Call for papers

Innovations that can reduce the impact of healthcare on the environment

Healthcare is one of the most polluting industries, responsible for nearly 5% of total global greenhouse gases and generating over a tonne of waste
per hospital bed each year. The COVID-19 pandemic has also greatly exacerbated the use of single-use plastics which have limited potential for

As we tackle the wider challenges of climate change the greater adoption of innovations that can tackle the impact of healthcare on the environment
are needed.

Kindly supported by our strategic partner the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), BMJ Innovations is planning a special supplement in April
2022 to showcase the innovations that can reduce the impact of healthcare on the environment.

We are accepting manuscripts across the following article types:

  • Original research
  • Early-stage innovation reports
  • Systematic and narrative reviews

You can find out more about the submission criteria for these article types here. Articles should be submitted through our normal submission system
selecting ‘Healthcare and the environment’ on the special issue menu within ScholarOne. The closing date for submissions is 5pm (GMT) 28th January.

We are also commissioning a small number of discussion papers and editorials. For these, we invite interested parties to submit a pre-submission
enquiry to