- Debate & Analysis
- Clinical Intelligence - including Case reports
- Letters & Discussion
- Out of Hours - including Viewpoints, Other articles and essays, Personal views, Columnists, Reviews, Images
- Submit an article to BJGP
Articles in this section can be up to 1200 words with 12 references. They need to be a statement of a new idea or controversial matter, where the opinion being expressed is at least partly based on published evidence.
Unlike reviews, there is no obligation for authors of Debate & Analysis articles to be impartial in citing the available literature. An abstract is not required. These articles are usually peer reviewed by one external reviewer.
Clinical Intelligence includes summaries of guidelines, clinical updates, health technology assessments, and case reports: these articles may be commissioned or freely submitted. We are always interested in new ideas for this section and welcome suggestions for topics. Clinical Intelligence articles should be around 800–1000 words with no more than six references. Please include images where relevant. Potential authors should contact us at [email protected] before submitting an article. These articles are generally sent for external peer review to a single external reviewer with relevant expertise.
Case reports should describe a patient or patients with common diagnoses where the presentation or management has prompted a question likely to interest the BJGP readership, or an unusual presentation which raises more general issues of diagnosis and management.
Case reports should be approximately 800–1000 words in length, excluding references, and may include up to two photographic images. They should be structured to include an Introduction, which sets the scene and indicates the purpose of writing the article, the Case report itself, a Discussion, which draws out the key messages and points of interest, followed by references and a note on patient consent.
It is essential to obtain permission from any patients whose story is to be used as the basis for a case report and to maintain patient confidentiality. A signed statement of informed consent to publish (in print and online) patient descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees from all persons (parents or legal guardians for minors) who can be identified is required. Such persons should be offered the opportunity to see the manuscript before its submission.
These are statements of informed opinion and not short systematic reviews. Most are commissioned, often to accompany one or more Research articles on a related topic, but we also welcome unsolicited editorials.
Authors considering submitting an editorial should either contact the Editor via the BJGP office to discuss it, or submit it to [email protected]. We can then advise whether it is likely to be published and whether anyone else is already working on the topic.
Editorials should be up to 1200 words in length and have no more than 12 references. We are happy to hear from authors with suggestions for topics to cover in an editorial. Editorials may be sent for external peer review.
The BJGP publishes Letters online and in print. Letters for the print issue should be no more than 350 words. Information is available at Letters & Discussion
We want to ensure that there is a place in the BJGP’s pages for articles which reflect that general practice touches on all aspects of life. We publish a range of articles in Out of Hours and potential contributors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this section of the journal. Do not feel the need to be constrained by the requirements of standard scientific writing; it is more important to be readable and engaging.
These are, as the name suggests, personal opinions on topics relevant to primary care. Some are commissioned, but spontaneous offerings are particularly welcome. We welcome forthright expressions of opinion. Articles should be around 650 words with up to five references (but do not feel compelled to reference unless pertinent).
Viewpoints should have an original slant and must be topical, though we welcome every standpoint. Do not feel the need to be constrained by the requirements of standard scientific writing. Viewpoints may be peer reviewed openly to ensure factual accuracy, and may be edited, but not to alter the message.
Other articles and essays
We welcome articles and essays on significant topics. Speculation, hypothesising, and debunking are encouraged. We welcome the eclectic, the international, and the polemical. Most articles published in this section of the journal are 600-750 words long. We do publish longer essays on occasions and, generally, these should be around 1500-1600 words long with no more than 12 references. Submissions may be subject to open peer review.
BJGP publishes a number of regular columnists and we rotate from time to time. We issue calls for new columnists periodically.
We welcome reviews of almost anything from academe, through art, theatre, film, opera and architecture, to soap opera. The BJGP also welcomes and may commission reviews of books relevant – though often only loosely – to general practice. We are very receptive to suggestions from readers and will be pleased to advise on suitability and the word count required. Most of our books reviews are around 300-350 words long but we will, occasionally, publish longer reviews of article length.
Words and images
We only publish poetry occasionally, and we are keen to promote adventurous photography.
It is essential to obtain permission from any patients whose story is to be used as a basis for an article. A signed statement of informed consent to publish (in print and online) is required. Such persons should be offered the opportunity to see the manuscript before its submission.
Submit your article via the BJGP submission system: BJGP Allentrack. When you register, make sure you enter your email address correctly, otherwise we’ll have no way of contacting you. If your email address changes, remember to update your profile.