Intended for healthcare professionals

About The BMJ

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.

Publishing models at The BMJ

Detailed information about The BMJ's publishing model and editorial processes, including peer review, acceptance rate, revenue, and open access policies.

How to write for The BMJ

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.

Forms, policies, and ethics

Learn about the policies and principles that help The BMJ to be an ethical publisher.

Complaints procedure at The BMJ

Find out more about The BMJ's complaints procedure, and how to get in touch with us to raise any issues.

BMJ Collections

Explore recent BMJ Collections - packages of articles focusing on a specific topic.

Advertising and sponsorship at The BMJ

Legal information

Useful links to other organizations

BMJ Company, publisher of The BMJ
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
World Association of Medical Editors
Committee on Publication Ethics
Creative commons
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
SAMPL Guidelines
Guidelines on good publication practiceGuidelines by the European Medical Writers' AssociationAuthors' Submission Toolkit: A practical guide to getting your research published
Using images
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?

Disclosure forms

Education: Education declaration for conflicts of interest
Research: ICMJE Unified Disclosure Form
Others: BMJ disclosure form

Transparency policies

Transparency declaration
Transparency policies

Licenses, copyright, permission to reuse

Copyright, open access and permission to reuse

Proposal forms

Education Article Proposal Form

Reporting checklists (look for extensions at the Equator network)

TIDieR checklist
GRADE system
CONSORT extension for abstracts
PRISMA extension for abstracts