Evidence-Based Medicine:

  • Publishes original evidence based research, insights and opinions on what matters for health care;
  • Focuses on the tools, methods, and concepts that are basic and central to practising evidence-based medicine.

Evidence-Based Medicine
believes that to make the best decision on how to deal with a manuscript authors should disclose any competing interests they may have. Authors must have no relevant financial ties to industry (companies that produce drugs, devices, or tests, or other companies that have an interest in the topic of the article). See here for more information on competing interests.

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Articles can be published online only as electronic pages to an issue, unless selected for print publication by the Editor in Chief. Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,950 (plus applicable VAT).

Submission to Evidence-Based Medicine 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.

Evidence-Based Medicine is willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. For more information on supplement proposal please see the BMJ Author Hub.

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on submission and editorial policies for Evidence-Based Medicine 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.


Editorials are commissioned only articles, and may be about commentaries or other articles published in EBM.

Word count: up to 1,000
Abstract: none
Tables/illustrations: none
References: up to 20

EBM opinion and debate

EBM opinion and debate articles express a point of view or opinion, highlight a current evidence-based medicine issue, or discuss hypotheses. Although citation and discussion of evidence is welcome, these articles generally do not include primary data.

Word count: up to 1,000
Abstract: none
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 20

Research methods and reporting

Research methods and reporting articles describe innovative research and educational methodologies or evaluations of training relevant to evidence-based medicine.

Word count: up to 2,500
Abstract:  up to 250 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 3
References: up to 50

EBM Learning

EBM Learning articles will focus on tools and concepts that are basic and central to teaching and practicing evidence-based medicine.

Word count: up to 1,500
Abstract:  up to 200 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 3
References: up to 20

EBM Analysis

The Analysis section is for submitted and invited articles that debate and discuss topical evidence-based issues that address clinical practice, research and policy. We are looking for articles that take a critical approach to assessing evidence and use empirical data to analyse the impact on individuals or populations and provide a worthwhile conclusion.

The evidence on which key statements are based and how it is sourced should be explicit and referenced, and the strength and quality of the evidence made clear.

We welcome boxes, tables, figures, illustrations, or web links that extend and substantiate points made in the article. Words in boxes and tables are excluded from the word count of the body of the text, but the additional material should be concise.

Word count: up to 2,500
Abstract:  none
Tables/illustrations: up to 3
References: up to 30

EBM Implementation

EBM implementation articles focus on the translation of evidence into action. Articles should focus on processes that include synthesis, dissemination and implementation of evidence to improve health care systems

Word count: up to 1,500
Abstract:  up to 200 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 20

Evidence synthesis

Evidence Synthesis answers clinical questions by systematically selecting, summarising, and synthesising study quality and results, and drawing conclusions about the answer to the question. They may include systematic reviews, meta-analyses and a variety of different review methods, such as qualitative reviews, realist synthesis and clinical study report reviews that relate to evidence synthesis. We also publish rapid reviews, of important public health questions in a time efficient manner.

Word count: up to 3,500
Abstract:  up to 250 words, structured: ‘Background’, ‘Objective’, ‘Study selection’, ‘Findings’, and ‘Conclusions’
Tables/illustrations: up to 3
References: up to 50

Original EBM research

Original research reports results of studies of the practice of evidence-based medicine (e.g. of the impact of implementing EBM practices such as providing evidence at the point of care, or of using evidence to make health decisions).

Word count: up to 3,500
Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 3
References: up to 50


Letters may be related to a recent commentary or article published in EBM, or may be relevant to evidence-based medicine practice, teaching or methodology. EBM also has an eLetter option for responding to content that appears in the journal; eLetters appear online only.

Word count: up to 400
Abstract: none
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 5

Commentary – on the research evidence that matters to clinical practice

Commentaries are commissioned only articles that summarise and critically appraise clinically relevant studies that appear in the peer reviewed literature. If you are interested in becoming a commentator for Evidence-Based Medicine please contact

Journal club

Journal Club articles are written by a group of authors, and should relate directly to an aspect of clinical care or practice. Journal Club articles should contain a bottom line, a summary of the evidence and a critical assessment of some aspect of the methods or the biases that affect the validity of the results and a summary box of any learning points, or critical methodological issues discussed as part of the Journal Club.

Authors should ensure that they obtain patient consent if a patient scenario is described in the article; unless the patient is anonymised sufficiently that they would not be able to recognise themselves if they were to read the article.

Word count: up to 800
Summary box: learning points and critical issues
Abstract: none
Tables/illustrations: none
References: up to 6


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