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BMJ Innovations aims to promote innovative research which creates new, cost effective medical devices, technologies, processes and systems that improve patient care, with particular focus on the needs of patients, physicians, and the health care industry as a whole and act as a platform to catalyse and seed more innovations. The journal has a diverse readership that may include designers, physicians, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, public health workers, nurses, policy makers and others involved in using innovative ways to solve healthcare challenges.

This journal focuses on innovations in five broad areas: Medical devices; mHealth and wearable health technologies, Assistive technologies, Health IT and Health systems and process innovations

Editorial policy

BMJ Innovations adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately.

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 Innovations  Copyright Author Licence Statement.

As the author you may wish to post your article in a PrePrint service, institutional or subject repository or a scientific social sharing network. For more information on author self archiving and rights to reuse content – which are dependent on the licence you have obtained – please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page.


Peer review

Articles submitted to BMJ Innovations are subject to peer review. The journal operates single blind peer review whereby the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author; this is the traditional method of reviewing and is the most common. When a paper has been submitted from the Editor or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process.  For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – your papers journey.

BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer-review process in research publication; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.

BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,100 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.

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 and promoting your paper.

Original research

Original research papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.

Authors should be aware that the journal has a diverse readership that may include designers, physicians, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, public
health workers, nurses, policy makers and others involved in using innovative ways to solve healthcare challenges. The abstract should be written in plain English for a varied audience, avoiding the use of technical terms and specialist acronyms.

Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.

Authors are encouraged to submit figures and images in colour as there are no colour charges.

When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to choose which of the journal’s five key themes most closely relates to the topic of your article. Your paper will be published under this section heading on the journal’s table of contents. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to assist in the identification of suitable reviewers.

Word count: up to 3000 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 6 tables and/or figures
References: up to 50

Reviews

Reviews are balanced accounts of all aspects of a particular subject including the pros and cons of any contentious or uncertain aspect. Although these are usually commissioned, authors are invited to discuss possible topics directly with the Editor-in-Chief.

Word count: up to 3000 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 6 tables and/or figures
References: up to 5

Editorials

The aim of an Editorial is to stimulate thought (often with more questions than answers) rather than review the subject exhaustively. Editorials are often linked to one or more articles published in the same issue. Personal opinion and comment are perfectly legitimate since the Editorial is not anonymous, though of course such opinion needs to be reasonable and backed up by appropriate evidence.

Word count: up to 1200-1500 words
Illustrations/Tables: maximum 2 tables and/or figures
References: up to 30

Commentaries

The aim of a commentary is to communicate personal opinions and interpretation of available scientific data within a certain area.

Word count: up to 1200-1500 words
Illustrations/Tables: maximum 2 tables and/or figures
References: up to 30


Video features

A picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a million pictures. Processes, products or ideas are sometimes best captured and transmitted using videos. We would encourage original (and preferably professionally produced) video for conveying to the audience a very strong message. A short text summary of up to 250 words should be submitted to accompany the video.

Video files are preferred in .WMF or .AVI formats, but can also be supplied as .FLV, .Mov, and .MP4. The journal can recommend video editing services (for which a fee would be payable). Authors are encouraged to submit raw footage as well as the final edited video.

If your video file is too large to submit via our online submission system, or if you wish to enquire about video editing services, please contact the info.innovations@bmj.com

Rapid responses and online comments

Letters in response to articles published in BMJ Innovations are welcomed and should be submitted electronically as eLetters via the journal’s website. Contributors should go to the abstract or full text of the article in question. In the right hand column on the article webpage is a section entitled ‘Responses’. Click on ’Submit a response’ and complete the online form.

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be reviewed by the editor and shown to the authors of the original article, when appropriate.

Supplements

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