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Journals at the ATS


The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is extremely proud of our three journals. With renowned editors and authors, the ATS journals are the heart of the society and one of the major benefits of membership.

The ATS’s three peer-reviewed journals publish groundbreaking research, clinical trials, guidelines, workshop reports, and statements relevant to adult and pediatric pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The journals promote the mission of the ATS by advancing research, clinical care, and public health in respiratory disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders.

Each journal has a specific focus that guides its content. Focusing on translational research, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) publishes high-quality original papers, reviews, and clinical trials in respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine to foster advances in research and clinical practice. The American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (AJRCMB), publishes papers that report significant and original observations in respiratory and lung cell biology. Its focus includes cellular, biochemical, molecular, developmental, genetic, and immunologic studies in health and in acute and chronic disorders related to the respiratory system and sleep. Annals of the American Thoracic Society (AnnalsATS) publishes original clinical, epidemiological, and health services research related to respiratory, sleep, critical care medicine, and population health. The journal also aims to educate pulmonary, sleep, and critical care providers about clinical care. Further, it publishes commentary on public health, environmental health, global health, health policy, and medical education/training relevant to ATS members.

The journals all reach the broader scientific community. The impact factor (IF) for AJRCCM rose from 13.20 to 15.24 in the most recent rankings, and the AJRCMB IF is now 3.79. The ATS is expecting that AnnalsATS will receive its first IF later this month.  

Information about submission to and professional opportunities within the journals are available in the “Journals” section of the ATS website. Currently, for example, AnnalsATS is soliciting applications for an inaugural group of Junior Editors, who will serve in mentored editorial roles where they will learn peer review and editorial skills.

AJRCCM is published online and in print twice a month, AJRCMB publishes online-only every month, and AnnalsATS publishes online and in print monthly. Journal updates are promoted in the ATS News newsletter, and in the ATS Morning Minute newsletter, in the section labeled “From ATS.” Articles are also highlighted on ATS social media accounts.  

Together, the journals publish the latest advances in basic science, translational and clinical research, clinical trials, state-of-the-art reviews, perspectives, and clinical guidelines.

We hope you enjoy reading about the new research and innovations the journals deliver!