Critical Care Commentary

Celebrating the inaugural issues of CHEST’s new open access journals


After much anticipation, the inaugural issues of both CHEST® Critical Care and CHEST® Pulmonary officially launched in late June. These new open access additions to the journal CHEST® portfolio feature content that is permanently and freely available online for all – promoting transparency, inclusiveness, and collaboration in research – and offer authors more avenues to share their practice-changing research.

The first issue of CHEST Critical Care featured research into ICU mortality across prepandemic and pandemic cohorts in resource-limited settings in South Africa, an exploration into symptom trajectory in recipients of hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation, a narrative review of post-intensive care syndrome, and an investigation into early echocardiographic and ultrasonographic findings in critically ill patients with COVID-19.

In addition, an editorial from Hayley Gershengorn, MD, Editor in Chief of CHEST Critical Care, offers readers more insights into the need for a publication focused on the breadth of clinical topics in critical care and her goals for the new publication.

“I’m ecstatic for this launch. We are grateful to our authors for the trust they put in us and are excited to share their work with our critical care colleagues around the world,” Dr. Gershengorn said. “The editorial team and the American College of Chest Physicians staff have worked tirelessly on this journal, and it’s incredibly gratifying to see the first issue publish.”

Read the full issue and new research from the journal at

In his own editorial featured in the inaugural issue of CHEST Pulmonary, Editor in Chief Matthew Miles, MD, MEd, FCCP, shares how the flagship journal’s proud heritage of sharing impactful clinical research – and the need to target areas of pulmonary and sleep medicine research not covered by other journals – inspired the creation of this new publication.

The issue also includes research into mobile health opportunities for asthma management, an exploration into telemedicine for patients with interstitial lung diseases, an in-depth review into the rare and often underdiagnosed disorder primary ciliary dyskinesia, research on the impact of the social vulnerability index on pulmonary embolism mortality, and an investigation into pneumothorax complications after percutaneous lung biopsy.

“I am deeply grateful to our authors, reviewers, editorial board, and staff who have contributed to the launch of our first issue,” Dr. Miles said. “The journal CHEST is known for excellence in clinically relevant research and patient management guidance. CHEST Pulmonary expands the CHEST portfolio with additional opportunity for researchers to share their work in an exclusively open access format to reach the broadest possible audience. I know our readers will enjoy learning from the research and reviews in issue one.”

Review the full issue and new articles from CHEST Pulmonary at

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