2014 Impact Factor: 0.935
2014 Ranking: 104/123 in Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems | 56/60 in Peripheral Vascular Disease
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor Emeritus
K M Taylor Hammersmith Hospital, UK
Prakash P Punjabi Imperial College Healthcare, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK

eISSN: 1477111X| ISSN: 02676591|Current volume: 30|Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Perfusion is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, which provides current information on all aspects of perfusion, oxygenation and biocompatibility and their use in modern cardiac surgery. The journal is at the forefront of international research and development and presents an appropriately multidisciplinary approach to perfusion science.

Perfusion's reputation for the highest quality research is further enhanced by collaborative ventures with:

  • The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion
  • The Australian Society of Cardiovascular Perfusionists

Selected papers presented at each annual meeting are published in Perfusion following the peer-review process.

Perfusion is:

  • Scientific with ground breaking articles from international authors
  • Practical and directly relevant to the working perfusionist
  • International and respected - containing reports on the latest research and treatment innovations
  • High quality research, selected papers and collaborative ventures make this an extensive journal.

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Perfusion is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, which provides current information on all aspects of perfusion, oxygenation and biocompatibility and their use in modern cardiac surgery. The journal is at the forefront of international research and development and presents an appropriately multidisciplinary approach to perfusion science.

Perfusion is:

  • Scientific with ground breaking articles from international authors
  • Practical and directly relevant to the working perfusionist
  • International and respected - containing reports on the latest research and treatment innovations
  • High quality research, selected papers and collaborative ventures make this an extensive journal.

Associate Editors
Mark Kurusz Austin, Texas
Geoffrey Lockwood London, UK
Fraser Douglas Rubens Canada
John Toomasian Ann Arbor, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
R Peter Alston Royal Infirmary at Edinburgh, UK
Gail M. Annich University of Michigan Health System, USA
Anelechi Anyanwu Mount Sinai Hospital, USA
Robert Bartlett University of Michigan, USA
Filip De Somer Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent, Belgium
Ioannis Fessatidis George Papanikolaou General Hospital, Greece
Glenn Gravlee Allegheny General Hospital, USA
Carole Hamilton University Clinic of Tubingen, Germany
Stephen Harwood Toronto General Hospital, Canada
Mansoor Husain University of Toronto, Canada
Richard Jonas Children's National Heart Institute, USA
Ramzi Khamis Hammersmith Hosptial, UK
Krishna Khargi Cardiac Center The Hague-Delft, The Netherlands
Mikhail Kosiborod Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, USA
Lawrence A. Leiter St Michael's Hospital, Canada
Stephan Matthei Diabetes-Center Quakenbruck, Germany
Frank Merkle Deutches Herzzentrum Berlin, Germany
Chris Munsch Leeds General Infirmary, UK
Gerard Myers QEII Health Sciences Center, Canada
Bruce Neal The George Institute for Global Health, Australia
Vincent Olshove Nationwide Children's Hospital, USA
David Palanzo Hershey, Pennsylvania
J Peacock Nedlands, Australia
Thore Pedersen Olso, Norway
Giles Peek East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre, Glenfield Hospital, UK
Mathias Perthel Herz- und Gefabzentrum Bad Bevensen, Germany
Thomas Preston Nationwide Children's Hospital, USA
Hassan Raffa King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Marco Ranucci IRCCS Policlinico S. Donato, Italy
Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander Hero DMC Heart Institute, India
Ulf Smith The Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden
Bart Staels Universiti Lille Nord de France Institut Pasteur de Lille, France
Staffen Svenmarker Umea University, Sweden
Gordon Wright University of Keele, UK
Chun-Xiu Ye Shanghai Second Medical College, China
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
      2.1 Summary of manuscript structure/style
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
      6.1 Informed consent
      6.2 Ethics
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Perfusion is an ISI-ranked, peer reviewed scholarly journal, which provides current information on all aspects of perfusion, oxygenation and biocompatibility and their use in modern cardiac surgery. The journal is at the forefront of international research and development and presents an appropriately multidisciplinary approach to perfusion science.
    Perfusion's reputation for the highest quality research is further enhanced by collaborative ventures with The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion and The Australian Society of Cardiovascular Perfusionists.


