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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 the Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index.

All submissions to the ERS Monograph undergo a peer review process. Monograph peer reviewers work voluntarily, and we are most grateful for their hard work and dedication. A full list of peer reviewers in 2021 can be found here.

Chief Editor: John R. Hurst

John R. Hurst, PhD, FRCP, FHEA, graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School (Edinburgh, UK) in 1997 and was appointed senior lecturer, reader and then Professor of Respiratory Medicine at University College London (London, UK), and Honorary Consultant at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust from October 2007. He leads the bronchiectasis and COPD clinical services at the Trust, including multi-professional working with community providers, and has an active research interest in both conditions, focusing on mechanisms of exacerbation. He is COPD lead for the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme. He is Editor in Chief of the ERS Monograph and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the European Respiratory JournalDisclosures

Editorial Board:

Mohammed AlAhmari is Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care at the Prince Sultan College for Health Sciences (Dammam, Saudi Arabia). He serves as the Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Director of the Excellence Center for Training Programs (Dammam, Saudi Arabia) and Consultant and Chairman of the Institutional Research Board for Eastern Province Military Hospitals. He also serves as Director of Allied Medical Professions and Leader of Anaesthesia and Critical Care for the First Eastern Health Cluster of the Ministry of Health (Dammam, Saudi Arabia). He earned his PhD in respiratory medicine at University College London (London, UK). He is a registered respiratory therapist, a certified tobacco treatment specialist, a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Saudi Governor of Respiratory Care at the International Council of Respiratory Care. He serves on the editorial board of a number of national and international journals. Disclosures

Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich is Professor at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia). Internationally recognised as a leader in the field of respiratory medicine, she is the founder and team leader of the Quality Use of Respiratory Medicines Group, located at the Woolcock Institute, University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District. The group focuses on generating new knowledge about the use of respiratory medicines from the patient, healthcare provider and societal perspective, with output of over 120 research publications. Sinthia is on the Exectuive of ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis in Asthma) and is Chair of Pharmacy ARIA, which is the leading global initiative for the management of allergic rhinitis in pharmacy. She is Vice President of the Respiratory Effectiveness Group (REG) and sits on several global advisory boards associated with the use of medicines in the meanagment of respiratory diseases. Disclosures

Sonye Danoff (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Randeep Guleria (New Delhi, India)

Irene Heijink is a cell/molecular biologist recognised for her extensive experience in epithelial cell biology and patient-specific in vitro models for respiratory disease. She was trained at the University of Groningen (Groningen, the Netherlands) as a medical biologist and received her PhD degree in 2004 at the Faculty of Medical Sciences. After post-doctoral studies at the St Michel's Hospital in Toronto (ON, Canada), she continued her line of research at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG; Groningen, the Netherlands) within the multidisciplinary Groningen Resarch Institue for Asthma and COPD (GRIAC). Since 2013, she been head of the Experimental Pulmonolgy and Inflammation Resarch (EXPIRE) lab at the Department of Pathology and Medical Biology. Her research focuses on the immunological role and regeneration of the epithelium in lung disease. In 2015, she was appointed Talent Track Professor UMCG. She is currently a board member of BRIAC, an active member of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and editorial board member of a number of international journals. Disclosures

Bruce Kirenga is a senior lecturer (in pulmonology) and founding Director of the Makerere University Lung Institute (Kampala, Uganda). He formally trained in internal medicine at Makerere Universtiy (Master of Medicine) and completed specialty registrar training in pulmonary medicine at Mulago Hospital (Kampala, Uganda). He then completed an additional year of clinical training in pulmonary medicine in the section of Pulmonary and Ciritical Care Medicine at Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA). Bruce's main interests are clinical and epidemiological research in the areas of obstructive lung disease and their determinants, as well as tuberculosis. He is a mentor of several junior physicians in pulmonary medicine and epidemiology. Disclosures

Sheila Ramjug is in her final year of respiratory SpR training in the UK. Her specialist interests are pulmonary vascular disease, pulmonary transplantation and interstitial lung disease. Her research in pulmonary vascular disease was undertaken at one of the largest centres in Europe at the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit in Sheffield (UK). This has afforded her the opportunity to be elected as the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Early Career representative for pulmonary vascular disease. She is also on the Education and Training Committee of the British Thoracic Society (BTS). Disclosures

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.

General enquiries

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

About the ERS Handbooks

The ERS Handbooks are compact guides to broad areas of the respiratory field. 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 published.

Currently available

  • ERS Handbook of Respiratory Medicine (3rd edition) online / printed
    Edited by Paolo Palange and Gernot Rohde
  • ERS Handbook of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine online / printed
    Edited by Ernst Eber and Fabio Midulla
  • ERS Handbook of Respiratory Sleep Medicine online / printed
    Edited by Wilfried de Backer and Anita K. Simonds
  • Self-Assessment in Respiratory Medicine online / printed
    Edited by Konrad E. Bloch with Paolo Palange and Anita K. Simonds
  • ERS Practical Handbook of Noninvasive Ventilation online / printed
    Edited by Anita K. Simonds
  • ERS Practical Handbook of Invasive Medical Ventilation online / printed
    Edited by Leo Heunks and Marcus J. Schultz

Online access

Each printed ERS Handbook includes a unique access code, which provides the reader with access to the book in web, PDF and EPUB format through the website. For instructions on how to activate your access, please visit If you do not wish to have a printed copy, you can buy online access directly from

In August 2018, online access moved from the ERS Learning Resources website to If you had previously activated your access on the ERS Learning Resources site, you will need to reactivate it on

(Online access to the 2010 edition of the ERS Handbook of Respiratory Medicine is no longer available. If you purchased this book but have not downloaded the electronic version, please contact

Printed copies

Printed copies of the ERS Handbooks are available from, from the bookshop at the ERS International Congress and at selected other events during the year. ERS members receive a discount if they buy from the online shop or at the International Congress.

CME tests

Online CME tests to accompany the ERS Handbooks are available at

Plagiarism detection

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).

This page was updated on 5 August, 2021