Aims and scope

BMJ Open Respiratory Research is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing respiratory and critical care medicine. It is the sister journal to Thorax and co-owned by the British Thoracic Society and BMJ. The journal focuses on robustness of methodology and scientific rigour with less emphasis on novelty or perceived impact.

BMJ Open Respiratory Research operates a rapid review process, with continuous publication online, ensuring timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide.

The journal publishes review articles and all research study types:

  • Basic science including laboratory based experiments and animal models
  • Pilot studies or proof of concept
  • Observational studies
  • Study protocols
  • Registries
  • Clinical trials from phase I to multicentre randomised clinical trials
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Editorial Board

For information about the BMJ Open Respiratory Research Editors-in-Chief Professor Stephen Chapman and Dr Matt Wise and their editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page


BMJ Open Respiratory Research is co-owned by the British Thoracic Society and BMJ.

Journal information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous
Launch date 2013
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Exerpta Medica), DOAJ, Google Scholar
Citescore 2.32 (2017) ranked 39/132
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
ISSN (online) 2052-4439


Journal statistics (2018)

Acceptance Rate 61%
Instant Rejection Rate 25%
Time from Submission to First Decision 28 days
Time from Acceptance to Publication  24 days

Journal Metrics

Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

Contact information

For all contact information please refer to the Contact Us page.

For authors

Please refer to the Instructions for Authors.

For reviewers

Please refer to the Instructions for Reviewers.

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BMJ Open Respiratory Research is an official journal of the British Thoracic Society.

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BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.

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