    1. Peer review policy

    Perfusion's policy is to obtain at least two independent reviews of each article. It operates a double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer's name is always concealed from the submitting author; authors may choose to reveal their name but the journal otherwise leaves the article anonymous. Referees will be encouraged to provide substantive, constructive reviews that provide suggestions for improving the work and distinguish between mandatory and non-mandatory recommendations.

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    2. Article types

    Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not under consideration by another publication.

    The journal publishes original papers, reviews, practical techniques, case reports, letters, and book reviews.

    2.1 Summary of manuscript structure:

    Structure. Manuscripts should be approximately as follows:
    Review articles, 5,000-10,000 words;
    Original papers, 1,500-3,000 words with up to six tables or figures;
    Practical techniques, up to 1,500 words;
    Case reports, up to 900 words with one table or figure;
    Letters, up to 600 words;
    Book reviews, up to 150 words

    Scientific papers should be divided into abstract (approximately 150 words), keywords, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Case reports should be divided into abstract, keywords, introduction, case history, discussion, acknowledgements, and references.

    Headings. In dividing articles under headings, please grade the headings by writing A, B, C in the margin: A – subheading B – subsubheading C – subsubsubheading

    Please avoid using more than three levels of subheading.
    Article Presentation.Your papers should be submitted in double-spaced typescript.
    The submitted document file should be double-spaced throughout. Text should be in standard 10 or 12 point. All pages must be numbered.

    The title page. Give the title of the paper and a running title if the main title is very long. Authors should include their names and initials, their posts at the time they did the work and their current appointments and qualifications. The name and address of the author to whom correspondence, proofs and offprint order are to be sent should be given, together with telephone and fax numbers if possible.

    Microsoft Word is the preferred word processor. No artwork should be included in the text files. Any artwork provided on disk should be in either TIFF, or EPS format. Each piece of artwork should be saved as a separate file.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Perfusion has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of manuscripts. All submissions should be made online at the Perfusion SAGETRACK website:

    Note: Online submission and review of manuscripts is now mandatory for all types of papers.

    New User Account
    Please log onto the website. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please ensure to enter a current and correct email address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes a matter of minutes. When you have finished, your User ID and password is sent immediately via email. Please edit your user ID and password to something more memorable by selecting 'edit account' at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the 'Password Help' to receive an emailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.

    New Submission
    Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Centre and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne's® Manuscript CentralTM customer support at +1 434 817 2040 x 167 or email the editor with your manuscript as an attachment(s) and write a note to explain why you need to submit via this route. 

    To upload your files, click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer. Select the designation of each file (i.e. main document, submission form, figure) in the drop down menu next to the browse button. When you have selected all the files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.

    Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) and then click the Submit button
    You may suspend a submission at any point before clicking the Submit button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also log back into your author centre at any time to check the status of your manuscript.

    Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does not include page numbers; the SAGETRACK system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Editorial Assistant:

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   
    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Perfusion and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.1 SAGE Choice

    If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  
    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Perfusion to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of Interest Statement’. If no declaration is made, the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

    When making a declaration, the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article have with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests that the organisation represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Conflict of Interest statement provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    6.1 Informed consent
    Authors are required to ensure that the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals":
    Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.
    Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

    When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

    Authors should identify individuals who provide writing/administrative assistance, indicate the extent of assistanceand disclose the funding source for this assistance.
    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential.

    6.2 Ethics
    When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

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    7. Acknowledgements                                                         

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Perfusion additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway..

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, and tiff or jpeg for figures (ideally figures will use journal colours). Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Perfusion conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style, which is summarised in 2.1.

