Intended for healthcare professionals

Resources for subscribers

Originally launched in 1995, The BMJ's website contains all The BMJ's content back to 1840. All research articles in the archive are free; to access the remaining content, a subscription is required.

Accessing content at The BMJ

All visitors to

have access to:
• Original research: from 1840 to current issue, all original research articles are free on (non-research articles in the archive require a subscription)
• Extracts of 150 words, where available, for articles
• Current Editor’s Choice
• All interactive features (rapid responses, blogs, polls, and podcasts)

Don't have access to:
• Archived content – all non-research articles from 1840 to current issue require a subscription

Subscribers/BMA members:

in addition get access to:
• All archive content from the current issue back to 1840

If you are a subscriber, activate your subscription here.

If you are a BMA member, register for FREE access at the BMA website.

Currently The BMJ offers subscriptions on a personal user, single institution, and consortia institutional basis. You can subscribe to both print and online, or online only.

Find out more about each of these subscription options and how to subscribe, activate and manage your subscription at this link.

Find out more about each of our individual print editions on our Resources for Readers pages.

Individual article purchases

All subscription only articles are available to buy individually from the site. If you are not a subscriber and want to view an article, select the full-text option to view the article. Select Buy the article.


Reprints of any article in The BMJ can be ordered from the article page, by selecting the request permissions link from the menu to the left of an article. For more information read our permissions page. Reprints requests for articles older than 1994 or for requests of over 500 copies can be made by directly contacting our permissions team at

The BMJ and sBMJ ISSNs


1756-1833 The BMJ (online) updated daily at Contains full versions of all The BMJ's articles (research, news, education, comment).

The complete, authentic, and citable version of The BMJ is, and only this version contains the full and complete journal content.

Other editions, such as The BMJ clinical research, The BMJ general practice and The BMJ academic edition, contain only an incomplete selection of the content.

There are three weekly printed editions of The BMJ. The editorial content of all these editions is identical; the main difference is the advertisements.

0959-8138: The BMJ clinical research edition includes a BMJ Careers section specifically aimed at hospital doctors.
0959-8154: The BMJ general practice edition includes a BMJ Careers section aimed at GPs.
1759-2151: The BMJ is available for retired members of the BMA.
2057 - 0066: The BMJ academic edition, published monthly it includes primarily research and education content of interest to an international academic readership.

BMJ Student

BMJ Student is a section of The BMJ that publishes new content online for medical students at throughout the year, and is also available as a yearly print edition.

0966-6494: Student BMJ (print).

BMJ Student was formerly published as a stand-alone journal under the following ISSN.
1752-069X: Student BMJ (online).
New BMJ Student content will be under the existing ISSN for The BMJ.