American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine  
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Edited byJadwiga A. Wedzicha
Publication details
Former name(s)
American Review of Tuberculosis, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, American Review of Respiratory Disease
American Thoracic Society (United States)
17.452 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med.
ISSN1073-449X (print)
1535-4970 (web)
OCLC no.29407978

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine is a biweekly peer-reviewed medical journal published in two yearly volumes by the American Thoracic Society. It is commonly referred to as the "Blue Journal".

It is one of four official journals published by the American Thoracic Society, along with the Annals of the American Thoracic Society (the "White Journal"), American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (the "Red Journal"), and ATS Scholar.


The journal covers the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases that affect the respiratory system. The journal also publishes review articles in several forms. The "State of the Art" review is a treatise usually covering a broad field that brings bench research to the bedside. Shorter reviews are published as "Critical Care Perspectives" or "Pulmonary Perspectives." These are generally focused on a more limited area and advance a concerted opinion about care for a specific process. "Concise Clinical Reviews" provide an evidence-based synthesis of the literature pertaining to topics of fundamental importance to the practice of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Results of clinical trials are also published. Images providing advances or unusual contributions to the field are published as "Images in Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine and the Sciences."

Recently the journal has included debates of a topical nature on issues of importance in pulmonary and critical care medicine and to the membership of the American Thoracic Society. Other recent changes have included incorporating works from the field of critical care medicine and the extension of the editorial governing body of journal policy to colleagues outside of the United States.


The journal was established in March 1917 as the American Review of Tuberculosis.[1] Since then there have been several title changes. In 1953 a subtitle was added, "A Journal of Pulmonary Diseases." In 1955 the title became the American Review of Tuberculosis and Pulmonary Diseases, and in 1959 the American Review of Respiratory Diseases (the final "s" was dropped in 1966).[1] The journal obtained its current title in 1994.[1]

The journal was established by the National Tuberculosis Association (which became the American Lung Association (ALA)) which published the journal from 1917 until 1994 when the medical section of the ALA, the American Thoracic Society became the publisher.[2]


The following persons have been editor-in-chief of the journal:

  • Edward R. Baldwin (1917-1922)
  • Allen K. Krause (1922-1939)
  • Max Pinner (1940-1947)
  • Esmond R. Long (1948-1951)
  • Walsh McDermott (1952-1972)
  • Daniel S. Lucas (Acting, January–June 1973)
  • John F. Murray (1973-1979)
  • Gareth M. Green (1980-1984)
  • Reuben M. Cherniack (1985-1989)
  • Robert A. Klocke (1989-1994)
  • Alan R. Leff (1994-1999)
  • Martin J. Tobin (1999-2004)
  • Edward Abraham (2004-2009)[3]
  • Jacob Iasha Sznajder (2010-2014)[4]

In January 2015, Jadwiga A. Wedzicha (Imperial College London) became editor-in-chief.[5]

Abstracting and indexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2019 impact factor of 17.452, ranking it 1st out of 27 journals in the category "Critical Care Medicine"[13] and 1st out of 54 journals in the category "Respiratory System".[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  2. ^ American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Library of Congress Catalog. Library of Congress. LCCN 94641388.
  3. ^ "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine masthead" (PDF). American Thoracic Society. 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  4. ^ Sznajder, JI (December 15, 2014). "Time to pass the baton". American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 190 (12): 1327–8. doi:10.1164/rccm.201411-2085ED. PMID 25496095.
  5. ^ "Jadwiga Wedzicha: Incoming AJRCCM Editor-In-Chief". ATSNews. American Thoracic Society. August 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine". Ulrichsweb. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  7. ^ "Serials cited". CAB Abstracts. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  8. ^ "CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List". CINAHL. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  9. ^ a b c "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  10. ^ "Serials cited". Global Health. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  11. ^ "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  12. ^ "Serials cited". Tropical Diseases Bulletin. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  13. ^ a b "Journals Ranked by Impact: Critical Care Medicine". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Abraham, E (2005). "The AJRCCM in 2005". American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 171 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1164/rccm.2411001.
  • Angus, D; Ishizaka, A; Matthay, M; Lemaire, F; et al. (March 2005). "Critical care in AJRCCM 2004". American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 171 (6): 537–44. doi:10.1164/rccm.2412004. PMID 15753483.

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