Medical Humanities is a leading international journal that offers a platform not only for presenting, but also for shaping the conversation around medicine as practice and philosophy as it engages with humanities and arts, social sciences, health policy, medical education, patient experience and the public at large. We seek scholarly and critical submissions on subjects of interest, including: epidemics and disease, history of medicine, cultures of medicine, disability studies, gender and the body, communities in crisis, bioethics, and public health as they inform and are informed by the humanities.


Medical Humanities is co-owned by the Institute of Medical Ethics and BMJ.

Medical Humanities is provided as a membership benefit to members of the Association of Medical Humanities.

Journal statistics 2016

Acceptance rate 43% in 2016
Acceptance rate 40% in 2016
Time from submission to first decision 49 days
Time from acceptance to online publication 17 days
Frequency Quarterly
Impact Factor 6.557
Indexed by Medline, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents (Arts and Humanities), Scopus
Launch date 2000
Print ISSN 1468-215X
Online ISSN 1473-4265

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