Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
92 days*
Time from acceptance to publication:
28 days*
Total content views:
Total Altmetric mentions:

Aims and scope

BMJ Public Health is an international, open access and peer-reviewed journal of public health. We publish work related to all aspects of public health, from global issues such as the impact of climate change on population health, to studies conducted in specific locations. Underpinning the journal is BMJ's primary purpose: to share knowledge and expertise that improve health outcomes through better evidence, better decisions and better systems. BMJ Public Health will work with the public health community, at all levels, to publish rigorous qualitative and quantitative research and analysis to drive evidence-based public health policy and practice.  The journal welcomes submissions on a range of topics, including health policy,  health systems, gender issues in health, mental and behavioural health, digital health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, chronic diseases and disease outbreaks. We also welcome submissions that focus on the social determinants of health and well-being, including nutrition, socio-economic status, health literacy, physical activity, and the environment using a broad range of methods from the social and biomedical sciences.

Editorial Board

For information about the BMJ Public Health editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Journal information

Publication Model
BMJ Public Health is owned by BMJ.
Publication Model
Open access
Continuous online publication
Launch date
Digital Archives
Peer review model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 21%
Speed Time to first decision with review: 92 days (median) Time to first decision without review: 3 days (median) Time from acceptance to publication: 28 days (median)
Reach Total content views: 10,229 Total Altmetric mentions: 655
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