The BMJ ( before 1988, the British Medical Journal ) is a medical journal that is published by BMJ Group ( owned by the British Medical Association) in London. It has been published since 1840 ( at that time as Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal ) weekly in English. In 2007, the print run of 122,000 copies. According to ISI Web of Knowledge Factor was in 2012, the Impact at 17,215, which means that their magazine in the category of general and internal medicine in fourth place (out of 151 journals).


The journal publishes essays on evidence-based medicine, literature reviews as well as news on medical research as well as to the labor market and much more. Furthermore, special issues are published on specific topics such as health care in Africa.

Each issue is both free of charge online and in paper form available. The printed version is available in four different ways:

  • General Practice (General Practice)
  • Clinical Research ( Hospital Medicine )
  • International edition ( international)
  • Compact Edition ( former members)