The first issue of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology was launched in July 1989. Also known as the Red Journal, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology was developed to address the shift in modern pulmonary science to lung cell and molecular biology. The founding editors were Jerome S. Brody, M.D., Robert M. Senior, M.D., and Mary C. Williams, Ph.D. John A. Mcdonald, Ph.D., M.D., served as editor from 1993 to 1998. The current Editor, Kenneth B. Adler, Ph.D., is professor of cell biology in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.
The American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology publishes papers that report significant and original observations in the area of pulmonary biology. The focus of the Journal includes, but is not limited to, cellular, biochemical, molecular, developmental, genetic, and immunologic studies of lung cells and molecules.