Submitting articles to the BMJ

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:726

We are now inviting all authors who want to submit a paper to the BMJ to do so via the web (

We have introduced Benchpress, our web based manuscript tracking system, with the aim of streamlining our processes and providing better, quicker information for authors, reviewers, and editors.

Benchpress is a website where authors deposit their manuscripts and editors go to read them and record their decisions. Reviewers' details are also held on the system, and when asked to review a paper reviewers will be invited to access the site to see the relevant paper. The system is secure, protected by passwords, so that authors see only their own papers and reviewers see only those they are meant to. The system is run by Highwire Press, who host, and is already being used by 30 journals, including most of the BMJ Publishing Group's specialist journals.

For authors in particular the system offers several benefits. The system provides all our guidance and forms and allows authors to suggest reviewers for their paper—something we'd like to encourage. Authors get an immediate acknowledgement that their submission has been received, and they can watch the progress of their manuscript. The record of their submission, including editors' and reviewers' reports, remains on the system for future reference.

Anyone with an internet connection and a web browser can use the system.

The system itself offers extensive help, and the BMJ Online Submission Team is geared up to help authors and reviewers if they get stuck. We see Benchpress as part of our endeavour to improve our service to authors and reviewers and, as always, we'd welcome feedback.

Benchpress is accessed via or via a link from

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