Instructions for Blog Authors

The BMJ Global Health Blog is the blog for the BMJ Global Health to discuss, debate and share thoughts and ideas regarding global health.

We welcome submissions for consideration. Your article should be clear, compelling, and appeal to our international readership of global health professionals. The best pieces make a single topical point. They are well argued with current or new insights. The word limit is a maximum of 800 words.

BMJ Global Health Blogs are read by global health professionals and this goes beyond clinicians and frontline healthcare workers. Please note that the writing style of opinion pieces is different from the journal or academic style of writing. We bear this in mind when considering whether to accept an article and as such overtly technical or dry language should be avoided.

References can be included where appropriate. If possible it is best to include the references as hyperlinks in the text. But where a URL cannot be provided then a traditional reference is fine.

We have to be careful not to libel anyone. Any potentially contentious articles are checked by our lawyer.

At BMJ Global Health Blogs we do not take articles which describe patients.

Please also send a high quality photo of yourself to go online with the article (optional).

Please read our policy on competing interests and add the appropriate statement from this document to your manuscript. For more information see

We also need a short biography of the author to put online with the article so that readers know who you are. It only needs to be a sentence or two long.


Submitting to BMJ Global Health Blogs

Once you have written a blog then please submit it to drsoumyadeepbhaumik [at] gmail [dot] com.  We encourage potential authors to also pitch blog ideas in 3-5 sentences specifically mentioning the idea for the blog before making a final submission. 

The submission is reviewed by our Associate Editor and if required, by other reviewer(s) or editor(s) with the recommendation to accept, reject or modify the submission.

On an average, please expect 3-5 working days from submission to first-decision and 1-2 working days from acceptance to publication. However, if it is an article of particular topical issue please request for fast-tracking. Please write “FAST TRACK” in the subject line when submitting such an entry. Fast-tracking is subject to editorial discretion.

Please note that all articles in BMJ Global Health Blogs is published under a CC-BY-NC licence and your submission automatically implies your agreement to the same.