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Frontline Gastroenterology publishes articles that accelerate adoption of innovative and best practice in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. Frontline Gastroenterology is especially interested in articles on multidisciplinary research and care, focusing on both retrospective assessments of novel models of care as well as putative future directions of best practice. Specifically Frontline Gastroenterology publishes articles in the domains of clinical quality, patient experience, service provision and medical education.

Editorial policy

Frontline Gastroenterology adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the Frontline Gastroenterology Copyright Author Licence Statement.

Manuscript transfer

BMJ and the British Society of Gastroenterology have a facility for transferring manuscripts among their gastroenterology and hepatology journals. Authors submitting to the flagship journal Gut can choose Frontline Gastroenterology or BMJ Open Gastroenterology as an ‘alternate journal’.  

Once authors agree for their manuscript to be transferred to another BMJ journal, all versions of the manuscript, any supplementary files and peer review comments will automatically be transferred on the author’s behalf. Please note that there is no guarantee of acceptance. Contact the editorial team for more information or assistance.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,000 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors).  British Society of Gastroenterology receive a discounted fee of 750 GBP. Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition – instead of the default option of black and white – for 250 GBP. There are no submission, page or online-only colour figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.

Original Research

Original research includes controlled trials, intervention studies, audits, quality assurance studies and innovations in service delivery (such as a change in process or skill mix profile that achieves measurable improvements in patient outcomes and/or costs).

Authors should also complete a short summary ‘box’ after the abstract indicating the significance of this study using the below headings:

      1. What is already known about this subject?
      2. What are the new findings?
      3. How might it impact on clinical practice in the foreseeable future?

Word count: up to 2,500
Structured abstract: up to 250: ‘Objective’, ‘Design’, ‘Setting’, ‘Patients’, ‘Interventions’, ‘Main outcome measures’, ‘Results’, ‘Conclusions’
Tables/Illustrations: up to 4
References: limited to those critical to the manuscript


Reviews are usually commissioned; authors are invited to discuss directly with the Editor possible topics for review.

Word count: up to 3,000
Abstract: up to 250
Tables/ Illustrations: up to 6
References: limited to those critical to the manuscript

Education in practice

Education and practice articles include the ‘How to…’ and ‘My approach to…’ series, education and training, and management flow charts.

Introduction setting out the article’s purpose: 150 words
Main text (all types except ‘My approach to…’): 2,500 words
Main text (‘My approach to…’): 1,200 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2

Case Reports

Please use the BMJ Case Reports template.


Opinion articles debate issues with an emphasis on the health economic balance and practicality of delivery, not just the clinical justification.

Word count: up to 1,500, including an introduction setting out the reason for the paper
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2


News articles highlight societies’ news and events of relevance to a wider arena, progress of trials/trials being planned.

Word count: up to 500

Curriculum based clinical review

Frontline Gastroenterology Curriculum based clinical reviews are trainee-focussed; mapped to specific competencies in the Gastroenterology curriculum. Topics focus on training in areas that are rarely seen outside of specialist gastroenterology clinics or on generic features of the curriculum such as ethics and medico-legal aspects of care. By mapping articles and associated SCE style questions to the curriculum, trainees will be provided with knowledge-based training.

Word count: up to 2,500
Introduction: State which numbered competency with the Gastroenterology curriculum the article refers along with an accompanying box outlining the competency
References: up to 15 (mainly high quality guideline and reviews)
SCE Style ‘best of 5’ questions: 2-3

Journal watch

Each edition will include a ‘Journal Watch’ feature which will provide a brief review of one or two current articles in the gastrointestinal and hepatology literature that have a clinical impact on practice.

Inside view

Inside view reports unusual images that make an educational point. Since the aim of these articles is to stimulate the reader to think about the case, the title should be ambiguous and not give away the final diagnosis immediately (e.g. “Recurrent vomiting in 90 year old female”).

The quality of the image must be at least 300dpi and in TIFF, JPEG, GIF or EPS format. Videos are also welcome and should be in .mov, .avi, or .mpeg format.

Inside view has two parts:

      1. Introduction – a brief clinical introduction to a case (maximum 200 words) followed by an image and a question designed to stimulate the reader to think about what the image shows. The legend should not indicate the diagnosis but should simply describe the nature of the image (e.g. ‘endoscopic view of second part of duodenum’).
      2. Answer – appears later in the issue (maximum 200 words) outlines a brief description of the key diagnostic features of the image, the outcome, and a teaching point. Inside view will not include more than 5 references.


The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate