Evidence-Based Medicine systematically searches a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for the validity of research. Content is critically appraised then the most clinically relevant articles are summarised into a succinct expert commentary focusing on the papers key findings and implications for clinical practice. Evidence-Based Medicine also publishes articles relevant to the study and practice of evidence-based medicine including Original Research and Reviews; submissions in these areas are subject to peer review.

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.

Commentaries 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.

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 1,200
References: up to 2


Perspectives are essays that 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 1,500
Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 20


Methods 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

Systematic review

Systematic reviews report on the answer to a clinical question by describing article selection, summarising and synthesising study quality and results, and drawing conclusions about the answer to the question.

Word count: up to 3,500
Abstract: up to 250 words, structured: ‘Background’, ‘Objective’, ‘Study selection’, ‘Findings’, and ‘Conclusions’
Tables/illustrations: up to 4
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 2,500
Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 3
References: up to 50

EBM primer

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

Word count: up to 1,200
Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 20

EBM round-up

EBM round-up articles are commissioned only and summarise evidence-based medicine relevant content that has been published elsewhere in the peer-reviewed literature.

Word count: up to 3,000
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 20


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 which appear online only.

Word count: up to 400
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 5

Resource review

Resource reviews summarise books and other media related to the teaching, practice and study of evidence-based medicine.

Word count: up to 700 words


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


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