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Happy birthday Student BMJ

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 01 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:0211398
  1. Anna Ellis, student editor, Student1,
  2. Richard Smith, editor2
  1. 1BMJ
  2. 2BMJ

Anna Ellis and Richard Smith reflect on the beginnings of the Student BMJ and look ahead to the next ten years.

The Student BMJ is 10 years old. There may be 20 000 biomedical journals, but none quite like the Student BMJ—lovingly known as “the BMJ on speed.” In this age of globalisation and the internet, the Student BMJ has the potential to reach out to students everywhere, and that is our vision for the journal—to do for all students what it has already done for British students. A 10th birthday seems like a good opportunity to review the journals past, present, and future.

The story began in the late 1980s, when the BMA decided that it would like to recruit more student members. Initially, the BMJ Publishing Group was unhappy with the proposal because of the high cost of sending the weekly BMJ to more people. But then the idea of creating a monthly journal especially for students was born. The group quickly turned from being doubtful to enthusiastic. It was a great opportunity to follow the Jesuit principle that if you can catch them young you have them for life.

The beauty of creating a new journal is that you can give people what they want—not what tradition dictates …

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