Promoting medico-legal knowledge in all its aspects

The Medico-Legal Journal was founded in 1931. It is published by Sage on behalf of the Medico-Legal Society. The paper version is published quarterly and posted to all full members and subscribers.  The content is also available in electronic form ahead of the print version.

The Medico-Legal Journal provides an official record of the papers presented by eminent speakers to the Medico-Legal Society and a unique collection of original articles, case reports, book reviews and correspondence from around the world.

The current content of The Medico-Legal Journal can be found here.

Members can access the full journal by clicking here. Note that your password will be required. If you would like to be considered for membership, please apply here.

The Medico-Legal Journal has its entire archive, dating back to 1933 online and available for Society members. An index of all articles from the start of the Journal to volume 64 is available here: Index of Articles.

All issues are available at the Royal Society of Medicine library and most issues at the Inns of Court Library and Law Society Library.

In addition, the Journal seeks to further the Society’s objects by encouraging submission of articles on topics as diverse as:

  • Developments in the European Legal Orders: Implications for the Medical Profession
  • Fairchild and the “Guilty Fibre”
  • Fact or Fiction? Verbal and Behavioural Clues to Detect Deception
  • Selecting Participants When Testing New Drugs: the Implications of Age and Gender Discrimination
  • Acute Subdural Haematoma in a Boxer

If you are considering submitting an article for publication, please see below:

Guidance on Submitting texts for Publication in the Medico-Legal Journal

Submissions should be sent directly to the Editors ([email protected]) ([email protected]).  Space is often at a premium.  Publication will appear first on line and then in the paper issue of the quarterly Journal.

All texts should be original and in clear and grammatical English (UK setting on your computer, please) and as concise as possible.  As a rule we prefer texts to be no longer than 2,500 words where possible.  They should have a short abstract and then key words followed by the main text  and we ask that you restrict the number of references cited to a sensible minimum.

Our readers are international and straddle the professions of Law and Medicine but the latter will also include dentistry, science and epidemiology and other affiliated disciplines that touch on areas of Medico-Legal interest.

We are willing to offer advice and guidance on whether a topic is likely to be of interest but we cannot guarantee publication until we have had a chance to see the text itself.

We welcome new ideas and new contributors.  We reserve the right to edit texts to improve presentation but your approval will always be sought before any further steps are taken.  Contributors who have had their texts accepted will in due course be asked by our publishers, SAGE, to sign a copyright agreement and will receive proofs in due course to approve before the text goes public.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Diana Brahams, Editor.

Harry Zeitlin (Medical Editor)