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Publishing your research study in the BMJ

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 17 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2433
  1. José G Merino, US clinical research editor
  1. 1BMJ, Washington, DC, USA
  1. jmerino{at}

We prioritize robust research that has the potential to impact on practice or health policy

The BMJ is a high impact international journal that publishes research from all specialties of medicine and is read by clinicians, researchers, and policy makers from around the world. We publish research that translates scientific discoveries into practical applications and helps doctors make better decisions in the clinic and in research, public health, and health policy settings. If your research is novel, ethical, and methodologically robust, and it deals with questions that are directly related to clinical care, public health, or healthcare policy, we invite you to submit it to the BMJ.1

To make better clinical and policy decisions, doctors and policy makers need information about risk factors for disease, the attributes of diagnostic tests, and the comparative effectiveness of different interventions (box). We value research that looks at outcomes that are relevant to patients and clinicians. We prioritize research studies that are “actionable” and may lead to changes in the way doctors advise and treat their patients. Negative studies contribute to the evidence base and are considered important if they are well designed and well executed, and if the results will help clinicians make treatment decisions. We are also interested in …

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