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Forthcoming Special Issues and Calls for Papers

Cardiovascular Research regularly publishes Spotlight or Review Focus Issues that are devoted to a specific research topic. These issues contain a number of invited expert reviews. In addition, a major part of each issue is reserved for original research papers. All papers are subjected to the normal peer review process (on average an editorial decision is made within 22 days of receipt of any manuscript). The authors of accepted manuscripts are given the option of publication in a regular issue of the Journal or in the Special Issue.

List of forthcoming Special Issues (click on those shown in blue to view the respective Call for Papers):

Heterocellular signalling and crosstalk in the heart in ischaemia and heart failure (Review Focus Issue)
to be published May 2014

Special Issues - Call for papers:

HDL biology: new insights in metabolism, function and translation
to be published in July, 2014

A Spotlight issue on ‘HDL biology: new insights in metabolism, function and translation’ is scheduled to appear in July, 2014. A number of recent randomized studies have failed to show benefit of HDL-C raising approaches and led many researchers to question the "HDL hypothesis" supported by prospective observational, and in vitro and in vivo mechanistic studies. The aim of this issue is to discuss these controversies and to offer possible mechanistic explanations for them. HDL also acts as reservoir for a number of biologically active substances which are altered in acute and chronic conditions and affect the function of endothelial cells, immune and inflammatory cells, and beta cells. A second aim of this issue is to discuss the role of HDL in disease development and to critically discuss the value of animal models as translational tools for the study of lipid disorders and atherosclerosis.

Topics that will be covered in invited review articles as related to this theme include:

• MicroRNA and HDL life cycle
• HDL and endothelium
• Atheroprotective role of HDL-associated sphingosine 1 phosphate (S1P)
• HDL, platelets and coagulation
• HDL, beta cells function and diabetes
• HDL in innate and adaptive immunity
• HDL and cholesterol handling in the brain
• New insights from HDL genetics
• New frontiers in HDL pharmacology

We invite you to contribute original manuscripts based on your research related to the above-mentioned topics and related subjects to this upcoming Focus review issue. Please select the article type “Spotlight review issue – Original Article” upon submission of your manuscript online.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: March 15, 2014
Expected publication date: July 15, 2014