Aims and scope

BMJ Quality & Safety provides a rich mix of news, opinion, debate and research for academics, clinicians, healthcare managers and policy makers. It encourages the science of improvement, debate, and new thinking on improving the quality of healthcare. The journal is led by a patient-focused editorial team with a view towards helping all team members improve their knowledge with the overall goal of improving patient care. The journal integrates the academic and clinical aspects of quality and safety in healthcare by encouraging academics to create evidence and knowledge valued by clinicians and clinicians to value using evidence and knowledge to improve quality.


BMJ Quality & Safety is co-owned by the Health Foundation and BMJ.

Journal statistics

Acceptance rate

8% for original research submitted in 2016

Time from submission to first decision

16 days for reviewed original articles

Time from acceptance to publication

15 days (online)
62 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 BMJ Q&S Online


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BMJ Quality & Safety is an official journal of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

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BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.

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