Posted on April 24, 2011

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) today announced the launch of Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series on, its digital publishing portal for research journals. Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series is a new, peer-reviewed international cardiology journal that is dedicated to keeping cardiologists abreast of advances in the influence of basic science on clinical practice. All content in the journal will be ‘open access’, meaning they are free-to-read on the web and authors retain copyright on their works.

Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than any other disease whether in high or low-income countries. Research in Qatar has shown that one in 100 babies is born with heart disease, the most common forms of congenital problems being holes in heart, lack of valve formation, narrow arteries. This journal will provide a much-needed authoritative source and central forum on research and clinical practice.

Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series encompasses, but is not limited to, the following areas; clinical cardiology, ischemic, valvular, congenital and myocardial disease, arrhythmias and pacing, heart failure, imaging, epidemiology, decision analysis, primary and secondary prevention and associated translational research.

The journal will publish in-depth reviews by international experts in the field and is based partly on material presented at the annual meetings bearing the same name. The journal will also publish original material and case studies judged to have important influence on practice in all aspects of cardiology.

Sir Magdi Yacoub, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Editor-in-Chief of Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, said, “Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series is the official publication of QAL Advanced Cardiovascular Network and a high quality, peer-reviewed journal that every researcher can access for free.”

The launch of Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series –is a major milestone in Qatar Foundation’s and BQFJ’s mission to reflect the burgeoning research environment of Qatar to the wider world through a state-of-the-art publishing enterprise.

Arend Küster, Managing Director of BQFJ, said, “We are very proud to be launching Aswan Heart Centre Science and Practice Series and to be working Sir Magdi Yacoub and a team of extremely distinguished scientists.  This journals reflects our ambition to bring international research of the highest quality to”’s advanced technology makes research findings readily accessible and searchable and uses multimedia functionalities to support data, audio and video formats as well as text. It is also the first scholarly research platform to make journal abstracts available in both English and Arabic. already hosts six scholarly journals covering diverse subject areas such as information & library studies, sustainable energy, education, Middle Eastern healthcare, design and Islamic studies.  Many other journals are scheduled to be added in 2011.