    When preparing your paper:
    • Use the minimum formatting.
    • Roman, bold and italic type can be used, but use only one typeface and size.
    • Capitals should be used only where they are to appear in the finished text.
    • The text should be ranged left and unjustified, with hyphenation cancelled.
    • Indents, underlining and tabs should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
    • Headings and paragraphs should be separated by two carriage returns.
    • There should be only one space between words and only one space after any punctuation.

    (i) Spelling can be either UK or US, providing that useage is consistent within the article.
    (ii) Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be clearly defined when used for the first time. Abbreviations should be typed with no full point.
    (iii) Avoid excessive capitalization. For the titles of books and articles, capitals should be used for the initial letter of the first word only. However, for the titles of journals and series, the initial letter of all principal words should be capitalized.
    (iv) Use italics for emphasis only very sparingly.
    (v) Scientific measurements should be given in SI units, but blood pressure should be expressed in mmHg and haemoglobin as g/dl.
    (vi) For numbers, adopt a rule that all numbers under 10 should be written as words, except when attached to a unit of quantity (e.g. 1 mm or 3 kg), and that numbers of 10 or more should be written as digits except at the beginning of a sentence.
    (vii) Generic names should be used for drugs. Authors should be aware of different drug names and availability in the UK, North America and Australia, and give alternative names or drugs in the text.

    Statistics. Numbers of patients or subjects should be given, with percentages in brackets. Means should be expressed as the mean with standard deviation of the mean: where appropriate, authors should also consider supplying the median. Care should be taken that all statistical methods are appropriate, and that it is clear which methods were used for which analyses. Any statistical methods not in common use should be supported by references or described in detail. Results of statistical tests should be reported as well as the p values; where possible, confidence intervals should also be reported.

    9.3 Reference Style
    Perfusion adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Abbreviations for titles of periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus. References should include authors' last names and initials, article title, journal, volume, page range, and year. Include the city and publisher's name for books. For further information, consult the American Medical Association Manual of Style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring that readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Images should be supplied as bitmap based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied as vector-based, separate .eps files (not as .tiff files, and not only inserted in the Word or pdf file), with a resolution of 600 dpi. Images should be clear, in focus, free of pixilation and not too light or dark.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the possible costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    In text: tables and figures are either inserted as part of a sentence, for example table 1 or in parentheses for example (figure 1). Each table should carry a descriptive heading. Each figure should be submitted electronically.

    Illustrations. All illustrations and graphs should be submitted in the form of completed artwork suitable for reproduction (not photocopies). They should be separate from the typescript with legends also on a separate sheet. Please indicate the position of all figures in the text. All figures should have the 'TOP' marked on the reverse with a soft pencil. The name of the first author should also be clear. When graphs or histograms are submitted, the numerical data on which they are based should be supplied.

    Line diagrams: Remember most line drawings will need to be reduced in size to fit within the page format, (156 x 195 mm inclusive of caption). Lettering and tints may reproduce poorly when reduced and should be prepared with this in mind. It is helpful if all illustrations are prepared for the same degree of reduction.

    Photographs: Other illustrations should be black and white photographic prints (not negatives, transparencies or X-ray films) and should be trimmed to remove excess material. They should be high-quality glossy prints, showing as much contrast as possible. Colour photographs can only be accepted if the author bears the cost of reproduction. Patients in photographs should not be identifiable and should have their eyes masked. Any identifiable photograph should be accompanied by written permission from the patient, parent or guardian.

    Tables. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet. Each table should have an explanatory caption, and be clearly numbered. Indicate in the margin of the text where tables should be positioned.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    The journal may be able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. Please contact the Editor’s assistant ( in the first instance.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Corrections should be limited to typographical amendments. Authors' approval will be assumed if corrections are not returned by the date indicated.

    10.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints.

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure that we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding Authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Perfusion with SAGE. 

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Karen O'Neill
    Editorial Assistant

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