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 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 all major medical and scientific journal indices. 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 mja.com.au, 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 to authors carefully before submitting an article.
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
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 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/13265377.
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.