The Medical Journal of Australia

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The Medical Journal of Australia  
Edited byProfessor Nicholas Talley
Publication details
Publication history
Australasian Medical Publishing Company (Australia)
Standard abbreviations
Med. J. Aust.
ISSN0025-729X (print)
1326-5377 (web)

The Medical Journal of Australia is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 22 times a year. It is the official journal of the Australian Medical Association, published by the Australasian Medical Publishing Company.

The journal publishes editorials, original research, guideline summaries, narrative reviews, perspectives, medical education, reflections and letters.[1] The full text of every issue since January 2002 is available online.[2]


The journal has had several titles over the years:[3]

  • Australian Medical Journal (1856–1895)
  • Intercolonial Quarterly Journal of Medicine and Surgery (1895–1896)
  • Intercolonial Medical Journal of Australasia (1896–1909)
  • Australian Medical Journal (1910–1914)
  • Medical Journal of Australia (1914–present)

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2017 impact factor of 4.227.[4]


In 2015, then editor-in-chief Stephen Leeder was suddenly removed after criticizing the decision to outsource production of the journal to the global publishing giant Elsevier.[5] Leerder's concerns revolved around an incident in 2009 when Elsevier accepted payments from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. to publish journals such as the Australasian Journal of Bone & Joint Medicine, which had the appearance of peer-reviewed academic works but were in fact promoting Merck.[6][7][8][9]

All but one of the journal's editorial advisory committee resigned following the decision to sack Leeder, and wrote to Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler asking him to review the decision.[10][11]

Nicholas Talley succeeded Stephen Leeder as editor-in-chief.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MJA instructions for authors - types of articles published by the MJA | The Medical Journal of Australia". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  2. ^ "Information about the Medical Journal of Australia". Australasian Medical Publishing Company. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  3. ^ "Resord of the Australian Medical Journal from 1869". University of Melbourne University Library. 1869.
  4. ^ "The Medical Journal of Australia". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2018.
  5. ^ "Backlash over decision by Australia's top medical journal to outsource to company with history of 'unethical' behaviour". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2015-05-01.
  6. ^ Rout, Milanda (2009-04-09). "Doctors signed Merck's Vioxx studies". The Australian. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  7. ^ Grant, Bob (2009-04-30). "Merck published fake journal". The Scientist. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  8. ^ Mcinerney, Marie. "Medical Journal of Australia editor sacked over opposition to Elsevier outsourcing". British Medical Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  9. ^ Davey, Melissa. "Backlash over Stephen Leeder sacking puts Medical Journal of Australia in peril". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Medical journal editor sacked and editorial committee resigns". Sydney Morning Herald. 2015-05-04.
  11. ^ "Medical Journal of Australia will be shunned by researchers after editor sacked, academic says". The Guardian. 2015-05-04.
  12. ^ "Med journal's 'integrity secure'". The Australian. Retrieved 2019-01-29.[dead link]

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