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BMJ 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.

BMJ 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.

Editorial policy

BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine Copyright Author Licence Statement.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission or page charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

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

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.


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


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 BMJ 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


We run a dedicated blog site that analyses and discusses developments in evidence-based medicine. Blogs are written by our editors and editorial team and are overseen by the blog editor team.


The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate