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A new

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7333
  1. David Payne, editor,
  2. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
  1. dpayne{at}

How to make the most of the redesigned BMJ website

The BMJ has redesigned its website. We hope you like it. The new continues the tradition of digital innovation that began in May 1995 when we became the first general medical journal to launch itself into cyberspace.

Our redesign began almost two years ago with a survey of 28 000 users. We asked them how they use our site, and we asked them to highlight the improvements they would like to see. (A recent article explains some of the background: BMJ 2011;343:d6933. doi:10.1136/bmj.d6933.)

It soon became apparent that we would have to move to new web publishing software. We chose Drupal, a platform used by many other journals, magazines, and newspapers. Drupal is an open source solution, maintained and developed by a community of more than 630 000 users and developers. This collaborative ethos was a good ideological fit for the BMJ and our co-development partners at HighWire Press, the digital publishing arm of the Stanford University Libraries. HighWire has hosted …

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