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BMJ is a peer-reviewed medical journal. It is one of the world's oldest general medical journals and has been described as among the most prestigious. It was originally called the British Medical Journal. BMJ is offering 50 accounts to active medical editors.


  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download BMJ content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the BMJ website they are accessing.

Private and confidential information

  • By applying to the Program, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and BMJ. Wikipedia Library organizers contracted under the Wikimedia Foundation will abide by the Wikimedia Foundation privacy policy and associated confidentiality agreements. Volunteer representatives of the Wikipedia Library are neither employees nor contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation (or BMJ), but they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to BMJ resources, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted BMJ pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of BMJ, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Cite resources in line with the citation examples provided below or with the examples provided by BMJ
Note that citation styles vary by article; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as the citations are complete.


<ref>{{cite journal |last= Kmietowicz |first= Z |date= 11 June 2013 |title= Potential harms of type 2 diabetes drugs have been ignored, finds BMJ investigation |url= |journal= [[BMJ]] |page= f3782 |type= news article |pmid= 23757752 |doi= 10.1136/bmj.f3782 |accessdate= 2014-06-10 |subscription= yes}}</ref>

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  • Add yourself at the bottom of the list with a line starting with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. Example (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)) followed by an explanation of why you would like access to this resource. It is a good idea to include in your application text your editing areas benefited by access and examples of your commitment to content creation.
  1. Khabboos - I'm a medical doctor at a Government Hospital with an interest in complementary and alternative medicine and could use citations from the BMJ as references, not just on wikipedia, but elsewhere also (and promise to mention the source).—Khabboos (talk) 15:34, 24 June 2014 (UTC) Blocked due to sockpuppetry.
  2. Viswaprabha - I am an editor at various Wikipedias including en but predominantly on Indic Wikis(especially Access to this library will be much useful to me as I am in constant search for authentic references and citations pertaining to medical and bio-medical technology articles and other biological sciences apart from other topics. By profession, I am an experienced bio-medical engineer specialized in surgery, radiation physics, laboratory sciences, sterilisation and infection control, audiology, speech therapy, electrophysiology, forensic medicine etc. Thank you. ViswaPrabhaവിശ്വപ്രഭtalk 00:48, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
    @Viswaprabha: Can you give some examples of medical content you've worked on, either here or on another wiki? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:00, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  3. The Jolly Bard - Editor on nl:Wikipedia with an interest in various medical topics (among other things), close to 1,000 edits. BMJ has a lot of articles on neuroimmune diseases which I currently can't access. Regards, The Jolly Bard (talk) 15:23, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
    no Not approved User is blocked. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:00, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  4. DoctorJoeE (talk · contribs) I've been an active editor for almost eight years, and have created or substantially rewritten a large number of articles on a variety of subjects. Currently working principally on science and medicine, and expanding into medical/scientific biography; I don't have BMJ access, and it would be extremely useful. DoctorJoeE review transgressions/talk to me! 13:08, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
    @DoctorJoeE: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:58, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  5. Paulscrawl (talk · contribs) - 11 year editor, reviewer. Citation nut. Wikipedia coverage of evidence-based medicine (EBM) looks, in many instances I've reviewed, to be largely contributed by those with skin in this contentious game - at the least, most cites in many such articles are to primary sources, with little in the way of secondary sources to establish notability or offer critique. Peer review publication too often means press release and little more. This bloats article length and citation counts to no good effect. I'm looking to restore these articles to reasonable scale and NPOV (starting with historical overviews of the subfields and citations of secondary sources) and overall readability and usability by the general public. BMJ and their specialized journals in this field are simply unsurpassed resources in EBM and will be put to good use making Wikipedia's coverage truly encyclopedic. Thanks! Paulscrawl (talk) 22:53, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
    P.S. My scholarly intentions were made clear over a year ago on the Talk page of Evidence-based medicine - no objections to date. I've also updated Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, which could use reviews available on BMJ. In the meantime, I've been named a research coordinator for the Wikipedia Library and could use access to help other editors. Thanks again. -- Paulscrawl (talk) 17:06, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
    @Paulscrawl: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:58, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  6. Mdscottis (talk · contribs) I have a 'cure award'. General medical and sports medicine topics as they arise in interaction with family medicine residents and athletic trainers and students. Some contribution, some citation verification, improvement and re-writing. Some general flow, syntax, punctuation. Med School library does not have BMJ access and I note that it's subscriptions are being reduced. Thanks. Mdscottis (talk) 02:26, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
    no Not approved You are no longer actively editing - feel free to reapply if you return. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:00, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  7. Edison (talk · contribs) 49,000 edits since 2005, and 31 articles created. Im interested in the history of medical and surgical practice, and will use this i=as a source in improving the referencing of articles in these areas. Edison (talk) 00:57, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
    @Edison: Can you give some examples of medical content you've worked on, either here or on another wiki? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:00, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
    Some edits to medical articles since August 2014:effect of pupil responses on the electroretinogram: electrodes, Encephalization, [ Fibromyalgia, .php?title=Pet_cloning&diff=prev&oldid=663205969 Pet cloning, Nursing, Ice cream headache, Meningitis, Haemophilia, Endometriosis, Erotic electrostimulation, Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science:Ebola virus hardiness: overreaction, Talk:Ebola virus cases in the United States, Talk:Ebola virus cases in the United States, Ebola virus cases in the United States, Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science:Extraction of insulin from animal pancreas: from JSTOR Edison (talk) 13:31, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
    @Edison: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:15, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
  8. OppidumNissenae (talk · contribs)In 2013 I was one of the top 300 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. This is my: edit count; my interests are medical topics, I often quote BMJ articles, but BMJ has a lot of articles which I currently can't access. Thanks! OppidumNissenae (talk) 09:00, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
    @OppidumNissenae: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:58, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  9. drajay1976 (talk · contribs)I am an active wikipedian. In 2013, I was among the top 300 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia.--Drajay1976 (talk) 07:01, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
    @Drajay1976: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:58, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  10. Hippo99 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)/Hippo99 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)/Hippo99 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)/Hippo99 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email): I am a PhD student writing my thesis on prehistoric food intake. Access to full content would be highly facilitating research & referencing. I have been writing contributions on Wikipedia in German, Wikipedia in English, Wikipedia in French and on Wikipedia in Spanish since 2007 (My Statistics for reference).
