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Explore our journals in public health






Acceptance rate: 22%

Time to first decision: 12 days

Citescore: 5.5

Journal Impact Factor: 5.558

JIF Rank (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health): 27/203 

Acceptance rate: 10%

Time to first decision: 14 days

Citescore: 1.8




Acceptance rate: 56%

Time to first decision: 96 days

Citescore: 1.1


Acceptance rate: 40%

Time to first decision: 59 days

Citescore: 3.7

Journal Impact Factor: 2.692

JIF Rank (Medical, General & Internal): 64/169

Acceptance rate: 10%

Time to first decision: 20 days

Citescore: 6.3

Journal Impact Factor: 3.71

JIF Rank (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health): 61/203






Acceptance rate: 43%

Time to first decision: 41 days

Citescore: 4.8

Journal Impact Factor: 3.568

JIF Rank (Health Care Sciences & Services): 35/108

Acceptance rate: 22%

Time to first decision: 23 days

Citescore: 3.7

Journal Impact Factor: 2.399

JIF Rank (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health): 90/176

Acceptance rate: 26%

Time to first decision: 27 days

Citescore: 10.9

Journal Impact Factor: 7.552

JIF Rank (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health): 13/203

Acceptance rate: 7%

Time to first decision: 13 days

Citescore: 9.0

Journal Impact Factor: 7.035

JIF Rank (Health Policy & Services):      2/88

Acceptance rate: 21%

Time to first decision: 24 days

Citescore: 6.8

Journal Impact Factor: 4.402

JIF Rank (Public, Environmental & Occupational Health): 43/203

Public health: 2021 open access highlights

Most read open access articles published in 2021:

Our open access content received 7 times more views than other content.


Top mentioned open access articles in the press last year:

Cross-sectional associations of housework with cognitive, physical and sensorimotor functions in younger and older community-dwelling adults: the Yishun Study



Concordance with urgent referral guidelines in patients presenting with any of six ‘alarm’ features of possible cancer: a retrospective cohort study using linked primary care records



Impact of cuts to local government spending on Sure Start children’s centres on childhood obesity in England



Evaluating the impact of menthol cigarette bans on cessation and smoking behaviours in Canada



We should not dismiss the possibility of eradicating COVID-19: comparisons with smallpox and polio


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Introducing our latest open access journals

BMJ Medicine is a new international open access, multispecialty journal that seeks to promote multidisciplinary collaboration through encouraging scientific debate, and exchange of new knowledge and ideas to improve the health of patients and the public. Closely aligned with The BMJ, BMJ Medicine prioritises high impact research, specialist reviews, and diverse research methods papers with the potential to improve clinical practice, policy, and medical science.

BMJ Oncology is a new BMJ journal that will optimize cancer patient care and improve outcomes. An open access, online format supports the global reach and impact of BMJ Oncology content. The journal invites oncology experts to submit high-quality original research and review papers. Publishing consideration will be extended to papers that provide sound science across the broad spectrum of cancer research, investigation, treatment and practice.

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