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Emma Veitch

Emma is an Associate Editor for The BMJ, handling papers submitted to specific Collections. Her first degree, in Natural Sciences, was from the University of Cambridge, and her PhD work at King’s College London focused on the role of neural crest cells in pharyngeal arch patterning in the chick embryo. Following her PhD, Emma moved into science publishing, helping to establish the open-access publisher BioMed Central’s series of online journals. After a short spell with Elsevier developing online clinical decision-support tools, Emma then joined the Public Library of Science (PLOS), working as a Senior Editor, then Acting Deputy Editor on PLOS Medicine and a Senior Editor on PLOS ONE. She works for The BMJ as a freelance editor.

Competing interests

I declare that that I have read and understood BMJ policy on declarations of interest. I hereby declare the following interests, according to the policy.

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Personal financial interests

As a freelance editor, Emma also does paid editorial work for other publishing companies beyond The BMJ, and also for some medical charities. She does not take on paid work for any for-profit companies which may have an interest in the product(s) being evaluated and described in research papers (eg, pharmaceutical companies, device companies etc). From June 2017 she has acted as a freelance medical editor for the humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières; within the last few years she has also done paid work for the publishers Public Library of Science, BioMed Central, and eLife.

Organisational financial interests

Non-financial interests
Outside of freelance editorial and publishing work, Emma has an interest in health literacy and risk communication, particularly in relation to maternal and child health. She has previously acted as a maternity support volunteer (2014-2017) for a UK charity working in this area and helped contribute towards a published systematic review of breastfeeding support. She has also blogged informally on topics in relation to postnatal care, and was (2018-2020) an unpaid advisor to the group Maternity Outcomes Matter, which is a project developed by the Birth Trauma Association charity. During 2019 Emma acted as an advisor to the wrisk project ( which included paid travel and a small honorarium.

Unpaid positions (recent)