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Sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes since 1840.

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The Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal established.

The same year Penny Black, the world's first postage stamp launched. The Journal was sent to all members of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association, forerunner of the BMA.

BMJ started out over 170 years ago as a medical journal, publishing articles on stillborn children, amputation at the shoulder and the climate of the Isle of Wight.

Now, as a values-driven company and global brand, we work with the vision of doing what we can to contribute to creating a 'healthier world'. We do this by helping medical organisations and clinicians tackle today’s most critical healthcare challenges. We publish the newest academic research for healthcare professionals who also improve the quality of healthcare delivery with the use of our clinical decision support tools. Meanwhile, students and practising healthcare professionals around the globe progress their careers with our e-learning modules and events.

Our expertise extends from publishing and medical education to clinical decision support and quality improvement to enhance day to day decision-making and healthcare delivery. However, our core objective remains unchanged. We continue to support medical professionals and institutions around the globe.


BMJ advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes.

We publish more than 60 medical and allied science journals. These include some of the most influential specialty journals in their field. Within the past 50 years, we have pioneered the migration to digital publishing and the development of open access.

Beyond publishing, the company’s offering has expanded towards medical education and the wider application of knowledge at the point of care.

In 2008, we responded to the growing demand for access to evidence-based reviews and support tools at the point of care.  

In 2016, BMJ Best Practice was shown in independent comparisons to deliver faster answers to diagnostic clinical questions.  Its guidelines have international coverage and can be localised to individual institutions.

As the medical landscape continues to be challenged by limited resources, funding and higher mortality rates, we work with our users and customers to provide the most relevant tools.

The evidence based knowledge, best practice, and learning support tools and resources that we produce help share the learnings and improve the decisions healthcare professionals make every day.

We also work to improve research standards, acceptance rates and outputs across institutions, organisations and countries. Our own technology platform conforms to industry standards and underpins these product websites and mobile delivery.

We are broadening and deepening our long-standing relationships with large healthcare organisations, clinicians, global health and government bodies around the world. We are actively engaging with organisations who want to collaborate with us to transform health outcomes. Once an international client base has been established, the possibility of cross-country knowledge sharing and data comparisons also start to emerge.

As a result, we now have offices in China, India and the US, where we are  rapidly increasing our headcount. These offices are reflective of the services we provide in the UK, but customised to fit the needs of local healthcare systems. Our reliable, responsive and flexible ways of working collaboratively with customers translate to better healthcare outcomes and understandings of specific issues. 

“As the rise in chronic diseases and ageing populations burdens healthcare systems, we continue to develop necessary tools and resources to support the ever-increasing demands on multidisciplinary care.”

With offices in Europe, Asia and North America, BMJ has the international reach to help create a healthier world.