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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.

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1000, or £750 for BSG members (plus applicable VAT). Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition for a fee of £250.

Submission to Frontline Gastroenterology implies that the work described has not been accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and does not duplicate material already published.

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on submission and editorial policies for Frontline Gastroenterology please refer to the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on planning your research through to submitting and promoting your research.

Article types

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

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).

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

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?


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 reviews

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”).

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 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.


Frontline Gastroenterology is willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. For more information on supplement proposal please see the BMJ Author Hub.