Annals of the American Thoracic Society

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Annals of the American Thoracic Society  
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Former names
Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc.
Discipline Pulmonology
Language English
Edited by John Hansen-Flaschen
Publication details
American Thoracic Society (United States)
Publication history
Frequency 12/year
ISSN ‹See Tfm›1943-5665 (print)
‹See Tfm›2325-6621 (web)

The Annals of the American Thoracic Society is an official medical journal of the American Thoracic Society. It covers research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. It is one of three journals published by the American Thoracic Society, along with the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.


The Annals of the American Thoracic Society aims to publish the highest quality research, commentaries, reviews, and educational content of interest to clinicians, clinical researchers, and medical educators in pediatric and adult pulmonary and sleep medicine and medical critical care. It is an official international online journal of the American Thoracic Society. Annals of the American Thoracic Society (AnnalsATS), formerly PATS, delivers up-to-date and authoritative coverage of adult and pediatric pulmonary and respiratory sleep medicine and adult medical critical care. The scope of the journal encompasses content that is applicable to clinical practice, the formative and continuing education of clinical specialists, and the advancement of public health.

The journal features methodologically rigorous Original Research articles and Brief Communications that address questions relevant to patient care and health care delivery. Additional highlighted contents include Focused Reviews that update readers on the epidemiology, classification, and management of clinical problems, and the safe, efficacious application of procedures. Perspectives provide contemporary or historical overviews of topics relating to health care delivery, dissemination of knowledge, public health, clinical ethics, professionalism, and health care policy. Opinions and Ideas articles offer informed opinions on controversial or unsettled questions of interest to clinicians. Case Conferences publish clinical vignettes that illuminate knowledge of current clinical practice in a format inspired by the teaching conferences common to many academic fellowship training programs. On the Receiving End articles provide an opportunity for patients and family members to communicate observations and recommendations to clinicians based on narratives of personal experience in health care. Other sections address global lung health, practice management, and medical education within the specialty scope of the journal.

AnnalsATS Supplements publishes the proceedings or executive summaries of major scientific conferences and ATS or NIH workshop reports.

The journal is fully indexed in Medline, PubMed and other leading journal databases.


The journal was established in 2004 as the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society. The editor-in-chief was Alan R. Leff (University of Chicago Medical Center). He was succeeded in 2012 by John Hansen-Flaschen (University of Pennsylvania). The journal obtained its current name in 2013.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The Annals of the American Thoracic Society is abstracted and indexed in MEDLINE, Index Medicus, PubMed, and Chemical Abstracts.

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