Intended for healthcare professionals


Submitting articles to the BMJ

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:492

We are now inviting all authors who want to submit a paper to the BMJ to do so via the web (

Benchpress is a website where authors deposit their manuscripts and editors go to read them and record their decisions. Reviewers' details are also held on the system, and when asked to review a paper reviewers will be invited to access the site to see the relevant paper. The system is secure, protected by passwords, so that authors see only their own papers and reviewers see only those they are meant to.

Anyone with an internet connection and a web browser can use the system.

The system provides all our guidance and forms and allows authors to suggest reviewers for their paper. Authors get an immediate acknowledgement that their submission has been received, and they can watch the progress of their manuscript. The record of their submission, including editors' and reviewers' reports, remains on the system for future reference.

The system itself offers extensive help, and the BMJ ‘s editorial office will help authors and reviewers if they get stuck.


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