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The first thoracic triumvirate
  1. Nicholas Hart1,
  2. Gisli Jenkins2,
  3. Alan Smyth3
  1. 1Lane Fox Respiratory Service, St Thomas' Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  2. 2Centre for Respiratory Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicholas Hart, Lane Fox Respiratory Service, St Thomas' Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London SE1 7EH, UK; nicholas.hart{at}gstt.nhs.uk

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We are incredibly proud and honoured to accept the position of Editors-in-Chief of Thorax. Thorax is the premier respiratory journal in the UK, and the official journal of the British Thoracic Society (BTS). It currently has an impact factor of 8.29, making it the third highest ranked respiratory journal in the world. We believe that Thorax has for many years reflected the strength of the British respiratory community publishing wide-ranging, high-calibre research across the translational spectrum. This view is supported by metrics showing that the UK has the highest H factor within Europe and the second highest H factor in the world after the USA. Furthermore, the UK is the third most cited country in the world, after the USA and China. The strong association with the BTS has been a major strength of the Journal because it represents the clinicians, clinical academics and scientists within respiratory medicine in the UK. We have ‘grown up’ with Thorax and the BTS and have seen how the Journal has grown from strength to strength under the strong, astute editorial guidance …

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