Aims and Scope

BMJ Leader is the official journal of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

BMJ Leader will be an international, peer-reviewed, continuous publication/quarterly subscription based journal that will publish articles in the field of healthcare leadership. With a focus on original research and reviews, the journal will be a place of discussion and debate for the many disciplines that make up leadership in the health services.

Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief – Professor Stephen Powis
Royal Free London
London, UK

Deputy Editor – James Mountford
Royal Free London
London, UK


The wider editorial team will be announced shortly.

Editorial Policies

BMJ Leader will be published continuously online and aims to operate a fast submission and review process, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. The Journal adheres to a rigorous and transparent peer review process and all papers will be considered on the basis of ethical and methodological soundness rather than their novelty, significance, or relevance to any particular audience.

Submissions should be made through the Journal’s online submission system, which is available here. Articles should not be under review by any other journal when submitted to BMJ Leader.

Article publishing charges

BMJ Leader is a subscription journal and all articles are free to publish. There is though the opportunity to publish an article Open Access too. BMJ Leader levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) for articles that are made Open Access that reflects the true cost of the services provided. The standard APC is GBP 1950; USD 3120; EUR 2730 (exclusive of VAT).

There are no submission or page charges, and no colour charges. Payment of the APC may be made online by credit card, or by bank transfer following receipt of an invoice.

Manuscript transfer

Your article will not automatically be transferred to BMJ Leader if rejected from another BMJ Journal; however, you can choose BMJ Leader as an alternative journal when submitting an article to any BMJ Journal; any reviewer comments will be shared, resulting in a reduced time to decision.

Manuscripts will be evaluated separately by the BMJ Leader editorial team, with different criteria for acceptance.

Data checks

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting

Data sharing

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to include a data sharing statement when submitting their article. The statement should explain which additional unpublished data from the study—if any—are available, to whom, and how these can be obtained.

At present there is no major repository for clinical data, but Dryad has declared its willingness to accept medical datasets. Authors can start the deposition process while submitting to any BMJ Journal. Dryad provides authors with a DOI for the dataset to aid citation and provide a permanent link to the data. Note that Dryad hosts data using a CC0 licence so authors should check that this is suitable for the data that they are depositing. The DataCite organisation has a growing list of other repositories for research data.

Submission policies

All articles will be subject to BMJ’s high standards of ethics and transparency. See the following links for general BMJ policies.

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.



  1. What are the benefits of publishing in BMJ Leader?
  2. How do I submit?
  3. My paper has just been rejected from another BMJ Journal – will it be automatically transferred to BMJ Leader?
  4. How do I subscribe?
  5. What is the time to publication?
  6. How is the article cited?
  7. How do I sign up to email alerts about articles published in BMJ Leader?
  8. Who do I contact if I would like more information about BMJ Leader?



  1. What are the benefits of publishing in BMJ Leader?

    • Rapid publication – all articles are subject to stringent peer-review and fast turnaround times, ensuring prompt publication through our continuous publication policy
    • Trusted international brand – BMJ Leader maintains the scientific and international reputation of BMJ
    • High readership visibility – hosting makes sure papers are noticed; exceptional articles are press released
  2. How do I submit?

    Manuscripts should be submitted via the BMJ Leader online manuscript submission site, which can be found here. If your article was previously submitted to another BMJ journal and was rejected, we will happily assist in transferring the files to the BMJ Leader site. Please email the editorial office at for help with this (note that the manuscript must not still be under consideration by any other journal).

  3. My paper has just been rejected from another BMJ Journal – will it be automatically transferred to BMJ Leader?

    Your article will not automatically be transferred to BMJ Leader if rejected from another BMJ Journal; however, you can choose BMJ Leader as an alternative journal when submitting your article.

  4. How do I subscribe?

    Information on rates and how to subscribe

  5. What is the time to publication?

    BMJ Leader aims to provide authors with a rapid peer review service. Continuous online publication ensures papers are published as soon as they are ready. All phases of the process can be tracked via our online systems.

  6. How is the article cited?

    BMJ Leader publishes online, though is assembled into issues and volumes; articles will be referenced by their unique article number (Digital Object Identifier or DOI) as opposed to a page number.

  7. How do I sign up to email alerts about articles published in BMJ Leader?

    You can subscribe to receive BMJ Leader email alerts. Options available for BMJ Leader are:

    • Electronic table of contents alerts
    • Alerts when an article is cited
    • Alerts if corrections are posted to a specific article
    • Alerts if a letter is published in response to an article

    You can also sign up for RSS feeds that will update you when new content is published.

  8. Who do I contact if I would like more information about BMJ Leader?

    For all queries please contact the editorial office at

Instructions for Authors

Submission policies

For guidelines on policy and submission across our journals, please click on the links below:

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.

The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references. If you are not a native English speaker and would like assistance with your article there is a professional editing service available.

When a paper has been submitted from the Editor, Deputy or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process. This also applies to any Associate Editors who are authors, in which instance the reviewing process is handled by the Editor in Chief.

Original Research

Original research papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.

Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.

Word count: up to 3500 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 8 tables and/or figures
References: up to 40


Reviews will be solicited by the Editor and are subjected to a review process.

Authors wishing to submit a review should seek the advice of the Editor in advance. The inclusion of additional material, e.g. video clips and sound files, and links to useful websites is strongly encouraged.

Word count: 5000 words maximum – bullet points encouraged
Tables/Illustrations: should not normally exceed 5
References: should not normally exceed 40.


BMJ Leader welcomes editorials. The purpose of an editorial is to provide a novel perspective on a clinically-relevant issue. We welcome suggestions for possible topics and authors.

Word count: 1500 words
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or figure
References: should not normally exceed 25.

Brief Reports

Topics suitable for presentation for brief reports include single case reports which illustrate important new phenomena, or reports of short, original research studies.

Word count: no more than 1500 words
Abstract: structured, 200 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to one of each
References: should not normally exceed 15.


Journals from BMJ are willing to consider publishing supplements. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJ Group itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible:

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).


BMJ advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes. Along with our world renowned flagship title, The BMJ, we offer over 60 specialty journals and a world-leading collection of digital professional development resources. Our unique digital tools help healthcare professional support decision and improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management is the professional home for medical leadership in the UK. The fundamental objective of the organisation is to raise the standard of patient care by improving medical leadership. FMLM promotes excellence in leadership on behalf of all doctors in public health, primary and secondary care, from medical students to medical directors, and for health care provider and advisory organisations across the UK. Further information is available on


Editorial office

BMJ Leader

BMA House

Tavistock Square

London, WC1H 9JR




Publishing team

Publishing Executive: James Smallbone



Associate Publisher: Claire Langford



Publisher: Allison Lang



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