Aims and scope

Thorax is one of the world’s leading respiratory medicine journals, publishing clinical and experimental research articles on respiratory medicine, paediatrics, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, and surgery. Thorax seeks to publish significant advances in scientific understanding, which are likely to impact on clinical practice. This includes articles concerning basic and translational mechanisms with application to clinical material (cell and molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, and immunology).


Thorax is co-owned by the British Thoracic Society and BMJ.

Journal statistics 2016

Acceptance Rate 8%
Instant Rejection Rate 66%
Time to Submission to First Decision 14 days
Time to Acceptance to Publication 20 days
Frequency Monthly
Impact Factor 8.272
Indexed by Index Medicus (Medline), Science Citation Index, ISI Current Contents (Clinical Medicine/Life Sciences), Excerpta Medica (Embase), BIOSIS Previews
Launch date 1946
ISSN 0040-6376
ISSN (online) 1468-3296

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Thorax is provided as a benefit to members of the British Thoracic Society (BTS).

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