American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine  
AJRCCM April 15 cover image.jpg
Former names
American Review of Tuberculosis, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, American Review of Respiratory Disease
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med.
Discipline Pulmonology
Language English
Edited by Jacob I. Sznajder
Publication details
American Thoracic Society (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Biweekly
ISSN 1073-449X (print)
1535-4970 (web)
LCCN sn93003167
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, commonly referred to as the "Blue journal".

It is one of three journals published by the American Thoracic Society, along with the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.


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. 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. 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 Respiratory Diseases, and in 1965 the American Review of Respiratory Disease. The journal obtained its current title in 1994. Recent editors-in-chief have included John F. Murray (1973-1980), Gareth Green (1980-1985), Reuben Cherniack (1985-1989), Robert A. Klocke (1989-1994), Alan R. Leff (1994-1999), Martin J. Tobin (1999-2004), and Edward Abraham (2004-2009). The current editor is Jacob Iasha Sznajder (Feinberg School of Medicine). In January 2015, Jadwiga A. Wedzicha (Imperial College of London) will become editor-in-chief.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 11.986, ranking it 1st out of 27 journals in the category "Critical Care Medicine"[5] and 1st out of 54 journals in the category "Respiratory System".[5]


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