Aims and scope

The Postgraduate Medical Journal is a peer reviewed journal published on behalf of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The journal aims to support junior doctors and their teachers and contribute to the continuing professional development of all doctors by publishing papers on a wide range of topics relevant to the practicing clinician and teacher. Papers published in PMJ include those that focus on core competencies; that describe current practice and new developments in all branches of medicine; that describe relevance and impact of translational research on clinical practice; that provide background relevant to examinations; and papers on medical education and medical education research. The PMJ supports CPD by providing the opportunity for doctors to publish many types of articles including original clinical research; reviews; quality improvement reports; editorials, and correspondence on clinical matters.


BMJ publishes Postgraduate Medical Journal on behalf of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.

Journal statistics

Acceptance rate

25% for original research submitted in 2016

Time from submission to first decision

24 days

Time from acceptance to publication

17 days(online)
4 days (print)



Impact Factor


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Index Medicus (Medline), ISI Current Contents (Web of Science), Excerpta Medica (Embase)

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ISSN of PMJ Online


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