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Mission

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 a peer reviewed journal with a double-blind submission policy.

Medical Humanities is an official journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics.

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.

All articles must engage with current scholarship and will be rigorously peer reviewed.

Original research

Original research articles on all topics. We seek scholarly and critical work engaging with current literature in the field of medical humanities as an interdisciplinary field of study. Areas of interest include but are not limited to bioethics, history, sociology, anthropology, praxis and the arts as relates to health and humanities.

Word count: 5,000-9,000
Unstructured abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 5
References: excluded in word count total

Commentary

A commentary may respond to an issue as a whole, as is the case for thematic issue commentaries, or as a specific comment upon an article or series of articles, a debate topic, or a trend in the journal.

Word count: up to 1,500
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. We welcome different viewpoints on the same subject and encourage dialogue.

Word count: up to 3500
Abstract: up to 250
Tables/Illustrations: at editorial discretion
References: included in word count total

Review Essay

Review essays are by commission only. These longer reviews consider significant current (or engaged with and compared to current) publications in medical humanities as a researched essay. Ideas for review essays should be discussed with the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission to the online system.

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

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.

Special Issues

Medical Humanities will consider external proposals for themed or special issues to be published in the journal. If you are interested in submitting an idea for a special issue, please read the Special Issue Guidelines first. For more information on Special issues, or to put forward a proposal, please contact Robyn Taylor, who will be able to provide you with further details.

Blog Submissions

The MH Blog provides a platform for sharing the work of the journal, for promoting articles, providing book reviews, and also for showcasing current or unfolding issues in medical humanities. The blog open to guest submissions on a range of topics and submissions categories within the field of medical humanities. For more details, visit the blog.