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Prof Anita Simonds is chief editor of new online open-access research journal

ERJ Open Research journal

On Thursday 28 May 2015, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) launched the new ERJ Open Research journal with Anita Simonds, professor of respiratory and sleep medicine, as chief editor.

Open access journals are freely available to the reader, allowing a much wider mass of the general population to access and benefit from the research papers it publishes. 

This new online publication was developed in response to market research, which revealed a gap in the market for a “high-quality, open-access respiratory journal that offers low author fees and a robust peer review”.   The journal will serve basic and translational scientists in particular, whose work is currently under-represented and under-communicated to the clinical sector.  With space at a premium in other top respiratory journals and only a very small portion of research being reported – ERJ Open Research will give this important research a much-needed outlet. Importantly, many funders e.g. MRC and Wellcome now require open access publication of research.

Prof Simonds says “We want ERJ Open Research to become a first-choice destination for authors and readers. To do that, it needs to bring top-quality, topical, interesting research to a worldwide readership. ERJ Open Research aims to make a significant contribution to the advancement of respiratory science and medicine, and also to be a forward-looking and fleet-footed venture that can respond to breaking issues and controversies and to the changing needs of researchers and practitioners. As well as open access, the “open” in ERJ Open Research should stand for openness to the whole respiratory community. In addition to attracting readers, the journal should inspire people to get involved in respiratory research, to become peer reviewers and to contribute to debate.”

Professor Simonds will be supported by an expert team of associate editors including William Man (RB&HFT) and Ian Adcock (NHLI, Imperial College).

A sample of the papers published in the launch edition includes:

  • New anti-tuberculosis drugs and regimens: 2015 update
  • Prevention of COPD exacerbations: medication and other controversies
  • The Nijmegan questionnaire and dysfunctional breathing
  • Cross-sectional study of asthma and rhinitis symptoms in the context of exposure to air pollution in Nepal.


Read the first edition here.

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