Sex, crime and surgery: Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery in the age of fake news

Sex, crime and surgery: Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery in the age of fake news Cardiac surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, History The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) was founded in 1986 by a group of enthusiastic cardiothoracic surgeons led by the late Francis Fontan in Bordeaux [1]. The mission of this new association included from the beginning the publication of a scientific journal [2]. In the ensuing years, the EACTS has produced 3 scientific publications, namely the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) founded by Hans Borst, the Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS) founded by Ludwig K. von Segesser and the MultiMedia Manual for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (MMCTS) founded by Marko Turina [3, 4]. MMCTS, which focuses on animated content, was from the beginning an online-only publication. EJCTS was initially a print-only publication with a subsequent online version. ICVTS began with an online edition, in which the content was first open for discussion and then printed after 30 days. The print version included the comments from the virtual discussion [5, 6]. While the print and online versions of the EACTS flagship journal EJCTS will continue in those formats under the leadership of Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Editor-in-Chief, the EACTS council decided to move ICVTS to online-only publication. This decision is a cost-saving move in a modern world driven by the World Wide Web, an ever-growing behemoth, which is perceived to provide content for free but in reality does not. ICVTS has performed extremely well with its dual online and print strategy. Although it struggled in the beginning to be recognized by the big databases such as PubMed or MEDLINE and to get an impact factor, it finally succeeded. In 2017, its impact factor was 1.857 (2017), which was higher than the impact factor of EJCTS (1.181 in 2000) when the decision was made to start ICVTS. Table 1 lists the most frequently downloaded articles in 2017 that are published in ICVTS throughout 2016 and 2017. Twelve articles deal with cardiac, 7 with thoracic and 3 with vascular issues, including some with multiple allocations, and address comprehensively all 3 fields of activities mentioned in its title. In addition, these contributions come from all over the world, which was the intention from the beginning for ICVTS. Table 1 The most frequently downloaded articles in 2017 that are published in ICVTS throughout 2016 and 2017 References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  Table 1 The most frequently downloaded articles in 2017 that are published in ICVTS throughout 2016 and 2017 References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  The positive outcome of the dual strategy of having both print and online versions of ICVTS and EJCTS is that the articles are readily available in the print issues and are easily accessible online for EACTS members, at least for recent publications. Unfortunately, older MMCTS content can no longer be downloaded from the publication’s website (www.mmcts.org) and has even disappeared from the publication’s index. EJCTS, which was supposed to offer free access through the journal’s website (www.ejcts.org) for content older than 1 year, no longer offers the earlier content such as the first presidential address by Francis Fontan [1]. Obviously, the ability of one of the multiple parties involved in web hosting to interfere with access rights is problematic. Furthermore, long-term secure storage of web-only publications and other data remains unsolved. One encounters various degrees of difficulty in deciphering hieroglyphs from ancient times, but this problem can sometimes be solved, even for languages that have disappeared, by algorithms that track the most frequent characters and combinations thereof. Fortunately, there are also documents written in stone thousands of years ago like the Rosetta stone, which provide translations. However, for electronic media, much higher hurdles exist for accessing content that is not even 25 years old, including hardware that is no longer functional, software that is no longer supportable, stored data that are no longer readable and various combinations of all of these. In addition, there is no way to decipher binary code, e.g. 001000111001100110011, without the specific key. Therefore, it is difficult to foresee how web-only publications can thrive in the long term. Some may consider autodestruction of content beyond a defined shelf life as advantageous because it may free storage capacity for new content. However, such new content is by definition soon no longer new and, therefore, not necessarily worthwhile storing. Today, there is obviously a shift from the written word that stands the test of time towards short messages and tweets constructed to draw attention to themselves. Sex, crime and surgery are key ingredients for the latter because sex sells, crime pays and surgery fails. Matthias Siepe, Editor-in-Chief, and his team will have to wisely manage the art of scandal to keep ICVTS online in the current world of fake news. Read on at www.ICVTS.org … REFERENCES 1 Fontan F. The faith in the future. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg  1988; 2: 1– 7. Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS PubMed  2 Constitution of The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 1986, www.eacts.org. 3 Turina M. European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery: carrying the torch. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg  2002; 22: 857– 63. Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS PubMed  4 Beyersdorf F, Ludwig K. von Segesser: editor-in-chief of EJCTS and ICVTS from 2000 to 2010. Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg  2011; 12: 1– 3. Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS   5 von Segesser LK. “Surgical technique versus technology for surgery”: a plea for an open mind towards new technology. 