The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

Categories of Articles


Research Article

A report of an original investigation (a study). Must include: Title Page, Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. May also include: Tables, Figures (if so, must include Figure Legends), Acknowledgments, and Appendixes.

Case Report

Report of an uncommon clinical case or a new or improved method of management or treatment. A case-managing physician must either be an author or furnish a letter approving the manuscript. Must include: Title Page, Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Case Summary, Discussion, and References. May also include: Tables, Figures (if so, must include Figure Legends), and Acknowledgments.

Review Article

A comprehensive, critical review of the literature and state-of-the-art summary of a topic that has generally been the subject of at least 40 published research articles. Must include: Title Page, Outline, Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Review of the Literature, Summary, and References. May also include: Tables, Figures (if so, must include Figure Legends), Acknowledgments, and Appendixes.  Review articles are generally written by persons with established expertise in the subject area addressed.

Editorial

A manuscript addressing an issue in the practice or administration of respiratory care. It may present an opposing opinion, clarify a position, or bring a problem into focus.  Editorials are generally invited by the Editor in Chief; contact the editorial office if in doubt.

Letter to the Editor

A brief, signed communication responding to previously published material in RESPIRATORY CARE or about other controversies. Tables, Figures, and References may be included.

Teaching Case of the Month

Instructive and exceptionally well-documented cases of conditions pertinent to the goals and readership of RESPIRATORY CARE, along with concise reviews of the important features of each reported condition. The characteristics of an appropriate case:  (1) A disease, situation, complication, course, or outcome pertinent to the Journal’s readership; (2) a case with features typical of the entity being reported; (3) exceptional, unequivocal documentation, including images, laboratory data, and other documentation as appropriate; and (4) not previously covered in the series.  Must include:  Title Page, Introduction, Case Summary, Discussion, Teaching Points, and References.  May also include Tables, Figures (if so, must include Figure Legends). 

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