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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
  • Health systems and process innovations

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on submission and editorial policies for BMJ Innovations please refer to the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on planning your research through to submitting and promoting your research.

General guidelines

Submissions should be made through our online submission system. All submissions are subject to peer review and will only be published after peer review. Articles should not be under review by any other journal when submitted to BMJ Innovations. This includes other journals published by BMJ.

The word counts stated below exclude the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references. Supplementary material (e.g. additional tables, figures and text files) can be published online only and is not included in the word count.

If you are not a native English speaker there is a professional editing service available.

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.

Open access

Authors can choose to have their article published open access for a fee of £1100 (plus applicable VAT). This is optional; no payment is required to publish in BMJ Innovations.

In recognition of reviewers’ support, any reviewer that returns a full review on time can receive a 25% discount on the open access fee for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review.

Article types

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

BMJ journals are willing to consider publishing supplements. 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.
  • BMJ 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 BMJ supplement guidelines.

Plagiarism detection

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. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.