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BMJ Military Health publishes high quality research, reviews and other invited articles, which pertain to the practice of military medicine in its broadest sense. It welcomes submissions from both civilian and military authors. It is intended not only to propagate current knowledge and expertise but also to act as an institutional memory for the practice of health within the military for years to come.

The journal publishes a variety of article types, some of which are generally invited submissions from the Editorial Board. Suggestions for topics and authors are welcome. Authors who feel they could contribute an article to an ongoing series are asked to contact the Editor.


Editorial policy

BMJ Military Health 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.


Copyright and authors’ rights

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 Military Health Copyright Author Licence Statement.

When publishing in BMJ Military Health, authors choose between three licence types – exclusive licence granted to BMJ, CC-BY-NC and CC-BY (Creative Commons open access licences require payment of an article processing charge).

As an author you may wish to post your article in an institutional or subject repository, or on a scientific social sharing network. You may also link your published article to your preprint (if applicable). What you can do with your article, without seeking permission, depends on the licence you have chosen and the version of your article. Please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page for more information.


Preprints

Preprints foster openness, accessibility and collaboration by allowing authors to make their findings immediately available to the research community and receive feedback on an article before it is submitted to a journal for formal publication.

BMJ fully supports and encourages the archiving of preprints in any recognised, not-for-profit server such as medRxiv. BMJ does not consider the posting of an article in a dedicated preprint repository to be prior publication.

Preprints are reports of work that have not been peer-reviewed; Preprints should therefore not be used to guide clinical practice, health-related behaviour or health policy. For more information, please refer to our Preprint policy page.

Editorial decisions

The Editorial Board understands that the requirements of the Journal’s readership differ across specialties and settings and this guides the Board’s decisions on acceptance. The aim is to provide a broad mix of articles of educational value and interest to all members of the Defence Medical Services, as well as an international medical audience. Submission of work previously presented at a meeting or published as an abstract is acceptable if this is declared on submission. The Editor in Chief reserves the right to edit submissions into house style without further discussion with the author(s). The Editor cannot enter into correspondence about papers rejected for publication, and the Editor’s decision in these matters is final.

Peer review

BMJ Military Health operates blind peer review which requires authors to submit an anonymous version of their manuscript, with a separate cover page, as two files. All submissions are reviewed by at least one reviewer. If there is uncertainty about acceptance after review, papers are reviewed by the editors. For more information on the peer review process, please consult the BMJ Author Hub – the peer review process.

Anonymised manuscript

This should be free from:

  • Any author names, institution or contact details
  • Acknowledgements
  • Declarations of interest
  • Statements of ethical approval that refer to your institution

The anonymised file will be automatically converted to PDF once uploaded through the online submission system (ScholarOne) and will be made available to the reviewers.

Cover Page

This must include:

  • Author names
  • Institution details
  • Contact details
  • Keywords

Data sharing

The BMJ Military Health adheres to BMJ’s Tier 2 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. We also require data from clinical trials to be made available upon reasonable request. To adhere to ICMJE guidelines, we require that a data sharing plan must be included with trial registration for clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after 1st January 2019. Changes to the plan must be noted in the Data Availability Statement and updated in the registry record. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page.

ORCID

Articles are published under an exclusive licence or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown employees or where BMJ has agreed CC BY applies. For US Federal Government officers or employees acting as part of their official duties, the terms are as stated in accordance with our licence terms. Authors or their employers retain copyright. Open access articles can be reused under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the [BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine] Author Licence for the applicable Creative Commons licences. More information on copyright and authors’ rights.

Article processing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 2,300 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure 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. Title pages should be uploaded as a separate file under the designation “supplementary file for Editor’s only”.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process. You may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.

We encourage authors who wish to submit a case report to submit to the images in clinical practice article type.

Editorial

Concept: editorials are written or commissioned by the editors, but suggestions for possible topics and authors are welcome.

Word count: maximum of 1500 words
Illustrations and tables: at editorial discretion
References: maximum of 20

Personal view

Concept: such articles seek to examine new or potentially controversial areas of military medicine and stimulate debate. The opinions provided should not necessarily reflect official policy, although it is recommended that authors state this at the end of the article.

Word count: maximum of 2000 words.
Abstract: maximum of 250 words.
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 6 combined. Images should not be composite images and should be each an individual picture or diagram.
References: maximum of 30.

Original research

Concept: such articles aim to increase the knowledge within the medical literature. Additional information over the word count may be placed on the web site as a data supplement and referenced within the body of the text. All original research papers should include an ethics statement within the methods section.

Structured abstract: maximum of 250 words. This should be structured into: introduction, methods, results and conclusions
Word count: maximum of 3000 words (excluding references and abstract)
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 6 combined. Images should not be composite images and should be each an individual picture or diagram.
References: maximum of 25
Key messages: a separate section containing 4-6 sentences, each of no more than 25 words, should describe the key points to the reader.

Invited review

Concept: the editor will invite authors to submit review articles of established and new areas relevant to the practice of Military Medicine. Such reviews must be evidence based and those more of an opinion in nature should be submitted as a ‘personal view’ type article instead.

Abstract: maximum of 250 words.
Word count: maximum of 3000 words (excluding references and abstract).
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 6 combined.
References: maximum of 30.
Key messages: a separate section containing 4-6 sentences, each of no more than 25 words, should describe the key points to the reader.

Systematic review

Concept: such articles should establish answers to specific questions relevant to the practice of Military Medicine. In doing so authors should make critical appraisal of the review findings and recommend directions for future research.

Methods section: in accordance with BMJ policy, all systematic reviews must conform to PRISMA guidelines. Additional information may be placed on the website as online-only supplementary material.
Structured abstract: maximum of 250 words. This should be structured into: introduction,methods, results and conclusions.
Word count: maximum of 3000 words (excluding references and abstract).
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 6 combined.
References: although there is no maximum in this regard, restraint is advised and references that exceed 60 in number would be unusual.
Key messages: a separate section containing 4-6 sentences, each of no more than 25 words, should describe the key points to the reader.

Images in clinical practice

Concept: such articles are a more contemporary manner of demonstrating interesting clinical cases. Authors who wish to submit a case report should submit it as images in clinical practice..

Abstract: none.
Word count: maximum of 400 words.
Images: submissions should include a maximum of two high-quality images with clinical relevance.
References: a maximum of 10 references.
Consent: submissions must comply with BMJ patient consent policy.

Letter

Letters are welcomed by the Editor and should not exceed 500 words or contain more than three references. Letters in response to articles published in BMJ Military Health are welcome and should be submitted electronically via the website.

If you are writing a letter specifically in response to an paper published in BMJ Military Health then the author should find that paper on the website and click on the “eLetters: Submit a response to this article” link.

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be shown to those authors, where appropriate. Submissions of all letters are reviewed by the editor in chief.

Consensus statement

The journal is keen to publish consensus statements from working groups on subjects relevant to military health in its widest sense. The words ‘consensus statement’ should precede the title. A Delphi approach is recommended but not essential.

Word count: 2000 words maximum.
References: 20 references maximum.

Footnotes and end pieces

The journal, on occasion, publishes original articles of historical note that are relevant to the practice of military medicine in its widest sense. These typically comprise one or two high-quality images illustrating an interesting clinical or military medical phenomenon, or an historical vignette.

The editor will review every such submission personally and reserves the right to reject the article without review, should it not be deemed relevant to the readership.

Word count: 1000 words maximum.
References: 10 references maximum.


Supplements and special editions

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