BMJ Open Resp Res 1:e000003 doi:10.1136/bmjresp-2013-000003
  • Editorial

Expanding access in high-quality respiratory and critical care medicine research: BMJ Open Respiratory Research

  1. Matt P Wise2
  1. 1Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, UK
  2. 2Consultant Adult Critical Care, University Hospital of Wales, and National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) Academic Health Science Collaboration (AHSC) Clinical Research Fellow, UK
  1. Correspondence to schapman{at}, mattwise{at}
  • Accepted 13 August 2013
  • Published 3 October 2013

We are delighted to introduce BMJ Open Respiratory Research, an online peer-reviewed open access respiratory medicine journal published by the BMJ in partnership with the British Thoracic Society. The journal is dedicated to rapid publication of high-quality research from all areas of respiratory medicine, including respiratory science and critical care.

Publication bias and a preoccupation with journal impact factor mean that currently available research findings in respiratory medicine are likely to represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’, with many more preliminary, small-scale or negative studies remaining unavailable to the research community. Open access journals have their proponents1 ,2 and detractors3 , …