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Student BMJ was launched as a print journal in 1992 with the aim of publishing articles for medical students, and is compiled by a full-time student editor, who takes a year out from medical school. International expert authors and students work together to explain how to read research papers, provide practical careers advice, and put theory into practice both in print and online.
The current student editor is Katherine Bettany who works together with the current senior editor of BMJ.
Most of the articles are written by medical students and are submitted rather than commissioned. Student BMJ comprises News, Editorials, Life (a range of articles including debates, ethics, art, history, politics, and student experiences), Careers, Education, Picture quizzes, Research explained (a student friendly appraisal of a BMJ research paper), Views and reviews, and Eyespy (short, quirky medical stories).
Although it is a student journal, it functions as any other medical journal. Articles are peer reviewed by students from all over the world. The journal receives about 50 submissions each month. A decision is made to accept a manuscript or not within eight weeks on average. Only a handful of the submissions are finally accepted.
Impact and awards
The editorial team writes a monthly email alert called 5 Minutes for Students, with short summaries of articles and other services from the BMJ Group. The site also has a native iPhone app, which currently has five different categories in the main interface and allows bookmarking of articles.
Former student editors
The following persons have been student editor of the journal:
- 2013-2014 Katherine Bettany
- 2012-2013 Isobel Weinberg
- 2011-2012 Neil Chanchlani
- 2010-2011 Oliver Ellis
- 2009-2010 Prizzi Zarsadias
- 2008-2009 Jessie Colquhoun
- 2007-2008 Hugh Ip
- 2006-2007 Balaji Ravichandran
- 2005-2006 Tiago Villanueva/Klaus Morales
- 2003-2005 Deborah Cohen
- 2002-2003 Anna Ellis
- 2001-2002 Navin Chohan
- 2000-2001 Jason O'Neale Roach
- 1999-2000 Siân Knight
- 1998-1999 Simon Kirwin
- 1997-1998 Jessica Buchan (Westall)
- 1996-1997 Pritpal Tamber
- 1992-1996 Luisa Dillner