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The journal CHEST receives Impact Factor of 9.410

Recently released in the latest Journal Citation Reports, the journal CHEST®, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST), received a Journal Impact Factor (JIF) of 9.410, up from 8.308 last year. The journal retained the Impact Factor rank of 4th out of 36 journals in the Critical Care category and is 6th out of 64 journals in the Respiratory System category. It has the highest readership of any journal in the fields of critical care and pulmonology.

A proprietary measure owned and issued by Clarivate Analytics, the Impact Factor is based on the number of article citations in the 2020 review period to CHEST journal articles that were published in 2018 and 2019.

“After a year unlike any other, I am proud to see such a substantial increase in this year’s Impact Factor,” says Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH, FCCP, Editor in Chief. “In 2020, our submissions doubled. This score is reflective of the tremendous amount of work that the editorial board, staff, our reviewers and authors consistently put in each month to provide the highest quality articles that resonate with our readers.”

To supplement the journal articles, in 2020, the journal CHEST began fully engaging in a variety of digital elements, including:

  • Podcasts
    The journal produces informational podcasts with lead authors discussing their research and, each month, Dr. Mazzone creates a podcast highlighting key articles published in that month’s journal. Listen to current and archived podcasts here.
  • Multimedia elements
    Where applicable, the journal creates infographic-style overviews of a research study that summarize and translate key messages from the manuscript in a visual way. View current and archived multimedia elements here.
  • Journal-specific social media channels
    CHEST recently created a YouTube page and a Twitter account dedicated to sharing journal articles, updates and visual elements.

In addition to these digital elements, a new content area called Humanities in CHEST Medicine was added to the journal in July 2020. A quick favorite of readers, the Humanities section includes insightful commentaries, debates, educational pieces and original research related to ethics, history, art and the human experience of practicing medicine. View articles in the Humanities section here.

With an acceptance rate for original research below 10%, the journal is a leading source of peer-reviewed, cutting-edge original research in the multidisciplinary specialties of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and related disciplines. It is home to highly regarded clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements that resonate with a broad audience of medical professionals. CHEST journal continues to hold the highest independent readership scores among the professionals most directly served by the clinical research published in the journal based on an independent study from a leading research firm.

To submit a manuscript or to learn more about the journal CHEST, please visit Searchable content is available across all CHEST publications, including the entire CHEST archive from 1935 to present. Subject areas include asthma, chest infections, COPD, critical care, diffuse lung disease, education and clinical practice, pulmonary vascular disease, sleep and thoracic oncology.

American College of Chest Physicians members receive the journal as part of their membership package. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians, and its flagship journal CHEST, visit

About the American College of Chest Physicians and the journal CHEST

The American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) is the global leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chest diseases. Its mission is to champion advanced clinical practice, education, communication and research in chest medicine. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 19,000+ members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians, and its flagship journal CHEST®, visit