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Thursday 29 July 2021

BMJ continues to drive open access to medical research with new multispecialty journal

Global healthcare knowledge provider, BMJ, continues to drive open access to medical research with new multispecialty journal, BMJ Medicine

BMJ Medicine's mission is to create a healthier world through the publication of influential multispecialty medical research, reviews, and commentary, which have the potential to change practice or policy and improve public health and patient outcomes.

Fully launching in October 2021, BMJ Medicine will promote multidisciplinary discussion and debate suited to a broad international scientific and clinical readership. 

In a world where people live longer with more complex comorbidities and where social determinants of health are leading to greater disparity in health outcomes, BMJ Medicine will create opportunities for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary conversations, and work in partnership with patients and the public to improve health.  

Closely aligned with BMJ's flagship journal, The BMJ, BMJ Medicine will adopt the values, editorial standards and author service for which The BMJ is renowned. It will offer a trusted open access home for multispecialty research, including research based on new and emergent methodologies. 

BMJ Medicine will also publish articles on topical issues in statistics and research methods and reporting and in depth specialist reviews that focus on mechanisms of disease and the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances. 

At BMJ, we are committed to partnering with patients and the public. We believe this is the only way to ensure that medical journals are relevant, practical, and clinically impactful. BMJ Medicine will promote co-production of research and educational content, and articles will be reviewed by patients alongside traditional peer review. We will also work closely with The BMJ's patient editor team and the broader patient community to continually develop our policies, processes and content. 

Find out more about the journal in BMJ Medicine's inaugural editorial published in The BMJ: Introducing BMJ Medicine 

BMJ Medicine Editor-in-Chief, Dr Sophie Cook, commented: 

"It's an exciting time as we prepare to launch BMJ Medicine later this year. Closely aligned with The BMJ, BMJ Medicine will provide an important space for multidisciplinary discussion and debate. It will be of interest to readers around the world and will adopt the same values, high editorial standards and great author service for which The BMJ is renowned."

BMJ Medicine: bmjmedicine.bmj.com

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Notes to Editors:

About Dr Sophie Cook, BMJ Medicine Editor-in-Chief
Sophie qualified as a physician and worked in the UK as a general practitioner. She has 12 years of experience as a research and clinical editor at The BMJ. In 2009, Sophie joined the journal as an editorial registrar before becoming a clinical editor and subsequently head of education. In the latter role, she was in charge of clinical reviews and implementing The BMJ's "zero tolerance" policy on relevant financial conflicts of interest for educational content.

In 2017, Sophie became the journal's UK research editor. In 2019 moved to be head of scholarly comment, where she ran the analysis section of The BMJ and provided senior oversight for editorials, rapid responses and letters. 

In 2021, Sophie took on the role of Editor-in-Chief for BMJ Medicine. Whilst Sophie's clinical interests are broad, she has a particular interest in and passion for improving the health of women and children, the effects of climate on health, promoting sustainable healthcare, and the impact of social determinants of health. Editorially, Sophie advocates equality and diversity in research and publication, minimising conflicts of interest, and promoting partnership with patients and the public. 

About The BMJ
One of the world's top five most cited general medical journals, since 1840, The BMJ has built a reputation for challenging inadequate, unethical or outdated practice. Today, it is ranked as one of the world's four most cited general medical journals. It is published alongside more than 60 journals by the global healthcare knowledge provider, BMJ. 

About BMJ
As a global healthcare knowledge provider, BMJ publishes one of the world's top four most cited general medical journals, The BMJ, and over 60 specialty journals. The organisation also offers digital professional development courses and clinical decision support tools to help health professionals improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Explore more about BMJ: bmj.com/company

For further information please contact BMJ media relations team:
mediarelations@bmj.com / +44 (0)20 3655 5021, +44 (0)20 3655 5023 or +44 (0)20 3655 5433

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