The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is the College’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, with an international circulation of 8,000. It has three main emphases – clinical medicine, education and medical history and humanities.

Read the latest issue online where you can access the contents of the print journal and additional features including an online archive and online symposia abstracts.

Editorial Board

The editorial group responsible for The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh comprises:

  • Dr Martyn Bracewell, Editor in Chief, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales
  • Dr Mohaned Egred, Clinical and Education Editor, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  • Dr Allan Beveridge, History Editor, Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Yeong Yeh Lee, Associate Clinical Editor, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Dr Seamus O'Mahony, Associate History Editor, Cork University Hospital, Ireland
  • Iain Milne, Deputy Editor, History, Edinburgh
  • Rona Gloag, Senior Production Editor, Edinburgh
  • Colin Reekie,  Designer, Edinburgh
  • Russell Davidson, Editorial Assistant, Edinburgh

The International Advisory Network comprises:

  • Dr Simon G Allan, Palmerston North Hospital, New Zealand
  • Prof. Alejandro Bussalleu, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
  • Prof. Hadi Alphonse Goubran, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Dr SJ Gupta, Sant Parmanand and Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India
  • Dr Mahzuz Karim, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, UK
  • Prof. Dilip Kumar Mazumdar, Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata, India
  • Prof. Balakrishnan Nair, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Dr Khai Pang Leong, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  • Prof. Syed Hasnain Ali Shah, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Prof. Surujpal Teelucksingh, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Dr Roger W Warne, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia
  • Prof. David N Williams, University of Minnesota Medical School, USA
  • Dr Rosemarie Wright-Pascoe, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
  • Prof. Man Fung Yuen, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

To contact the editorial office, please email or call + 44 (0)131 247 3666


Submissions are invited in the following areas:

  • Reports of original research, including audits

  • Cases of the quarter (investigation findings of general interest with images)

  • Medical history and humanities

  • Letters to the Editor

Manuscripts should not be submitted simultaneously to another journal, should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere, and must not have been published already. Manuscripts are subject to peer-review, but the Editor reserves the right to make the final decision regarding publication and to make textual amendments where considered necessary. On acceptance, manuscripts are published in the in the earliest possible print issue of the JRCPE at the discretion of the Editor.

Download Notes for Authors (detailed)

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed. The JRCPE operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous, unless the reviewer is happy for their name to be put forward.

Further information for contributors

Declarations of interest

All authors are required to declare relevant interest and this information is published in the JRCPE. All peer reviewers and Editors of the JRCPE are also required to declare relevant interests. This information is held centrally and can be made available on request.


Authors can choose to assign copyright to the JRCPE or grant the JRCPE a licence to publish, if wishing to retain copyright. If copyright is transferred to us, we will indicate this in the copyright line that appears in the Journal.  However, we grant back to you the right to use your own article (provided you acknowledge the published original in standard bibliographic citation form) in the following ways, as long as you do not sell it or give it away in ways which would conflict directly with our commercial business interests.


You are free to use your paper for the internal educational or other purposes of your own institution or company; mounted on your own or your institution’s website; posted to free public servers of preprints and/or articles in your subject area; or in whole or in part, as the basis for your own further publications or spoken presentations. These terms are similar to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial CC BY-NC licence that lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to licence their derivative works on the same terms:

Open Access

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available immediately upon publication without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.


The Editors of the JRCPE view alleged, or suspected, medical or biomedical research misconduct as a serious offence and will not hesitate to refer suspected cases of misconduct to the appropriate bodies.


The JRCPE is currently included in the following Indexes – MEDLINE, Embase and Google Scholar.

Additional information

There are no APCs or submission charges for submissions to the journal. The JRCPE Editors have endorsed, in principle, the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publications, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: