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First year of the thoracic triumvirate
  1. Nicholas Hart1,
  2. Gisli Jenkins2,
  3. Alan Robert Smyth3
  1. 1Lane Fox Respiratory Service, Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, 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 Gisli Jenkins, Centre for Respiratory Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG51PB, UK; gisli.jenkins{at}

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When we accepted the prestigious role of Joint Editors-in-Chief of Thorax 1 year ago we were fully aware of the enormous responsibility that came with the role as well as the challenges that we would face as the editorial team. We were wholly cognisant that we were representing more than just a journal, but indeed we were representing an important national body, the British Thoracic Society (BTS). Our key aims were to focus on originality, excellence and rigour in respiratory, sleep and critical care medicine to ensure that Thorax delivers interesting, educational and impactful content to all its readers, most importantly BTS members. We were tasked with building up still further the publication metrics. In the last year, our top read articles have included the pulmonary nodule guidelines,1 read over 9000 times and cited 17 times, original research looking at the use of venous blood gas analysis in COPD,2 read over 6700 times, clinical trial data from the Lebrikizumab trials,3 read over 5000 times and cited 16 times, basic science studies investigating the role of Toll-like receptor 7 in regulating …

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