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Announcing New Collection in BMC Medical Education - Medical Education in China: Trends and Future Directions

We are pleased to announce an upcoming Collection for BMC Medical Education focused on new developments and research in medical education in China. Submissions will be invited on topics such as: 

  • Student and Trainee Selection
  • Curriculum Innovation
  • Assessment, Online and Workplace Based
  • Technology Enabled Learning 
  • Teaching and Assessment of Professionalism
  • Interprofessional and Service Learning 

We welcome all article types, the submission guidelines can be found here.

Edited by: Professor Dianne Manning, Professor Bo Qu, Professor Wendy Hu, assisted by Dr Yaxin Zhu 

Featured articles

Taking care of our future doctors: a service evaluation of a medical student mental health service

Medical students benefit from timely specialist mental health input, showing improvements in mental well-being and improved functioning.

Medical students as health coaches: adding value for patients and students

Empowering patients in real-world settings can help develop students’ professional identity, mindset and skills, facilitating health behaviour changes.

Read our highly accessed articles

New Content ItemThe relationship between learning styles and academic performance in TURKISH physiotherapy students

New Content ItemTraining to reduce LGBTQ-related bias among medical, nursing, and dental students and providers: a systematic review
New Content ItemEntrustable professional activity 7: opportunities to collaborate on evidence-based medicine teaching and assessment of medical students


  1. Authors: Martin Dawes, William Summerskill, Paul Glasziou, Antonino Cartabellotta, Janet Martin, Kevork Hopayian, Franz Porzsolt, Amanda Burls and James Osborne

    Content type: Debate

Aims and scope

BMC Medical Education is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the training of healthcare professionals, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education. The journal has a special focus on curriculum development, evaluations of performance, assessment of training needs and evidence-based medicine.


  • Kelda Manser-Smith, BioMed Central, UK

Assistant Editor

Black Lives Matter

A collection of books, journal articles and magazine content that amplifies Black voices and the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Sigrid Harendza, Section Editor

Sigrid Harendza is professor for internal medicine and educational research at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Sigrid joined the BMC Medical Education Editorial Board in 2013.

Data Support Services pilot

Authors submitting to this journal can opt to use a new service that will make it easier to share research data.

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Announcing the launch of In Review

BMC Medical Education, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    92 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    62 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    201 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    1.831 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.235 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.526 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.831 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    1,966 Altmetric mentions