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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.

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,950 (plus applicable VAT). Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition for a fee of £250.

Submission to Medical Humanities implies that the work described has not been accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and does not duplicate material already published.

Peer review

Medical Humanities operates double-blind peer review which requires authors to submit an anonymous version of their manuscript file (to be uploaded as the Manuscript File including abstract).

This file should be anonymous and should NOT include:

  • Any author names (including file path in document footer)
  • Author institution details
  • Author contact details
  • Acknowledgements
  • Competing interests (if declared)
  • Ethics approval statements that refer to your institution
  • Please ensure tracked changes are switched off if previously used; this file will be automatically converted to PDF once uploaded through the online submission system and will be made available to the reviewers

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on submission and editorial policies for Medical Humanities please refer to the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on planning your research through to submitting and promoting your research.

Article types

Please review the below specifications of each article type and the required article lengths, illustrations and table limits, and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions, and references unless stated otherwise. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

Original research

Original research articles on all topics.

Word count: up to 9,000
Unstructured abstract: up to 250
Tables/Illustrations: up to 5
References: excluded in word count total

Brief reports

Brief reports are shorter original research articles.

Word count: up to 1,500
Unstructured abstract: up to 250
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: included in word count total

Letter (original research)

Letters are for more general comments concerning a specific development in medical humanities, or health policy.

Word count: up to 400
References: included in word count total

Educational case study (original research)

Educational case studies are for more brief descriptions of medical humanities educational initiatives.

Word count: up to 900
References: included in word count total

Review essay

Review essays are commissioned only longer reviews of one or more significant publications in medical humanities. Ideas for review essays should be discussed with the Editor in Chief.

Word count: up to 3,500
Abstract: up to 250
Illustrations: at editorial discretion
References: included in word count total

Current controversies

Current controversies highlight an issue of current controversy relevant to the delivery of healthcare, the formulation of public health policy, the experience of being ill and of caring for those who are ill.

Word count: up to 3,500
Abstract: up to 250
Tables/Illustrations: at editorial discretion
References: included in word count total

Debate

Debates include short comments on original research or current controversies; usually only published online.

Word count: up to 500
References: included in word count total

Student original research

Student original research articles are submitted by students only; extra support is provided around peer review feedback.

Word count: up to 5,000
Unstructured abstract: up to 250
Tables/Illustrations: up to 5
References: excluded in word count total

Book, film, and art reviews

Ideas for reviews should be discussed with the Editor in Chief.

Poetry or prose

Short patient, carer, or health care professional story or poem, most will be published online only some may be published in print at the editor’s discretion. Poems submitted from September 2016 will be made freely available online.

Word count: between 50 to 500
References: none

eLetter

eLetters are electronic responses to published Medical Humanities articles posted online. To submit an eLetter use the submit a response option in the content box menu seen in all abstract/extract, Full text and PDF views of a published article. All eLetters are subject to editorial approval.

Word count: up to 400
References: included in word count total

Supplements

Medical Humanities is willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. For more information on supplement proposal please see the BMJ Author Hub.