An MLA committee conducted an in-depth analysis of the NLM's PubMed Core Clinical Journal list, last updated more than 50 years ago. 

The renamed Clinically Useful Journals list includes 241 titles covering 80 subjects. This page presents the 12 BMJ journals on the list, identified as being "of immediate interest to healthcare."

The MLA committee took an evidence-based approach, analyzing journal usage at 800+ US and Canadian hospitals and medical facilities. They used patient-driven indicators to designate subjects and then usage to select the journals.

Interested in learning more? Librarians from the University of Pittsburgh co-authored an article regarding this investigation, published July 2023 in 


One of the world's leading general medicine journals, The BMJ publishes objective and practical medical insight and original research that help physicians improve patient outcomes. A journalistic approach and rigorous academic analysis keep the content interesting and the topics newsworthy.
  • Ranked #4 among general medicine journals
  • Impact Factor: 107.7

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Archives of Disease in Childhood
BMJ Journals

ADC is an international and peer-reviewed journal specializing in child health, covering the perinatal period through to adolescence. As an official journal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, ADC provides pediatricians with the most recent, relevant, and original research reports, commentaries, clinical and policy reviews, and education.
Impact Factor: 5.2

ADC - Fetal and Neonatal is led by Dr Nick Brown, clinician, epidemiologist, and international child health expert. His vision is to enhance child health through training, advocacy, and publishing high-quality research that will influence policy and to do all this “with passion, wit, and flavor.” Fetal & Neonatal’s edition editor is Dr Ben Stenson.
Impact Factor: 4.4

ARD is an international peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease, and connective tissue disorders. ARD publishes basic, clinical, and translational scientific research, including the most important recommendations for managing various conditions.
Impact Factor: 27.4

BJO is an international peer-reviewed journal for ophthalmologists and visual science specialists. BJO publishes clinical investigations, clinical observations, and clinically relevant laboratory investigations related to ophthalmology. It also provides major reviews and also publishes manuscripts covering regional issues in a global context.
Impact Factor: 4.1

Clinically Useful Journals

JMG is a leading international peer-reviewed journal covering original research in human genetics, including reviews of and opinion on the latest developments. Articles cover the molecular basis of human disease, including germline cancer genetics, clinical manifestations of genetic disorders, applications of molecular genetics to medical practice, and the systematic evaluation of such applications worldwide.
Impact Factor: 4

JNNP's ambition is to publish the most ground-breaking and cutting-edge research worldwide. Encompassing the entire genre of neurological sciences, our focus is on the common disorders (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, peripheral neuropathy, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and neuropsychiatry), but with a keen interest in the Gordian knots that present themselves in the field, such as ALS.
Impact Factor: 11.1

Gut is a leading international journal in gastroenterology and hepatology and has an established reputation for publishing first-class clinical research of the alimentary tract, the liver, the biliary tree, and the pancreas. Gut delivers up-to-date, authoritative, clinically oriented coverage in all areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. Regular features include articles by leading authorities describing novel mechanisms of disease and new management strategies, both diagnostic and therapeutic, likely to impact on clinical practice within the foreseeable future.
Impact Factor: 24.5

Heart is an international peer-reviewed journal that keeps cardiologists up to date with important research advances in cardiovascular disease. New scientific developments are highlighted in editorials and contextualized with concise review articles. Each issue has one free Editor’s Choice article, with open access options available to authors for all articles. Education in Heart articles provides a comprehensive, continuously updated cardiology curriculum. 

Heart promotes active interchange among researchers and readers to unite as a community to advance science and improve patient care.
Impact Factor: 5.7

STI keeps clinicians and researchers current on the transmission, prevention, diagnosis, natural history, and treatment of STIs and HIV. This includes existing and emerging infections where sexual transmission plays a role and related aspects of sexual health.
Impact Factor: 3.6

Thorax is one of the world's leading respiratory medicine journals, publishing clinical and experimental research articles on respiratory medicine, pediatrics, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, and surgery. Thorax seeks to publish significant advances in scientific understanding, which are likely to impact on clinical practice. This includes articles concerning basic and translational mechanisms with application to clinical material (cell and molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, and immunology).
Impact Factor: 10

The BMJArchives of Disease in ChildhoodArchives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & NeonatalAnnals of the Rheumatic DiseasesBritish Journal of OphthalmologyGutHeartJournal of Clinical PathologyJournal of Medical GeneticsJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and PsychiatrySexually Transmitted InfectionsThorax
The BMJArchives of Disease in Childhood (ADC)Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & NeonatalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD)British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO)GutHeartThoraxSexually Transmitted Infections (STI)Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (JNNP)Journal of Medical Genetics (JMG)Journal of Clinical Pathology (JCP)

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JCP offers a mix of innovative academic research and practical clinical advice. As one of the few broad-scope pathology journals, it enables the busy pathologist to keep up with the latest developments in all pathology disciplines.

In addition to original research, JCP publishes a wide range of other content types aimed at the training and practicing pathologist, such as computational pathology, review articles on hot topics, best practice articles for clinical investigations, in-depth summaries of key genes and molecules in pathogenesis, and multi-disciplinary grand rounds cases. 
Impact Factor: 3.4

JMLA: PubMed's Core Clinical Journals Filter: Redesigned for Contemporary Clinical Impact and Utility

Get more insight into their process and the practical application of this list in a special BMJ Insider interview with one of the co-authors.