Journal of the Royal College of Physicians

ISSN: 1470-2118
E-ISSN: 1473-4893
Frequency: 6 issues per year
Impact factor: 1.37

Clinical Medicine is aimed at practising physicians in the UK and overseas and has relevance to all those managing or working within the healthcare sector.

Available in print and online, the journal seeks to encourage high standards of medical care by promoting good clinical practice and influencing policy through original research and articles on current issues, ethics, law and more.

‘A journal that provides a window into the topical issues confronting today’s clinicians.’
Professor Chuka Nwokolo, MD FRCP FRCPE, honorary professor of gastroenterology, Warwick Medical School

The journal assists the RCP in supporting a wide range of specialties through a dedicated continuing medical education (CME) section in each issue. This presents the latest advances in a chosen specialty, with self assessment questions at the end of each topic enabling CPD accreditation to be acquired. Six specialties are featured over the course of a year and those featured in 2014 are:

  • Respiratory medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Genetics
  • Palliative medicine
  • Emerging infections
  • Addiction

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Our commitment to the developing world

Set up by the World Health Organization, the HINARI and PERii initiatives provide free or low-cost online access to journals across Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Over 6,400 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 108 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.

Working with these organisations, Clinical Medicine is committed to supplying non-profit institutions in developing countries with access to vital material, at greatly reduced or no cost.


Articles and other material published by Clinical Medicine reflect the contributions and agreed opinions of all their co-authors and should not be taken to represent the policy of the Royal College of Physicians unless this is specifically stated.


© Royal College of Physicians, 2013. All rights reserved.

Contact us

For any enquiries relating to Clinical Medicine , please contact:

Clinical Medicine
Publications Department
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE
+44 (0) 20 3075 1228
+44 (0) 20 7486 5425

Head of Publications
Orla Fee

Managing editor
Hannah Cole

Editorial assistant
Helen Fowler