Intended for healthcare professionals
The BMJ is defined by its mission: to work towards a healthier world for all. We share that global endeavour with millions of readers working in clinical practice, research, education, government, and with patients and the public too.
This mission defines us, far more than the format of our content. After nearly 180 years, our print edition still thrives, and has been joined by podcast, video, tweet, app, website and live events. But, as each of these formats gains ground or declines in importance, the things The BMJ cares about will endure:
• Improving the creation and dissemination of research evidence
• Improving clinical education and practice
• Advocating for universal, equitable, high quality healthcare
• Championing the health and wellbeing of doctors
• Improving the social and environmental determinants of health
While pursuing these goals, we commit to partnering with patients and the public to ensure their best interests are served; and to being as transparent and accountable as possible in everything we do.
The BMJ can be many things to its diverse audiences: an international research journal, a member magazine, a think tank, an investigative campaigner, an educational resource, even a trusted and inspiring friend. Whatever The BMJ means to you, we invite you to share our mission and join us in working towards a healthier world for all.
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.
Learn about the policies and principles that help The BMJ to be an ethical publisher.
Find out more about The BMJ's complaints procedure, and how to get in touch with us to raise any issues.
Explore recent BMJ Collections - packages of articles focusing on a specific topic.
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?
Education: Education declaration for conflicts of interest
Research: ICMJE Unified Disclosure Form
Others: BMJ disclosure form
Licenses, copyright, permission to reuse
Copyright, open access and permission to reuse
Education Article Proposal Form
Reporting checklists (look for extensions at the Equator network)
CONSORT extension for abstracts
PRISMA extension for abstracts