About CHEST Publications

CHEST Publications from the American College of Chest Physicians offers high-quality resources spanning the subspecialties of chest medicine, including pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

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Each month, CHEST features the best in peer-reviewed, cutting-edge original research in the multidisciplinary specialties of chest medicine, including pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine; bronchoscopy and other procedures; cardiorespiratory interactions; and related disciplines. It is home to the organization’s highly regarded clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements. Readers can find the latest research posted in the Online First section each week and access a variety of special series, that provide insight into relevant clinical areas, such as Recent Advances in Chest Medicine, Topics in Practice Management, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Pearls, Chest Imaging and Pathology for Clinicians, and Contemporary Reviews. Point/Counterpoint Editorials and the CHEST Podcasts explore controversial issues, fostering discussion among physicians. CHEST is the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians and is available in print, online, on the mobile web, and as an app for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch. 

 CHEST Facts and Stats


  • Editor: Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP
  • Editorial Board
  • Editorial pages per year: ~3,600
  • Publication Frequency: Monthly
  • ISSN: Print 0012-3692 Online 1931-3543
  • Archive: Back to 1935


  • Acceptance Rate: 9-13% for Original Research
  • Acceptance to Publication: 2-3 weeks Online First, 5 months in print, 
  • Average Time to First Decision: 3 weeks

Citation Data

  • Journal Citation Report Categories: Critical Care and Respiratory Systems
  • Impact Factor: 6.136 (The 2015 Impact Factor is calculated by taking the number of citations made in 2015 to articles published in 2013 and 2014, and then dividing that number by the total number of articles published in 2013 and 2014.)
  • Impact Factor Rank: 6th among 54 respiratory systems and 5th of 27 critical care journals
  • 5-Year Impact Factor: 6.823
  • Total Citations: 44,914
  • Total Articles: 358
  • Immediacy Index: 1.721
  • Eigenfactor Score: 0.07123
  • Article Influence Score: 2.460
  • Google Scholar Rank: 2nd of 20 journals from the pulmonary discipline
  • Google Scholar h5-index: 97

News About CHEST

Beginning January 2016, CHEST will be published by Elsevier (the American College of Chest Physicians will retain ownership and editorial control). With this change, institutional customers will access the Journal via ScienceDirect.


These books are no longer available. Please visit the CHEST Store for other Board Review products.

General Site Features

  • Collections that can be browsed by relevant topics in chest medicine and within special sections of CHEST
  • Search  the entire CHEST archive (from 1935)
  • Recommended readings shown in context for all articles from CHEST, PubMed, and National Guideline Clearinghouse
  • Personalization features such as e-mail alerts and RSS feeds available for new content and by topic or special section
  • Guidelines and consensus statements accessible from anywhere on the site, plus quick links to guidelines in the National Guideline Clearinghouse
  • Podcasts available monthly from CHEST, on the site. or in iTunes®