Focus and Scope

This Journal will publish editorials, original articles, review articles, case reports, and images related to medicine with an emphasis on respiratory and critical care medicine. The Journal will also publish articles about public policy and medicine, statistics, medicine in art, medical education, and regional medicine.

Peer Review Process

In almost all cases, one or two peer reviewers evaluate each submission within two to six weeks and submit a written report to the editors. During peer review, all manuscripts are considered privileged communications; copying them, showing them to anyone, and discussing personal evaluations or recommendations are prohibited without approval of editorial staff. Manuscripts are to be destroyed after the review is completed. Peer reviewers also are asked to report immediately to the editors any possible personal, professional, or financial conflicts of interest with authors or related to the topic; when a conflict exists, SRCCC editors then find another reviewer in their place.

Publication Frequency

This journal will be published quarterly.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Article Processing Charge

The Journal does not have any article processing charges.


The reviewers' names will be listed at the end of each published article.

Conflicts of interest/human subjects/animal research

1. Authors are expected to list any important and relevant conflicts of interest related to submissions to the journal. Potential conflicts of interest could include salary and research support from public and private corporations and recommendations for the off label use of medications and/or medical devices. Reviewers are expected to report potential conflicts of interest with the authors of submitted articles. 

2. Studies involving human subjects are expected to be in compliance with policies and regulations of the institutional review board at the institution where the authors work. Prospective studies are expected to obtain written and informed consent from participants. Retrospective studies are expected to meet the criteria for the parent institutional review board for retrospective studies. In general, no identifying information will be provided regarding any patient or participant in the study. Review articles, case reports, and image studies do not require subject consent except under unusual circumstances in which a subject is unavoidably identified in a photo.

3. Studies based on the use of animal models are required to be compliant with animal use policies at the investigators’ home institution and have approval for the study based on the review process used for these studies.

4. Use of inclusive language. Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout.

Publishing Credentials

The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles is an online publication sponsored and supported by the School of Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. The sponsoring organization is a large, state supported health sciences center with extensive experience in education, medical care, and research.

The editorial board maintains a scientific integrity of this journal and its operation. All members of the editorial board have significant experience in teaching, clinical care, and/or clinical research. The editor has worked in pulmonary and critical care medicine for 40 plus years. His research experience has included basic science studies using animal models and in vitro techniques and clinical studies using a prospective and retrospective designs and literature review. The editorial board has a significant aggregate experience in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine, and data analysis. All editorial board members are based in departments of internal medicine at medical schools, or health centers, or in departments of statistics at universities. The editorial board has over 300 years of experience working in academic positions and more than 300 peer reviewed publications, not counting publications in this journal.

The Journal has the administrative, technical, and academic support of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Sources of Support

Journal History

The Chronicles is an online publication first published in January 2013. It has completed eight years of publication. Through April 2021, the journal has published 508 articles and five supplements. Its platform is provided by the Open Journal Systems/Public Knowledge Project. Its publisher is Aptara, Inc. in Falls Church, Virginia.