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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 , …
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