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Thorax: Quick facts and submission tips

Yateendra Joshi | Jun 15, 2016 | 9,373 views
Thorax: Quick facts and submission tips

Aims and scope

Thorax publishes research articles related to clinical and experimental aspects of respiratory medicine, paediatrics, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, and surgery.


BMJ Publishing Group for the British Thoracic Society. Thorax is the official journal of the society.

Frequency of publication

Monthly (the twelve issues of a year make up a volume)

Editorial information

The journal has three editors, two deputy editors, more than twenty associate editors, and a large editorial board (more than fifty members). Thorax has a separate statistical editorial board and four statistical editors.

More information here:



Thorax welcomes contributions that advance science significantly and impact clinical practice. Topics considered by the journal include respiratory medicine, sleep, and critical care ‘as well as those on basic and translational mechanisms with application to clinical material (e.g. cell and molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, and immunology)’.



All manuscripts must be uploaded through the ScholarOne manuscript submission system. New users are required to register themselves first. 

Visit to begin the process of submission. Thorax publishes articles in twelve categories (details and word counts for each are given as part of the guidelines for authors, available here):



Contributions that pass preliminary screening are sent out for review. Each contribution is assigned to an editor who manages the peer review process, choosing appropriate reviewers from a database of experts. Some papers may be sent to specialist statistical reviewers. Many contributions are rejected even before peer review because of they are not sufficiently original, flawed scientifically, or do not offer substantial content important and relevant to the readers of the journal.



Thorax displays on its home page some statistics particularly helpful to potential contributors. For 2015, Thorax accepted only 8% of the submissions in the ‘original research’ category; rejected 54% of all submissions within 1–3 days based on preliminary screening; and arrived at a final decision (for the submissions that had cleared the preliminary screening) in 15 weeks. The articles that are read the most – based on the number of views for the full text of the articles and for the versions in pdf – are listed every month. These articles can be seen here:



The latest impact factor is 8.121.

Thorax is indexed by Index Medicus (Medline), Excerpta Medica (Embase), and BIOSIS Previews in addition to the Science Citation Index and Current Contents.



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