Aims and scope

Published quarterly in print and continuously online, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care aims to connect many disciplines and specialties throughout the world by providing high quality, clinically relevant research, reviews, comment, information and news of international importance.

We hold an inclusive view of supportive and palliative care research and we are able to call on expertise to critique the whole range of methodologies within the subject, including those working in transitional research, clinical trials, epidemiology, behavioural sciences, ethics and health service research. Articles with relevance to clinical practice and clinical service development will be considered for publication.

In an international context, many different categories of clinician and healthcare workers do clinical work associated with palliative medicine, specialist or generalist palliative care, supportive care, psychosocial-oncology and end of life care. We wish to engage many specialties, not only those traditionally associated with supportive and palliative care. We hope to extend the readership to doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and researchers in medical and surgical specialties, including but not limited to cardiology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, paediatrics, primary care, psychiatry, psychology, renal medicine, respiratory medicine.

The content of the four print editions a year will feature a selection of the online journal, and will include original research of an international standard, focused editorial comment as well as important systematic reviews. A news section, updated regularly, with rapid publication of correspondence on newsworthy topics will appear online, alongside columns, short reports and opinion pieces. Critiques of current practice and examination of new guidelines will also be a regular feature of the journal as well as a digest of important publications on supportive and palliative care issues from other journals.


BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care is owned by BMJ and is an official journal of the Association for Palliative Medicine, Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative MedicineHospice UK and Palliative Care Research Society.

Journal statistics

Frequency Quarterly
Launch Date 2011
ISSN 2045-4368
Online ISSN 2045-435X
Acceptance Rate for Original Research 47% for original research in 2016
Time to Submission to First Decision 61 days
Time to Acceptance to Publication 12 days (online)
8 months (print)
Impact Factor Forthcoming
Indexed in Index Medicus (Medline), Embase & Scopus

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