    @Hippo99: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:58, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  11. Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs) I patrol recent changes to medical articles using Special:RecentChangesLinked/Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Lists of pages/Articles and write medical articles. I was in the 2013 top 20 editors of en.Wikipedia medical content. I'm on the board of Wiki Project Med Foundation.
    @Anthonyhcole: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:58, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
    Got it. Thanks Nikki. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 22:34, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  12. Aspro (talk · contribs) When I started in editing in 2006 I had a paid BMJ account for a few years to help find good references for medical articles but being retired I can't afford the annual fee. I came to WP originally, to contribute to mental health articles and the history of psychiatric institutions, so access to the BMJ archive would be invaluable. I spend a lot of time answering general non pacific queries on the Ref Desk.
    @Aspro: You don't have a valid email enabled, could you please do so? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:36, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
    Err whoops... Having received emails from WP & WF I didn’t realizes I hadn’t clicked on Enable email from other users in Preferences. Is this now OK? --Aspro (talk) 17:25, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
    @Aspro: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:41, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  13. Kashmiri (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I manage a patient organisation in one of orphan diseases and share a lot of research knowledge here on Wikipedia for the benefit of other patients. As our organisation is involved in research, I have edited numerous medicine-related articles, primarily in the area of neuromuscular disorders, both on en-wiki and (much less) pl-wiki. Unfortunately, we do not have any institutional subscription, and access of BMJ would help me to further update Wikipedia with medicine's new discoveries – properly sourced. Regards, kashmiri TALK 21:58, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
    @Kashmiri: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:03, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  14. jkokavec (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I'm an ophthalmologist and biomedical scientist and regularly contribute to articles on ophthalmology, vision science and molecular biology. I need full-text access in order to substantiate my contributions with the highest quality evidence available. Thank you, Jkokavec (talk) 01:42, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
    @Jkokavec: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:03, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  15. Patelurology2 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am active in medicine, health, aviation, history and alumni affairs of institutions I am associated with. Some certain original ideas come from my novice stage of usage of Wikipedia and editing; use of the BMJ resources will enhance my core strength i.e. medicine.Patelurology2 (talk) 12:16, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
    @Patelurology2: You haven't been very active lately - will you be able to make active use of this account? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:00, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  16. JzG (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Admin since Jan 2006, edit count in the top 500 or so. Interested in medical topics especially contentious and fringe areas, dealing with WP:FRINGE claims and lots of WP:MEDRS assessments. Member of Health Watch UK. I have had a few letters published in the BMJ but am not a subscriber (too expensive for me, a non-doctor). Guy (Help!) 22:19, 11 August 2015 (UTC)
    @JzG: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:03, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
    no Not approved per discussion at JzG's talk page. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:33, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  17. Johnbod (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Until earlier this year (as User:Wiki CRUK John) I was Wikipedian in Residence at Cancer Research UK, where among other things I took Pancreatic cancer to FA. Still involved in medical pages, recently Electronic cigarette. Johnbod (talk) 00:48, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
    @Johnbod: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:17, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  18. Everymorning (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I frequently edit medical articles, including, but not limited to, those listed at User:Everymorning/Interesting topics. For example, I have edited acupuncture over 100 times. Everymorning (talk) 19:37, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
    @Everymorning: Approved You have mail. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:14, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  19. BrianGroen (talk · contribs) I frequently edit Ebola medical articles and a few other medical articles. I have also created a few main Ebola Articles. I am a published author on Multiple Sclerosis. I have also been awarded the editor of the week for my contributions to Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. BrianGroen (talk) 08:22, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
    @BrianGroen: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:14, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  20. Gliu (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), registered in 2007, I'm constantly working on medical articles, which I usually support with lots of references (here is the last one). --Gliu 15:37, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    @Gliu: Other than Sega di Gigli|, can you please provide some examples of other medical articles you've edited in 2015? It appears you haven't been very active this year, except for September, and activity in the topic area is an important consideration. Atsme📞📧 21:20, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    I have over 1000 contribs in 2015, which is not much of course, but I can't check them all to look for medical edits. I can assure you that medicine is the topic I am best at, and I usually use a lot of references (this is recent too). If this has to be so complicated, never mind, I wouldn't have requested it if it wasn't for's best interest though. --Gliu 00:44, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
    Pending - Gliu, I've placed your request on hold pending further review of activity in the topic area. Hopefully it will allow you time to provide a few more examples. Atsme📞📧 18:51, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  21. The Hermes (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been on Wikipedia since 2006. After a break, I have come back post-retirement, to devote myself full-time to Wikipedia. I am fully convinced that Wikipedia is going to be the ultimate repository of all human knowledge and that post-retirement writing/editing on Wiki is going to be my best occupation. Access to this resource can enhance my work very much. The Hermes (talk) 14:44, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
    @The Hermes: welcome back! Would you be so kind as to provide a few samples demonstrating your need for access to BMJ, such as edits in the relevent field? Atsme📞📧 16:54, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
    no Not approved - did not demonstrate need. Atsme📞📧 17:42, 8 November 2015 (UTC)
  22. Kevin Gorman (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - hard to beat the BMJ in terms of quality of sourcing for medical articles. I had septic shock in January which severely interfered with my ability to edit for a significant period of time, and have only recently started editing again. In the past, I've edited a number of articles related to medical topics, as well as verified a significant number of USEP edits and helped out with Dr. Azzam's class at UCSF. In the near future, I intend to return to editing MEDRS topics - Marfan's syndrome needs a ton of work, Congenital_contractural_arachnodactyly needs a TON of work, and the connective tissue disease caused by Mothers_against_decapentaplegic_homolog_3 mutations doesn't have it's own article (and is grouped in with Loeys–Dietz_syndrome as type3, a mistake perpetuated in some medical literature, but not in any of the papers directly dealing with SMAD3 mutants.) Just to name a few things on my to-do list over the next few months once I can access enough sources to rewrite the articles properly :) Kevin Gorman (talk) 01:43, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Kevin Gorman: Approved You'll be receiving an email from me shortly with further instructions for access. Atsme📞📧 01:53, 2 November 2015 (UTC)