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Cardiac surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, History The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) was founded in 1986 by a group of enthusiastic cardiothoracic surgeons led by the late Francis Fontan in Bordeaux [1]. The mission of this new association included from the beginning the publication of a scientific journal [2]. In the ensuing years, the EACTS has produced 3 scientific publications, namely the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) founded by Hans Borst, the Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS) founded by Ludwig K. von Segesser and the MultiMedia Manual for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (MMCTS) founded by Marko Turina [3, 4]. MMCTS, which focuses on animated content, was from the beginning an online-only publication. EJCTS was initially a print-only publication with a subsequent online version. ICVTS began with an online edition, in which the content was first open for discussion and then printed after 30 days. The print version included the comments from the virtual discussion [5, 6]. While the print and online versions of the EACTS flagship journal EJCTS will continue in those formats under the leadership of Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Editor-in-Chief, the EACTS council decided to move ICVTS to online-only publication. This decision is a cost-saving move in a modern world driven by the World Wide Web, an ever-growing behemoth, which is perceived to provide content for free but in reality does not. ICVTS has performed extremely well with its dual online and print strategy. Although it struggled in the beginning to be recognized by the big databases such as PubMed or MEDLINE and to get an impact factor, it finally succeeded. In 2017, its impact factor was 1.857 (2017), which was higher than the impact factor of EJCTS (1.181 in 2000) when the decision was made to start ICVTS. Table 1 lists the most frequently downloaded articles in 2017 that are published in ICVTS throughout 2016 and 2017. Twelve articles deal with cardiac, 7 with thoracic and 3 with vascular issues, including some with multiple allocations, and address comprehensively all 3 fields of activities mentioned in its title. In addition, these contributions come from all over the world, which was the intention from the beginning for ICVTS. Table 1 The most frequently downloaded articles in 2017 that are published in ICVTS throughout 2016 and 2017 References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  Table 1 The most frequently downloaded articles in 2017 that are published in ICVTS throughout 2016 and 2017 References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  References  Title  Author  Year  Volume  Issue  Downloads in 2017  [7]  Cardiac protection with phosphocreatine: a meta-analysis  Giovanni Landoni  2016  23  4  2102  [8]  Comparison between Caprini and Padua risk assessment models for hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: a retrospective study  Xiaohan Liu  2016  23  4  1480  [9]  Functional and postoperative outcomes after preoperative exercise training in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Raquel Sebio Garcia  2016  23  3  1108  [10]  Incidence and causes of silent and symptomatic stroke following surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a comprehensive review  Stephanie Grabert  2016  23  3  959  [11]  Conventional versus rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement: a single-centre comparison between the Edwards Magna valve and its rapid-deployment successor  Martin Andreas  2016  22  6  866  [12]  A modified Cox-Maze IV procedure: a simpler technique for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation  Jun Shi  2016  23  6  714  [13]  Bileaflet mechanical valve replacement: an assessment of outcomes with 30 years of follow-up  Satoshi Saito  2016  23  4  642  [14]  A 20-year review of pectus surgery: an analysis of factors predictive of recurrence and outcomes  Theofano Tikka  2016  23  6  638  [15]  Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use  Oda Bratland Østerdal  2016  22  5  628  [16]  Quality of life and prosthetic aortic valve selection in nonelderly adult patients  Nelleke M. Korteland  2016  22  6  593  [17]  Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung: a rare histological subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer with a poor prognosis even at earlier tumour stages  Christian Roesel  2017  24  3  2677  [18]  Risk factors for hypoxemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection  Nan Liu  2017  24  2  1202  [19]  Postoperative pulmonary complications and rehabilitation requirements following lobectomy: a propensity score matched study of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery versus thoracotomy  Paula Agostini  2017  24  6  1035  [20]  The totally thoracoscopic maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation  Charlotte van Laar  2017  24  1  985  [21]  Systematic review on the predictive ability of frailty assessment measures in cardiac surgery  Yusuf S. Abdullahi  2017  24  4  965  [22]  Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis  Holly N. Smith  2017  24  3  943  [23]  Systematic short-term pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer lobectomy: a randomized trial  Yutian Lai  2017  25  3  858  [24]  Early and long-term cognitive outcome after conventional cardiac valve surgery  Stephan C. Knipp  2017  24  4  811  [25]  Current practices in the management of malignant pleural effusions: a survey among members of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Marco Scarci  2017  24  3  754  The positive outcome of the dual strategy of having both print and online versions of ICVTS and EJCTS is that the articles are readily available in the print issues and are easily accessible online for EACTS members, at least for recent publications. Unfortunately, older MMCTS content can no longer be downloaded from the publication’s website (www.mmcts.org) and has even disappeared from the publication’s index. EJCTS, which was supposed to offer free access through the journal’s website (www.ejcts.org) for content older than 1 year, no longer offers the earlier content such as the first presidential address by Francis Fontan [1]. Obviously, the ability of one of the multiple parties involved in web hosting to interfere with access rights is problematic. Furthermore, long-term secure storage of web-only publications and other data remains unsolved. One encounters various degrees of difficulty in deciphering hieroglyphs from ancient times, but this problem can sometimes be solved, even for languages that have disappeared, by algorithms that track the most frequent characters and combinations thereof. Fortunately, there are also documents written in stone thousands of years ago like the Rosetta stone, which provide translations. However, for electronic media, much higher hurdles exist for accessing content that is not even 25 years old, including hardware that is no longer functional, software that is no longer supportable, stored data that are no longer readable and various combinations of all of these. In addition, there is no way to decipher binary code, e.g. 001000111001100110011, without the specific key. Therefore, it is difficult to foresee how web-only publications can thrive in the long term. Some may consider autodestruction of content beyond a defined shelf life as advantageous because it may free storage capacity for new content. However, such new content is by definition soon no longer new and, therefore, not necessarily worthwhile storing. Today, there is obviously a shift from the written word that stands the test of time towards short messages and tweets constructed to draw attention to themselves. 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