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Fiona Godlee

Fiona Godlee is the Editor in Chief of The BMJ.

She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. She has written and lectured on a broad range of issues, including health and the environment, the ethics of academic publishing, evidence based medicine, access to clinical trial data, research integrity, open access publishing, patient partnership, conflict of interest, and overdiagnosis and overtreatment. After joining The BMJ as an assistant editor in 1990, she moved in 2000 to help establish the open access publisher BioMedCentral as its founding Editorial Director for Medicine. In 2003 she returned to BMJ to lead its Knowledge division and was appointed Editor in Chief of The BMJ in March 2005.

Fiona is honorary professor at the Netherlands School for Primary Care Research (CaRe), honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, and a by-fellow of King’s College Cambridge. She is on the advisory or executive boards of the Health Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute (, Alltrials (, the Peer Review Congress (, the International Forum for Quality and Safety and Healthcare (, Evidence Live (, Preventing Overdiagnosis (, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change ( and the Climate and Health Council. She was a Harkness Fellow (1994-5), President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) (1998-2000), Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (2003-5), and PPA Editor of the Year (2014). Fiona is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences.

She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

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Competing interests

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

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In addition to my salary, I am eligible for an annual senior management bonus, which is based on my performance as editor in chief of The BMJ and editorial director of BMJ, and on the performance of the journal and the publishing company.

BMJ is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BMA. Its revenues come from subscriptions, product and classified advertising, sponsorship, rights and licensing, reprint sales, and open access fees. A declaration of income from product advertising, commercial sponsorship, and reprint sales can be found here

Unpaid positions (current)
I am on the Board and Executive committee of the Climate and Health Council ( and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (
I am honorary professor at the Netherlands School for Primary Care Research (
I am a senior visiting lecturer at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health ( and a By-Fellow of King's College Cambridge
I am on the scientific advisory board of the healthcare improvement research institute in Cambridge
Member of the advisory group for the NHS Net Zero project, 2020 - present
Member of the advisory board of Vivli (, 2020 - present