About Thorax

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 is one of the highest ISI ranked journals covering all aspects of pulmonary medicine. Each issue covers topics such as COPD, asthma, smoking, respiratory infection and lung cancer; and includes editorials, short papers, review series, case reports, images in thorax, and letters.

Thorax is the official journal of the British Thoracic Society. 


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

Journal Statistics 2015

Acceptance rate 8% for Original Research
Instant Reject rate 54% for all papers, receiving a decision within 1-3 days
Time from Submission to First Decision 20 days
Time from Submission to Final Decision 15 weeks
Time from Acceptance to Publication 17 days (online)
3 months (print)
Frequency Monthly
Impact Factor 8.121
Indexed By Index Medicus (Medline), Science Citation Index, ISI Current Contents (Clinical Medicine/Life Sciences), Excerpta Medica (Embase), BIOSIS Previews
Launch Date 1946
ISSN of Thorax 0040-6376
ISSN of Thorax Online 1468-3296

Contact Information

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COPEBMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.

Equator The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.

AllTrials logoBMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.

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