  1. cpt_ricard|Project=en - Multiple editor in multiple medical articles. I'd be able to do much more using full BMJ articles. Thanks! Cpt ricard (talk) 19:41, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
    cpt_ricard - to be eligible for access, please enable the email option in your user preferences. Atsme📞📧 06:53, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
    Done!Cpt ricard (talk) 03:53, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
    @Cpt ricard: Approved Keep an eye open for access instructions from BMJ coordinator. Atsme📞📧 17:11, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
  2. Ninjastrikers (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - I am a active wikipedian from Burmese Wikipedai and I would like to add and improve medical related articles on Burmese Wikipedia. NinjaStrikers «» 13:58, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
    @Ninjastrikers: I've sent you an email with directions. Let me know when you've completed that portion. Thanks! Atsme📞📧 18:08, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
    @Atsme: I've filled the email signup form. Thanks. NinjaStrikers «» 02:27, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
    @Ninjastrikers: Approved - please keep an eye out for access instructions from the BMJ coordinator. Atsme📞📧 14:22, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
  3. Pnapora (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Editor and administrator manly on Polish Wikipedia, editing and creating medical articles, received The Cure Award in 2013. --Pnapora (talk) 16:50, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
    @Pnapora: Approved - just sent an email to you. Atsme📞📧 18:27, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
  4. A.M.Z.A (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) For use in Medicine and Biology Articles A.M.Z.A Talk 11:16, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
    no Not approved User does not meet minimum requirements meets minimum requirements but does not adequately demonstrate a need for the resource.update 12:35, 23 December 2016 (UTC) Atsme📞📧 13:18, 22 December 2016 (UTC)


  1. SlimVirgin (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I've been working on a couple of medical articles recently and would appreciate access to this, if accounts are still available. Many thanks, SarahSV (talk) 02:23, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
    SlimVirgin fix ping 17:01, 16 March 2017 (UTC) Approved - sent you an email. Atsme📞📧 02:35, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
  2. Mramoeba (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I would like access for further research for project:addictions and recovery which is a project which is badly in need of being brought up to date with current research. Thanks for considering me. Mramoeba (talk) 22:53, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
    Mramoeba, Approved 07:01, 12 May 2017 (UTC) I sent you an email. Atsme📞📧 17:27, 8 May 2017 (UTC)