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Being a student adviser to the Student BMJ

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 01 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:0211433
  1. Helen Barratt, fourth year medical student1
  1. 1Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London

Helen Barratt, one of our experienced advisers, gives her personal perspective

Have you ever wondered how each issue of the studentBMJ comes into being? Who decides what articles are included? If I submit an article, what are the chances that it will be accepted?

Just 18 months ago, this was all a mystery to me. I read every issue, but the workings of the journal were shrouded in intrigue. The Student BMJ just appeared on my doorstep each month. Since then I've become a student adviser and now I'm one of the team that helps make the decisions about what goes in and what doesn't.

A full time student editor, who has taken a year out from their studies, runs the journal from the BMJ's offices. To ensure a strong student voice, the Student BMJ also has a team of about 30 advisers from all over the United Kingdom and the world, who are at every stage of …

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