Medical Humanities is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical humanities. Medical Humanities aims to encourage a high academic standard for this evolving and developing subject and to enhance professional and public discussion. It features articles on various aspects of the delivery of healthcare and the formulation of public health policy relevant to health care professionals, humanities and arts scholars, social scientists and policy-makers, medical educators, and patients.


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

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Journal statistics 2015

Acceptance rate

43% for Original Research

Instant Reject Rate

49% for all papers, receiving a decision within 1-3 days

Time from Submission to First Decision

50 days

Time from Submission to Final Decision

11 weeks

Time from Acceptance to Publication

18 days (online)



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Medline, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents (Arts and Humanities), Scopus

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