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Respiratory Research: Celebrating 20 Successful Years

Respiratory Research 20th AnniversaryIn 2000, Respiratory Research published its first articles under the editorship of Prof Peter Barnes and Prof Ken Brigham as an online open access journal freely available to all.  

In the past 20 years, the journal has been devoted to furthering the understanding of how advances in pulmonology, immunology and allergy continue to reshape respiratory medicine by discussing, distributing and promoting the latest research.

To mark the occasion, we are looking back at the journal's milestone achievements and highlighting some of the best content from the past 20 years.

Our Milestones

Our Milestones

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Our top ranked articles of the past 20 years

Check out blogs by RERE authors and editors

Respiratory Research supports greater dissemination of your research by enabling authors to blog about their findings via the BMC Blogs Network. Below are a selection of blogs on RERE articles.

Is vaping better than smoking?

Deirdre Gilpin

Does COPD begin in childhood?

Lystra Hayden

E-cigarettes affect lung biology, even in those who’ve never smoked

Ronald G. Crystal

Can an algorithm be trained to recognize different childhood coughs?

Paul Porter

How does critical illness impact our microbiomes?

Daphnée Lamarche and Dr. Jennie Johnstone

Vaping is less harmful than conventional smoking

Amir Farnoud

Voices from the community

"I am delighted to see that Respiratory Research has gone from strength to strength since I founded the journal 20 years ago. The reasons for setting up a new journal at that time was that there were few publishing outlets for basic and translational research in respiratory medicine as the major respiratory journals mainly focused on clinical research. Initially, we focussed on review articles and I tried to identify topics and areas in respiratory research where there no recent reviews were available. The value of this was validated when the first impact factor the journal received was over 5. Since then the journal has expanded and has now become a very well respected destination for basic, translational and clinical respiratory research, for which there is a growing need in view of the enormous and increasing clinical impact of respiratory diseases. The journal has published some key articles that have had a major impact in the areas such as asthma, COPD, IPF, lung infection and cancer. The rapid turn-around in manuscripts makes Respiratory Research an attractive journal for submission of cutting-edge respiratory research and the future of the journal is bright. I wish Respiratory Research every success in its next 20 years!"

Peter Barnes –  Professor Peter J. Barnes, FRS, FMedSci
National Heart & Lung Institute
Editor-in-Chief of Respiratory Research

"Twenty years ago, Respiratory Research spearheaded an experiment on delivering high quality publications exclusively on line, focused on research on lung health and disease.  The success of this experiment has exceeded all expectations.  Further, RR clearly remains a leader in this space as evidenced by its impact factor and prominence in Lung Research."

Reynold Panettieri –  Dr. Reynold A. Panettieri Jr., M.D.
Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine & Science, Former Editor-in-Chief of Respiratory Research

"It was really exciting to help Respiratory Research get through those early years of open access, when researchers were skeptical and not used to pay for publishing. It was hard in the beginning, but once we got a good impact factor, researchers started to get interested in the journal."

 –  Dr. Jan Lötvall
Former Editor-in-Chief of Respiratory Research

"20 years in, Respiratory Research embodies good science that undergoes a rigorous and fair peer review process, a place that clinicians and scientists depend on for high quality work in the respiratory field. Happy 20th birthday!" 

Sanjay Chotirmall –  Sanjay H. Chotirmall
Imperial College London, Associate Editor of Respiratory Research


"International physician charters state that 'physicians must be committed to lifelong learning' – a task we at Respiratory Research love to undertake for you. We achieve this by publishing the newest insights in respiratory medicine, state of the art articles and reviews – and as we publish open access and speedily after acceptance of the manuscripts you can download articles for free with the latest facts."

Michael Kreuter –  Prof. Dr. Michael Kreuter
Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg, Associate Editor of Respiratory Research

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