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About Respiratory Research
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Respiratory Research, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
Respiratory Research is an open access journal aiming at publishing high-quality science in all areas of respiratory disease. Topics of specific interest include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, genetics, infectious diseases, interstitial lung diseases, lung development, lung tumors, occupational and environmental factors, pulmonary circulation, pulmonary pharmacology and therapeutics, respiratory immunology, respiratory physiology, and sleep-related respiratory problems. The journal accepts submission relating to both clinical and basic research in the respiratory field. The journal also welcomes state-of-the-art reviews on any topic related to the scope of the journal.
All articles published by Respiratory Research are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Respiratory Research are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Respiratory Research therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1615/$2525/€2060 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
All articles published in Respiratory Research are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Respiratory Research include:
- Current contents
- Global Health
- Google Scholar
- Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).
The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.
Respiratory Research is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 3.09.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Respiratory Research considers the following types of article:
- Research: reports of data from original research.
- Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
- Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually commissioned but submissions are also welcome.
- Letters to the Editor: these can take the form of a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.
Edited by Jan Lötvall and Reynold A Panettieri, Respiratory Research is supported by an expert Editorial Board.
The reports of at least two reviewers will be considered when deciding on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. Final decisions rest with the Editors-in-Chief or Handling Editor who aim to provide an initial decision within six weeks. In cases where authors challenge an Editor's negative decision with well founded arguments, the manuscript can be sent to additional reviewers at the discretion of the Handling Editor, and a final decision will be made upon their recommendations. Manuscripts are sent to statisticians at the request of reviewers.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Respiratory Research, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Respiratory Research will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Respiratory Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Respiratory Research
Articles in Respiratory Research should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Respir Res [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Respir Res 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Respiratory Research?
Respiratory Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Respiratory Research offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Respiratory Research, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Respiratory Research gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Respiratory Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Respiratory Research's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Respiratory Research may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Respiratory Research. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Respiratory Research retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).
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