Acceptance Rate


Time to first decision with review

33 days*

Impact Factor (JCR)


5 Year Impact Factor




2021 total content views


Aims and scope

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. 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.

For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

Postgraduate Medical Journal is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal Information

Ownership BMJ publishes Postgraduate Medical Journal on behalf of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1925
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN 1469-0756
Print ISSN 0032-5473

Journal Statistics (2021)

Acceptance rate: 17%

Days to first decision with review: 33 days (median)
Days to first decision without review: 5 days (median)
Days from acceptance to publication: 15 days (median)

Impact Factor category: Medical, General & Internal
Impact factor (JCR): 4.973
Impact factor rank: 54/172
5 year Impact Factor: 3.905
Journal Citation Indicator: 0.57
Eigenfactor: 0.00466
Citescore: 4.1
Citescore rank: 148/826
Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 0.71

2021 total content views: 2,991,953
2021 total Altmetric mentions: 2,300

The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure.

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