About us

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) is Australia’s leading general medical journal. We publish high quality research and commentary to inform health policy and influence medical practice in Australia.

The MJA expert Editorial team is led by Professor Virginia Barbour. We aim to provide authors with a constructive, collaborative process during peer review and publication.

The first issue of The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) was published in 1914. Today, the MJA has evolved to become a modern journal that continues to translate our founding values into practice. We have an ongoing commitment to supporting the medical profession by publishing high-quality, relevant information useful in medical practice.

We believe that journals should be measured by a range of metrics. The MJA is indexed in PubMed and major medical and scientific journal indices including:

CAB Abstracts (CABI)
Science Citation Index Expanded (Clarivate)
Current Contents (Clinical Medicine & Life Sciences, Clarivate)
Essential Science Indicators (Clinical Medicine, Clarivate)
Embase (Elsevier)
Scopus (Elsevier)

MJA articles are highly cited in research articles and policy documents.

In 2023, the MJA has 24,500 individual subscribers, over 170,000 monthly views online at, and in 2022, there were over 990,000 article downloads via Wiley Online .We are ranked among the top 17 general medical journals globally.

The MJA is published twice a month with one issue in January and December (22 issues a year) and covers all the important issues affecting Australian health care. The MJA publishes the latest Australian clinical research, evidence-based reviews, medical education, and authoritative medical opinion and debate. The MJA encourages comment and debate from readers.

The MJA welcomes articles in all these categories. Please read our Instructions for authors carefully before submitting an article.

Ethical publishing

The MJA is published by the Australasian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo), which is owned by the Australian Medical Association (AMA). The MJA follows the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors on publishing and editorial matters, including peer review, conflict of interest and confidentiality. The MJA is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. The MJA maintains editorial independence, and the views expressed in the Journal are those of the authors.

Free and open access to research articles

The MJA encourages the highest quality of research, and believes research must be able to be easily and rapidly disseminated to all who might benefit from it. From January 2012, all MJA research articles are freely available online. The MJA has a strong commitment to Australian Indigenous health, and makes all Indigenous health articles free to access. Authors can now make their paper open access can be via repository-based open access (there is no cost for this, though there is a 12-month embargo) or journal based immediate open access, which is made available through the MJA’s publishing partner, Wiley, and is subject to the payment of article processing charges. 

A digital journal

The MJA is available as a distributed e-journal and online here. All MJA articles from December 2001 onwards are available online, with selected articles between 1996 and 2001 also being available online. Some older articles do not have all the new navigation features. For cataloguing purposes, we use these ISSNs:

PRINT ISSN: 0025-729X ONLINE ISSN: 1326-5377

The MJA produces a superb weekly online news magazine and newsletter, InSight+. You can sign up to email alerts to advise you of new MJA content and you can follow the MJA on Twitter.

Partnership with Wiley Online

The MJA has partnered with John Wiley and Sons Inc to publish and distribute the journal. The MJA is produced by AMPCo, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) — the most influential membership organisation representing registered medical practitioners and medical students of Australia.

As part of this partnership, the full archive of all MJA articles — dating from 1914 to the present — have been digitised and can now be accessed via the Wiley Online Library at

Along with the complete digital archive of the MJA, the Wiley Online Library will also provide subscribers with access to online-first articles, the ability to purchase individual MJA articles and a simplified process for seeking permission to reproduce full or part articles.


MJA staff
MJA prizes for research and writing