Acceptance Rate


Time to first decision

28 days*

Time from acceptance to publication

25 days*

Impact Factor (JCR)


2020 total content views


2020 total Altmetric mentions


Aims and scope

The Emergency Medicine Journal is a leading international journal reporting developments and advances in emergency medicine and acute care. It has relevance to all specialties involved in the management of emergencies in the hospital and prehospital environment. Each issue contains editorials, reviews, original research, evidence based reviews, letters and more.

For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

The Emergency Medicine Journal 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.

Journal information

Ownership EMJ is co-owned by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and BMJ. For more information please refer to the Affiliations section below
Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1983
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Extended; Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINHAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 1472-0205
Online ISSN 1472-0213

Journal Statistics (2020)

Acceptance rate: 18%

Days to first decision: 28 days (mean)
Days from acceptance to publication: 25 days (mean)

Impact Factor category: Emergency Medicine
Impact Factor (JCR): 2.794
Impact Factor rank (JCR): 11/32
5 Year Impact Factor: 3.155
Journal Citation Indicator: 1.26
Eigenfactor: 0.00701
Citescore: 3.4
Citescore rank: 17/80
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.708

2020 total content views: 2,029,710
2020 total Altmetric mentions: 3,977

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.

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