BMJ (company)

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Parent companyBritish Medical Association
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesMedical journals
Nonfiction topicsMedicine
No. of employees480

BMJ (branded as BMJ Group until 2013)[1] is a provider of journals, clinical decision support, events and medical education. The company, legally the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association. Established in 1840 with the publication of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal (later the first edition of the British Medical Journal), it is now a fully commercial organisation with about 550 staff and offices in several locations around the world.

The company's products and services also extend to offer rights and licensing, targeted advertising and sponsorship opportunities for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, recruiters, and the general medical community.

BMJ major publications[edit]

  • 1840: Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal (later renamed the British Medical Journal) first published
  • 1847: James Simpson uses the journal to publicise chloroform, which paved the way for modern anaesthetic techniques
  • 1867: Joseph Lister publishes his introduction to the concept of antiseptic in wound healing[2]
  • 1950: Richard Doll publishes his discovery of the link between tobacco consumption and lung cancer[3]
  • 1958: Alice Stewart publishes her study of the risks of low-level radiation[4]
  • 1995: First website

BMJ campaigns[edit]

  • 1865-71: Baby farming - BMJ was largely responsible for the Infant Life Protection Act of 1872, directed against the lucrative practice of baby farming. The BMJ led a series of exposures which forced an inquiry into the state of London's work-house infirmaries.[5]
  • 2009: Tamiflu and open data campaign - A Cochrane review and BMJ Investigation into the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu sparked a worldwide campaign for access to hidden clinical trial data
  • 2011: MMR investigation - A series of BMJ Investigations about the MMR vaccine scare led a BMJ editorial to conclude that the 1998 Lancet paper that started the scare was "an elaborate fraud".
  • 2013: The Patient revolution - The BMJ launched an initiative to champion partnerships between doctors and patients in healthcare and research.
  • 2014: The BMJ journal was awarded the coveted "Patients Included" badge; the first medical journal to receive it.

Online publishing[edit]

  • 1995: The BMJ was the first general medical journal to be available online.
  • 1998: The BMJ online was publishing the free full text of all The BMJ articles.
  • 2005: Hybrid business model for online access. The BMJ kept research content open access but started to charge for non-research content (news and editorials). It introduced author fees in 2010.
  • 2011: BMJ Open launched as an online, author-pays, open access journal.
  • 2014: BMJ makes its integrated clinical audit software available to healthcare providers in the UK.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BMJ unveils new brand and positioning". InPublishing. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ Lister, J (1893). "Sir Joseph Lister on the Antiseptic Management of Wounds". BMJ. 1 (1677): 379. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.1677.379. PMC 2402647.
  3. ^ Sir Richard Peto FrS and Dame Valerie Beral FrS. The Royal Society. "Sir Richard Doll CH OBE: Biography" 2010; 10.1098/rsbm.2010.0019 Archived 2015-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Mole, RH (May 1982). "Hanford radiation study". Br J Ind Med. 39 (2): 200–2. doi:10.1136/oem.39.2.200. PMC 1008976. PMID 7066239.
  5. ^ Taylor, J. (24 June 1871). "Baby farming". BMJ. 1 (547): 676. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.547.676-a. S2CID 220176070.