- We are the leading open access journal in our field, covering all aspects of respiratory medicine and related diseases.
- As a fully open access publication with over 190,000 monthly article accesses, we ensure that your article can be easily discovered, accessed, used and shared, maximising your impact and acting as a springboard for further discovery.
- For more than 20 years our expert editorial teams have been providing top-class peer review with rapid turnaround times.
Aims and scope
Respiratory Research publishes high-quality clinical and basic research, review and commentary articles on all aspects of respiratory medicine and related diseases.
As the leading fully open access journal in the field, Respiratory Research provides an essential resource for pulmonologists, allergists, immunologists and other physicians, researchers, healthcare workers and medical students with worldwide dissemination of articles resulting in high visibility and generating international discussion.
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.
Why publish your article in Respiratory Research?
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.
As authors of articles published in Respiratory Research you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.
For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Article processing charges (APC)
Authors who publish open access in Respiratory Research are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC price will be determined from the date on which the article is accepted for publication.
The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, is: £2490.00/$3290.00/€2790.00
Open access funding
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Springer Nature offers APC waivers and discounts for articles published in our fully open access journals whose corresponding authors are based in the world’s lowest income countries (see our APC waivers and discounts policy for further information). Requests for APC waivers and discounts from other authors will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need (see our open access policies for journals for more information). All applications for discretionary APC waivers and discounts should be made at the point of manuscript submission; requests made during the review process or after acceptance are unable to be considered.
All articles published in Respiratory Research are included in:
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- Global Health
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- Science Citation Index Expanded
The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.
Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.
Respiratory Research operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
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.
All manuscripts submitted to Respiratory Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
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.
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Benefits of publishing with BMC
Respiratory Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
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.
Online publication in Respiratory Research gives you 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 highlighted on Respiratory Research’s pages and on the BMC 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 BMC is available here.
As an author of an article published in Respiratory Research you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).
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Annual Journal Metrics
2022 Citation Impact
5.8 - 2-year Impact Factor
5.9 - 5-year Impact Factor
1.444 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
1.753 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
13 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
150 days submission to accept (Median)
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