Research Integrity

Antiplagiarism Checking

A combination of prescreening and open access is the best possible defense against plagiarism. All journal articles and book manuscripts submitted to the Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal are screened for plagiarism using iThenticate software. This system compares incoming submissions to a large database of academic content and alerts editors to any possible issues.

Rigorous Peer Review

MDCVJ ensures that all scientific publications are thoroughly peer reviewed by subject-matter-expert reviewers. Publications of a commentary or opinion nature may not be sent for external peer review but will include editorial review and revisions. MDCVJ adheres to the COPE guidelines for best practice. For postpublication errors, we will adhere to our Correction and Retraction policy.

Open Licenses

MDCVJ content is licensed under a Creative Commons noncommercial license (CC BY-NC 4.0). All content is free for noncommercial reuse and adaptation. For commercial use, please email the editorial team at Content will be provided free of charge.


All journal content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and made publicly available via the Initiative for Open Citations. This means that all our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community. Published articles are indexed in PubMed and MEDLINE.