Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
63 days*
Time from acceptance to publication:
18 days
Impact Factor (JCR):
2023 total content views:

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

Plan S compliance

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 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

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 Medicine and Hospice UK .
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Launch Date
Digital Archives
Indexed in
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 41%
Speed Time to first decision with review: 63 days (median) Time to first decision without review: 5 days (median) Time from acceptance to publication: 18 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor category: Health Care Sciences & Services Impact factor (JCR): 2.7 Impact Factor rank: 61/106 5 Year Impact Factor: 3.0 Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 0.71 Eigenfactor: 0.00485 Citescore: 5.3 Citescore rank: 83/309 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.66
Reach 2023 total content views: 175,692 2023 total Altmetric mentions: 2,520
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