Instructions for Authors

The SwissPerfusion Journal is the official journal of the Swiss Society of Perfusion (SSP). It contains original papers on topics pertaining to extracorporeal circulation and cardiovascular surgery. Case reports, techniques and applications as well as review articles are accepted for publication. Also, featured are correspondence and book reviews. All manuscripts, correspondence and editorial business should be sent via Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Statements and opinions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the SSP, the editors or the publisher. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, all authors agree upon certain conditions. These conditions include statements regarding conflict of interest, scientific responsibility, exclusive publication and assignment of copyright. The author also grants the publisher the right to translate the article into other languages and to write summaries.

Types of Papers

Original Articles

Original Article papers are those that represent original research in the field of cardiovascular medicine and/or perfusion. These may be either clinical or laboratory studies.

Case Reports

Case Reports are clinical reports on an individual or several patients describing an unique aspect that may not have been previously reported. These are generally brief in length and should contain the following sections: Overview, Description, Comment, References (limit to less than 15).

Techniques and Applications

Techniques or application papers are descriptions of developing technologies that may or may not have been applied in a laboratory or clinical setting. These are generally short papers and should contain the following sections: Overview, Description, Discussion, References (limit to less than 25).

Review Articles

Review Articles generally are written as exhaustive summations of the current knowledge in a subject area. These are generally long papers and contain the following sections: Introduction, Multiple Sections with Subheadings, Summary, References (no limit).

Book Reviews

Book reviews are performed on a regular basis of recent publications that are seminal to the field of cardiovascular perfusion.

Checklist for Authors

  • Arrange the manuscript as follows: title page, abstract, text, references, tables, figures, legends. Number the page in the header (right justify) consecutively, beginning with the title page as page 1 and ending with the legend page.
  • Use high quality resolution for all figures and tables. One figure per page. The use of black and white for all fill quantities of bar graphs enhances publication quality. Do not use gray shading for filling boxes. All charts should be in two dimensional perspective.
  • Accepted languages are English, French, German and Italian. If the manuscript is not written in English, please add an English summary (250 words).

Title Page

The title of the paper must be as short as possible. Include only the names of the authors directly affiliated with the work. Include the highest academic credential of each author. Include the name and location of  the facility where the work was completed. Include a list of four or five appropriate key words. If the paper was presented at a meeting, provide the name, location and dates of the meeting.


The abstract should be no longer than 250 (max. 300) words and should state concisely the objectives of the paper. Abstracts should contain subheadings as follows: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Abstracts for Case Reports and Techniques and Applications articles should be shorter (200 words or less), Abstracts must accompany every contribution, except for Letters to the Editor and Book Reviews.


The Text should be organized as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, References. Cite all references, figures and tables in numerical order in the text. Citations should be on the line and enclosed in parentheses. When introducing an abbreviation for the first time, place it in parentheses after the spelled out term. Thereafter, the abbreviation may be used alone.

Statistical analysis should be included at the end of the Materials and Methods section. A description of the statistical tests should be included in paragraph form, clearly stating the types of performed tests.


Identify references in the text using Arabic numerals consecutively in parentheses on the line.

  1. McQuillan T., Manolas S.C., Hayman J.A. et al. The Surgical significance of the bile duct of Luschka. Br J. Surg 1989; 76:745-7.
  2. Martin J.P. Hospitals in trouble. Oxford: Blackwell, 1993.
  3. Ministers act on mental care. Homeless former hospital patients an affront to society, Heseltine says. Independant 1992 Jan 20.
  4. Scheibe O. Qualitätssicherung Chirurgie, Baden-Württemberg. Swiss Surg 1995; 1:12-16
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