Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
57 days*
Time from acceptance to publication:
19 days*
Impact factor (JCR):
2023 total content views:

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 Open Quality is a companion journal to BMJ Quality & Safety. For information about BMJ Quality & Safety’s Editors in Chief Professor Bryony Dean Franklin, Dr Eric Thomas and their editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

BMJ Quality & Safety 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.


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

Journal information

BMJ Quality & Safety is co-owned by BMJ and the Health Foundation
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index; Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Social and Behavioural Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Triple anonymised; the handling editor, reviewer and author are anonymous to each other
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2024

Acceptance rate: 9%
Speed Time to first decision with review: 61 days (median) Time to first decision without review: 3 days (median) Time from acceptance to publication: 19 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor category: Health Care Sciences & Services Impact Factor (JCR): 5.6 Impact Factor rank: 10/174 Health care; 4/118 Health Policy 5 year Impact Factor: 6.2 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.71 Eigenfactor: 0.00974 Citescore: 9.8 Citescore rank: 16/310 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.512
Reach 2023 total content views: 660,180 2023 total Altmetric mentions: 5,376
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. How we get these metrics

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