Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal is aimed at a wide spectrum of medical audience and will publish interesting case reports, review articles, reviews of literature on selected topics. All articles are peer reviewed.

We welcome articles, for review and publication, by medical staff both nationally and internationally.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted are initially reviewed by one of the Editors in Chief.

The manuscript is examined for suitability to be published in the West London Medical Journal .

All manuscripts (Research publications, review articles, letters and editorials) considered suitable for publication in the WLMJ are submitted to a peer review process. Book reviews are not published by WLMJ.

The peer review process is conducted in an open review process and authorship is not anonymised.

The external peer review board consists of four expert clinicians. This enables a speedy response and consistency in judgment. Two of the four reviewers would provide a detailed response recommending acceptance without revision, further consideration of acceptance subject to revision or rejection.  The names and expertise of our reviewers who constitute the external peer review board are published in our journal.

Where the external peer review board feel that the manuscript falls outside their  area of expertise the manuscript is reviewed by two other experts known for their known expertise in the topic being addressed.

The journal does permit publication of articles which include any of the editors or peer reviewers of WLMJ subject the standard review process as described above. Any such author withdraws from discussions in relation to publication of articles in the editorial decision making process.

Authors are notified of the decision of the journal along with reviewer’s comments when articles are rejected. Appeals are considered by the Editors in Chief.

The members of the external peer review board are not compensated for their time and undertake the review process on a voluntary basis. They are not employees of the journal and have no financial interest in the journal.

The editor examines the accepted manuscript for errors and conformity with publishing guidelines of the International committee of Medical Journal editors. The editor is compensated for his/her time commitment.

The Editors in Chief do not hold any financial interest in the journal nor are they compensated for their time commitment.

The journal does not accept any advertisements and does not accept funded articles.

The Editors have complete editorial freedom and the publishers and the sponsoring body (the Postgraduate Department of Ealing Hospital) have no role in editorial decisions.


Open Access Policy


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.