Research and Innovation

Research in lung disease must reflect the glittering edge of our specialty, and, in doing so, it will be addressing the most important unmet clinical needs of our patients.

Professor Stephen Holgate, BTS President, 2007 Thorax, 62, No 12, 1028-1032


To celebrate the latest impact factor of Thorax 9.655 we have made the top ten cited articles from the past three years free to access. See the list here

Thorax is our respected and widely disseminated journal with an ever-growing international reputation. It is published jointly with the British Medical Journal, and is available to members who subscribe in a number of categories.

It publishes clinical and experimental research articles on respiratory medicine, paediatrics, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, and surgery. Each issue covers topics such as COPD, asthma, smoking, respiratory infection and lung cancer.

BTS members who receive Thorax can also access articles online for free. Please keep a record of the 6 digit code received when joining. You must use this to register for the Thorax website at If you have forgotten your 6 digit code, please email

Click here to download instructions on how to access Thorax online

Non-members or members who do not receive Thorax can request reprints at

If you would like to reproduce content from Thorax, you must request permission to do so at