correlations and interactions with other diseases, environmental and lifestyle factors. The journal is published quarterly by Wolters Kluwer-Medknow and the full text is available online at http://www.heartmindjournal.org.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, Netherlands ISSN centre, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, EMBASE/ Excerpta Medica, Index Copernicus, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

  Scope of the journal

As shown in the figure below, HM focuses on relationships between cardiovascular diseases and mental/psychological disorders, as well as their correlations and interactions with other diseases, environmental and lifestyle factors.


HM will publish papers that report the latest basic research and clinical developments, with particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on the following topics:

  • Psycho-cardiology which studies the relationship between mental/psychological factors and cardiovascular diseases and the influence of controlling these factors on the outcome of cardiovascular diseases. Examples include: personality and hypertension, stress and myocardial infarction, anxiety and myocardial ischemia, etc. In particular, we welcome the clinical study of other comorbidities in patients with psycho-cardiac diseases, such as the treatment of diabetes, or gastric ulcer etc.
  • The study of somatic symptoms and the relationship between mental/psychological factors and non-cardiovascular diseases, such as stress and diabetes, anxiety and diarrhea, personality and cancer, etc.
  • Relevant research into the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and other diseases, for example, relationships such as those between cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases; periodontal diseases, autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases, etc.
  • The study of reciprocal interactions between environmental or lifestyle factors and cardiovascular diseases. For example, relationships such as those between sleep, smoking, exercise, diet and cardiovascular diseases; age, gender and cardiovascular diseases; height, weight, body fat, waist-hip ratio and cardiovascular diseases; as well as the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and environmental factors such as climate, region etc.
  • Basic studies that illuminate the biochemical mechanisms mediating interaction between psychological factors and human physiology.

The journal accepts a broad array of article formats such as original research, editorials, reviews, clinical reports, and commentaries.

  About CIMF
China International Medical Foundation (CIMF) was founded in 1988 and is a charitable organization and a fundraising foundation started by the Chinese Medical Association. It is authorized by the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China and registered by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The purpose of CIMF is to promote international medical exchanges, contribute to public welfare, and serve the development of health care and medical science in the world.
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