Acceptance rate


Time to first decision

41 days*

Time from acceptance to publication

23 days*

Impact Factor (JCR)




2020 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

Ownership 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
Frequency Quarterly
Launch Date 2011
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
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 blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 2045-435X
Online ISSN 2045-4368

Journal Statistics (2020)

Acceptance rate: 43%

Time to first decision: 41 days (mean)
Time from acceptance to publication: 23 days (mean)

Impact Factor category: Health Care Sciences & Services
Impact factor (JCR): 3.568
Impact Factor rank: 35/108
5 Year Impact Factor: 3.656
Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.07
Eigenfactor: 0.00418
Citescore: 4.8
Citescore rank: 72/238
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.779

2020 total content views: 154,917
2020 total Altmetric mentions: 3,130

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