During these challenging and unprecedented times for the global communities as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate that many of our editors, editorial boards, reviewers and authors are being deployed in other areas, with different sets of responsibilities and challenges as they support their own health systems to care for patients.

We recognise that issues related to our journals will invariably take a back seat until this crisis ebbs as efforts are concentrated towards patient care. We will grant extensions to any author or reviewer as needed. If you are an author who has recently submitted a manuscript, please be patient as our review capacity may be drastically reduced.

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Sharing COVID-19 research


If your article contains research findings relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak, please be aware that BMJ has agreed to share those findings (which will include your contact details) with WHO for the purposes set out here (Sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak). This applies to all new and revised submissions from 20th April 2020. A copy of BMJ’s privacy policy can be found here.