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About the ERS books

The ERS Monograph is the quarterly book series from the European Respiratory Society. Each Monograph covers a specific area of respiratory medicine, providing in-depth reviews that give clinicians at all levels a concise, comprehensive guide to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

The ERS Handbooks are compact guides to broad areas of the respiratory field. Launched in 2010, the series now covers adult, paediatric and sleep respiratory medicine, and a companion volume of self-assessment questions is available. In 2015, the first ERS Practical Handbook, on Noninvasive Ventilation, was added to the series

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About the ERS Monograph

The ERS Monograph is the quarterly book series published by the European Respiratory Society (ERS). Each Monograph provides a comprehensive overview of one clinical area of respiratory health, communicating information about the most advanced techniques and systems required for its investigation. It provides up-to-date and useful scientific detail, drawing on specific case studies and considering the diagnosis and management of individual patients.

The ERS Monograph does not accept spontaneous submissions; all content is commissioned. However, if you have an idea for a future issue of the ERS Monograph and/or are interested in being the Guest Editor of an issue, please contact the Chief Editor.

ERS Monographs can be freely accessed online by ERS members. Print copies are available for purchase from

The ERS Monograph is indexed in Scopus and Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index.

Chief Editor: Robert Bals
Direktor der Klinik für Innere Medizin V - Pneumologie, Allergologie, Beatmungsmedizin Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, D-66421 Homburg/Saar, Germany. E-mail:

Editorial Board:
Antonio Anzueto (San Antonio, TX, USA)
Carlos Robalo Cordeiro (Coimbra, Portugal)
John Hurst (London, UK)
Leif Bjermer (Lund, Sweden)

Instructions for authors
Authors who are invited to write a chapter for an issue of the ERS Monograph are emailed a copy of the Instructions for Authors at the time of invitation. Authors should refer to that copy as it has been tailored to the specific requirements of the issue. On submission, each chapter is peer reviewed by the issue Guest Editors and external peer reviewers (assigned by the Guest Editors). When your chapter has been peer reviewed, you may be requested to make changes based on the reviewers' comments. Revised chapters should be submitted within 2 weeks of receipt of decision.

Continuing medical education (CME) credits are available through many issues of the ERS Monograph. Each book is evaluated and accreditated by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumonology (EBAP) for 5 CME credits. To earn CME credits, read the book of your choice (it is clearly indicated on the online table of contents whether CME credits are availble) then complete the CME question form that is available at

General enquiries
For general enquiries about the ERS Monograph, please contact

Print ISSN: 2312-508X; Online ISSN: 2312-5098

About the ERS Handbooks

Each ERS Handbook is a concise, comprehensive reference to a broad area of respiratory medicine. Written by leading clinicians and researchers, they are the perfect educational tool and clinical reference. Four titles are available.
  • ERS Handbook of Respiratory Medicine (2nd edition)
    Edited by Paolo Palange and Anita K. Simonds
  • ERS Handbook of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
    Edited by Ernst Eber and Fabio Midulla
  • ERS Handbook of Respiratory Sleep Medicine
    Edited by Wilfried de Backer and Anita K. Simonds
  • Self-Assessment in Respiratory Medicine
    Edited by Konrad E. Bloch with Paolo Palange and Anita K. Simonds


The ERS uses iThenticate plagiarism detection software ( Submitted articles are screened and compared to previously published sources. Manuscripts revealing a high proportion of similarity to single or multiple published sources will be examined carefully, and the Chief Editors reserve the right to approach authors for an explanation (as per the Committee on Publication Ethics recommendations of procedures to follow in the event of suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript).