Focus and Scope

The British Paramedic Journal is committed to publishing high-quality research and increasing the evidence-base for the paramedic profession. As such, the scope of the journal is specific to topics that directly relate to paramedic practice both in the UK and internationally.


The British Paramedic Journal is owned and funded by the The College of Paramedics; the recognised professional body for paramedics and the ambulance profession in the UK.

Journal information

Publication Model Subscription with open access option. Free access for College of Paramedics members. All articles open access after 12 months
Frequency Quarterly
Launch date 2016
Digital Archive  
Indexed by PubMed Central, CINAHL Complete, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Double blind
Online ISSN 1478-4726

Open Access Policy

Whilst the BPJ believes in the open access principles, as a College of Paramedics member benefit, it reserves the right to restrict access to members only for the first 12 months after publication. However, in certain circumstances, the authors may request that the article be made open access, and thus immediately available to everyone, including non-members.

In order to share learning, the editor may choose to make an article open access on publication, based solely on merit. Irrespective of this, after 12 months following publication, all articles will be made open access.

Articles that are not chosen to be made open access by the Editor can be made so by the payment of an open access article publication charge (APC). However, since all submitted research is judged entirely on its importance, originality, quality, and relevance, it would not be appropriate for authors who submit a manuscript for consideration to offer a payment prior to the article being published. This will ensure that editors and reviewers do not know whether an author wishes to pay the open access APC prior to acceptance for publication. A request to make an APC payment should only be made once the submission has been accepted for publication, and administrative staff (and not editorial staff) will handle payments and associated correspondence. The publication fee will be £1200 (£1000+VAT) for each accepted article.

Archiving Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post accepted (but not copy-edited) versions of their submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.

Archiving of submissions to the journal is permitted. You can choose from two options:

  1. Immediate archiving of the accepted (but non-copy-edited) manuscript
  2. Archiving of the final typeset PDF version of an accepted manuscript provided it is subjected to a 12-month embargo.

In both cases, a bibliographical reference to the journal must be made.

Note that if the submission is made open-access at time of publication, then the final typeset PDF can be archived and made available immediately.


Thanks to funding from the College of Paramedics, the British Paramedic Journal does not include any form of advertising. In addition, we do not undertake any direct marketing to solicit submission of manuscripts.
Page last updated: 14th March, 2024