The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care


RESPIRATORY CARE is the official science journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). It is published monthly, and is listed in Index Medicus and included in ISI’s Web of Science. Its contents are searchable via PubMed and most widely-used search engines.

In continuous publication since 1956, RESPIRATORY CARE is edited by Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Journal’s editorial office is in Irving, Texas. The editor in chief is assisted by Editor Emeritus David J Pierson MD FAARC, Deputy Editor Richard D Branson MSc RRT FAARC, five Associate Editors and an Assistant Editor, as well as by an Editorial Board, whose members include respiratory therapists, physicians, physiologists, and others involved in the field. More information on the Journal’s structure and personnel is available on the editorial board page.

RESPIRATORY CARE deals with the subject area of the same name, and thus publishes articles pertaining to disorders affecting the cardiorespiratory system, including their pathogenesis, pathophysiology, manifestations, diagnostic assessment, monitoring, prevention, and management. Because the practice of respiratory care prominently involves equipment and devices, the development, evaluation, and use of these things feature prominently in what the Journal publishes. However, as indicated by the word “care” in its name, the Journal also emphasizes the patient, and on improving all aspects of the care of individuals affected by respiratory disease. Further information on the subject area of respiratory care as addressed by the Journal, and its relationship to the health care profession of the same name, can be found in the editorial, What is Respiratory Care?.

The Journal sponsors the AARC’s annual OPEN FORUM, held each year as part of the annual International Respiratory Congress. Abstracts of research studies and case reports accepted for presentation are published in RESPIRATORY CARE. At the OPEN FORUM, the work described in these abstracts is presented in the form of posters, grouped by subject, and discussed in mini-symposia. Many of the research projects first presented at the OPEN FORUM are also developed into full manuscripts for submission to RESPIRATORY CARE.

In addition to the reports of original research and the other article types listed below, an important function of RESPIRATORY CARE is the publication of special issues devoted to specific themes. These special issues are developed from state-of-the-art or consensus conferences convened by the Journal, as well as from selected symposia presented at the annual International Respiratory Congress.

All manuscripts submitted to RESPIRATORY CARE are subjected to peer review. The editor relies on objective evaluations by outside experts and members of the Editorial Board in deciding whether submitted manuscripts should be accepted for publication, revised for further peer review, or rejected. Only manuscripts fitting the categories of articles the Journal published are accepted. These categories are:

Definitions, descriptions, and required characteristics of each of these categories can be found in the Manuscript Preparation Guide. The Journal’s policies with respect to the ethics of research and publication, as well as information on the submission process and other topics, can also be found in the Manuscript Preparation Guide.

Editorial Board

The RESPIRATORY CARE editorial board includes the editor, editor emeritus, deputy editor, associate editors, and editorial board members of The Journal.


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