2018 Stories

Our Global Influence

Trusted Globally

THI is recognized internationally for its expertise in cardiovascular research and education, and the THI website has attracted tens of millions of people around the world since its launch.

THI Launches New Website

In 2018, THI launched an entirely new website and, by year end, attracted nearly 6 million users (resulting in over 9 million page views) from 183 of 195 countries around the world and 242 countries, territories, and dependencies combined. This new global resource was built by the THI Visual Communications and Library and Learning Resources Center teams, attracting new visitors every day.

The Heart Information Center remains the most visited section of the website and covers over 200 topics in both Spanish and English.

THI’s web-based features like “Frequently Asked Patient Questions” and “Straight Talk by Dr. Stephanie” are meeting a huge, previously unfilled demand for reliable information about cardiovascular disease, delivered in a way many people prefer to learn.

Texas Heart Institute Journal

“Since 1974, the Texas Heart Institute Journal has served as a valuable educational tool and resource for physician-scientists and clinical investigators around the world.”

—James T. Willerson, MD, Editor-in-Chief

The Texas Heart Institute Journal (ISSN 1526-6702) is a peer-reviewed journal published by THI as part of its medical education program. The purpose of the Journal is to educate, with emphasis on disseminating information to physicians in practice.

The Journal invites the submission of clinical and laboratory research papers, reviews, techniques papers, history of medicine pieces, case reports and series, images papers, guest editorials, and letters to the editor. Last year, the Journal accepted manuscripts from authors in 32 different countries.

In 2018, the Texas Heart Institute Journal attracted over 1.1 million unique visitors, resulting in over 1.7 million journal page views. Dr. James T. Willerson serves as the Editor-in-Chief, and the Journal’s dedicated editorial staff includes talented production editors and consultants.

Journal History

The Journal was published under the name Cardiovascular Dis- eases from 1974 through 1981 (ISSN 0093-3546). The name was changed to Texas Heart Institute Journal in 1982, and the Jour- nal was published in print through 2013 (ISSN 0730-2347). It is indexed by Index Medicus/MEDLINE and by other indexing and abstracting services worldwide.

Department of Scientific Publications

The Scientific Publications team helps THI’s physicians and researchers publish their findings by editing and formatting journal articles, book chapters, conference abstracts, presentations, and grants. The team comprises five scientific editor/writers, one grant editor/writer, and one editorial assistant. Most of the editors have advanced degrees in the sciences, and all are capable of editing papers at every level, from ensuring that research methods and results are reported properly to correcting grammar and punctuation.

During 2018, the Scientific Publications Department edited 304 manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. By the end of the year, 206 manuscripts were published, and another 50 were accepted and pending publication. These publications document the important basic science and clinical research being done at THI.