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.

Publication Frequency

The British Paramedic Journal is a quarterly publication.

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 £1000 for each accepted article.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to journals are privileged communications that are authors’ private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript’s details.

Reviewers therefore should keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. Reviewers must not publicly discuss authors’ work and must not appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.

Reviewers are expected to respond promptly to requests to review and to submit reviews within the time agreed. Reviewers’ comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists.

Each article submission will typically be sent to two or three reviewers for consideration. Anonymised comments from reviewers will be provided to the author to assist in revision of the submission, if required.