The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is an international peer reviewed medical journal. The BMJ has been published without interruption since 1840, when it began as the Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal. Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. To achieve these aims we publish original research articles, review and educational articles, news, letters, investigative journalism, and articles commenting on the clinical, scientific, social, political, and economic factors affecting health that help doctors make better clinical, research and public health decisions. The BMJ also aims to publish articles that advance debate on the science and art of patient partnership and co-production of health. We are delighted to consider articles for publication from doctors and others, and from anywhere in the world. Although the editorial office is located in London, we have editors throughout the world, including Europe, North America, South Asia, and China.
The BMJ is published by the BMJ, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association. The BMA grants editorial freedom to the editor of The BMJ (currently Dr. Fiona Godlee). The views expressed in the journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the BMA. The BMJ follows guidelines on editorial independence produced by the World Association of Medical Editors and the code on good publication practice produced by the Committee on Publication Ethics, the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and checklists and advice for good research reporting of the EQUATOR network.
Detailed information about The BMJ's publishing model and editorial processes, including peer review, acceptance rate, revenue, and open access policies.
At The BMJ, we offer authors the opportunity to submit a range of article types. Detailed author instructions and resources to help you find an article style that suits your work.
Explore recent BMJ Collections - packages of articles focusing on a specific topic.
Find out more about The BMJ's complaints procedure, and how to get in touch with us to raise any issues.
BMJ Company, publisher of The BMJ
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
World Association of Medical Editors
Committee on Publication Ethics
Declaration of Helsinki
WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)
Links to resources that may assist you when preparing your document
BMJ author hub
BMJ Open Access Hub
Guidance for peer reviewers
Video guidance for authors of research papers
Guidelines on good publication practiceGuidelines by the European Medical Writers' AssociationAuthors' Submission Toolkit: A practical guide to getting your research published
Patient consent forms in English and other languages
BMJ Author Hub Video abstracts
Video advice on creating video abstracts
Links to editorials that explain our policies
Mandatory disclosure of trial results for drugs and devices (2008)
Disclosure of competing interests (2009)
Prepublication histories and open peer review at The BMJ (2013)
Video abstracts (2013)
Declaration of transparency for each research article (2013)
Journal policy on research funded by the tobacco industry (2013)
Medical journals and industry ties (2014)
The BMJ requires data sharing on request for all trials (2015)
Data sharing statements for clinical trials (2017)
Patient initiative editorials
Editorial: Let the patient revolution begin (2013)
Editorial: The BMJ’s own patient journey (2014)
Editorial: Logging The BMJ’s “patient journey” (2015)
Editorial: Time to deliver patient centred care (2015)
Editorial: Making patient relevant clinical research a reality (2016)
Editorial: Co-creating health: more than a dream (2016)
Analysis: Patient partnership in medical conferences (2016)
Spotlight series of articles on Patient Centred Care (supported by DNV.GL)
What does The BMJ mean by patient involvement and co-production?
Licenses, copyright, permission to reuse
Reporting checklists (look for extensions at the Equator network)