New research is the lifeblood of medical progress. Thanks to the proliferation of more than 50 good-quality medical journals publishing articles in critical care and respiratory medicine every month, most well-conducted research today will find publication.
But will it be read? The sheer numbers of published articles and the extent of their dispersion have made staying current with the literature a practical impossibility for most of us. Our professional conversation has become fragmented, unwieldy, hard to follow. Important research findings drift unnoticed in a sea of filler, lessening their impact and contributing to the oft-lamented translational gap between research and clinical practice.
So why launch yet another journal?
Parallel to the research enterprise, what is needed is a continual synthesis and curation of current knowledge as it emerges and gains contour—what has been called the “scholarship of integration.” The publications serving this need in our specialties cloister themselves behind paywalls, blunting their impact and utility. Beyond charging readers subscription fees, most of these journals require payment from their authors for each published article.
PulmCCM Journal sidesteps these problems. We aim to publish high-quality, high-utility clinical reviews to support physicians caring for patients with critical illness or respiratory disease. Our publication model gives primacy to authors, readers, and the dissemination of medical knowledge above impact factor or profit:
We all depend on our colleagues’ continued progress in medical research. As that progress produces an accelerating torrent of information in respiratory and critical care medicine, we hope PulmCCM Journal will serve its readers as a filter and a fountain of accurate and useful knowledge for years to come.