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The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps aims to publish high quality research, reviews and case reports, as well as other invited articles, which pertain to the practice of military medicine in its broadest sense. It welcomes material from all ranks, corps and services, wherever they serve, as well as submissions from outwith the military. It is intended not only to propagate current knowledge and expertise but also to act as an institutional memory for the practice of medicine within the military.

The journal publishes a variety of article types, some of which are generally invited submissions from the Editorial Board. Suggestions for topics and authors are welcome. Authors who feel they could contribute an article to an ongoing series are asked to contact the Editor.

Editorial policy

The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps Copyright Author Licence Statement.

Editorial decisions

The Editorial Board understands that the requirements of the Journal’s readership differ across specialties and settings and this guides the Board’s decisions on acceptance. The aim is to provide a broad mix of articles of educational value and interest to all members of the Defence Medical Services, as well as an international medical audience. Submission of work previously presented at a meeting or published as an abstract is acceptable if this is declared on submission. The Editor in Chief reserves the right to edit submissions into house style without further discussion with the author(s). The Editor cannot enter into correspondence about papers rejected for publication, and the Editor’s decision in these matters is final.

Peer review

The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps operates blind peer review which requires authors to submit an anonymous version of their manuscript, with a separate cover page, as two files. All submissions are reviewed by at least one reviewer. If there is uncertainty about acceptance after review, papers are reviewed by the editors.

Anonymised manuscript

This should be free from:

  • Any author names, institution or contact details
  • Acknowledgements
  • Declarations of interest
  • Statements of ethical approval that refer to your institution

The anonymised file will be automatically converted to PDF once uploaded through the online submission system (ScholarOne) and will be made available to the reviewers.

Cover Page

This must include:

  • Author names
  • Institution details
  • Contact details
  • Keywords

Security clearance

All regular and reservist UK military authors require permission to publish in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, prior to submission. Defence Medical Services (DMS) authors require a CC1 form (Permission to Communicate with the Media and Public: Annex B) signed and completed prior to submission.

Guidance for the submission by DMS authors is given in JSP 950 Part 1 Lft 1-2-3 (V1.1) dated May 2016 entitled “PROCEDURE FOR DMS PERSONNEL TO OBTAIN CLEARANCE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC”. DMS CC1 forms can be obtained from and should be submitted to SG-DMed-MedD-GpMailbox{at} or OpsMan.Research{at}

Authors must include the completed CC1 form including appropriate signatures as a supplementary information file with their submission. Any incomplete CC1 forms will be returned to the author for further action without the submission being sent for peer review.

Non-DMS authors should seek clearance through their own chains of command prior to submission, with recognition that further clearance through the DMS chain may be required in certain cases.

Only clearance of papers submitted by non-UK military authors will be arranged by the journal.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.


Concept: editorials are written or commissioned by the editors, but suggestions for possible topics and authors are welcome.

Word count: maximum of 1500 words
Illustrations and tables: at editorial discretion
References: maximum of 20

Personal view

Concept: personal views seek to examine potentially controversial areas of military medicine and stimulate debate.

Word count: maximum of 2000 words
Illustrations and tables: no more than 3 unless agreed with the editor in advance
References: maximum of 20
Key messages: a separate section containing 4-6 sentences, each of no more than 25 words, should describe the key points to the reader

Original article

Concept: such articles aim to increase the knowledge within the medical literature. Additional information over the word count may be placed on the web site as a data supplement and referenced within the body of the text. Ethics committee approval should be included in the methods section when subject participation occurs.

Structured abstract: maximum of 250 words. This should be structured into: introduction, methods, results and conclusions
Word count: maximum of 3000 words (excluding references and abstract)
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 6 combined. Images should not be composite images and should be each an individual picture or diagram.
References: maximum of 25
Key messages: a separate section containing 4-6 sentences, each of no more than 25 words, should describe the key points to the reader.

Review article

Concept: review articles provide concise, in-depth reviews of established and new areas relevant to the practice of Military Medicine.

J R Army Med Corps will expect a ‘Methods’ section in review articles that explains the process of literature identification, retrieval and appraisal. Additional information may be placed on the website as online-only supplementary material.

Structured abstract: maximum of 250 words. This should be structured into: introduction, methods, results and conclusions.
Word count: maximum of 3000 words (excluding references and abstract).
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 6 combined.
References: although there is no maximum in this regard, restraint is advised and references that exceed 60 in number would be unusual.
Key messages: a separate section containing 4-6 sentences, each of no more than 25 words, should describe the key points to the reader.

Images in clinical practice

Images in clinical practice should be one or two high-quality images with clinical relevance, accompanied by 200 words and two references. Lateral thinking is encouraged in choosing images, but authors should be familiar and comply with BMJ patient consent policy.

Case report

Concept: case reports should seek to educate rather than just fascinate. The case report should contain an unstructured abstract, a pertinent literature review and have a demonstrable educational value. Case reports written by junior doctors are particularly welcomed. Reporting of identifiable cases, either by descriptive text or images should be accompanied by a signed consent form.

Abstract: maximum of 150 words. It does not need to be structured
Word count: 1200 words
Illustrations and tables: maximum of 2 combined
References: maximum of 15


Letters are welcomed by the Editor and should not exceed 500 words or contain more than three references. Letters in response to articles published in JRAMC are welcome and should be submitted electronically via the website.

If you are writing a letter specifically in response to an paper published in JRAMC then the author should find that paper on the website and click on the “eLetters: Submit a response to this article” link.

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be shown to those authors, where appropriate. Submissions of all letters are reviewed by the editor in chief.

Consensus statement

The journal is keen to publish consensus statements from working groups on subjects relevant to military health in its widest sense. The words ‘consensus statement’ should precede the title. A Delphi approach is recommended but not essential.

Word count: 2000 words maximum.
References: 20 references maximum.

Footnotes and end pieces

The journal, on occasion, publishes original articles of historical note that are relevant to the practice of military medicine in its widest sense. These typically comprise one or two high-quality images illustrating an interesting clinical or military medical phenomenon, or an historical vignette.

The editor will review every such submission personally and reserves the right to reject the article without review, should it not be deemed relevant to the readership.

Word count: 1000 words maximum.
References: 10 references maximum.


The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. 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 BMJPG 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.

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

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