Our Story

The British Student Doctor Journal (The BSDJ) is a novel, peer-reviewed, open-access, medical journal targeted at a medical student readership, established in 2016.

The BSDJ was founded by James Kilgour and Shivali Fulchand, two final year medical students at Cardiff University School of Medicine. They recognised the difficulty medical students were having in getting their work published, and felt that there were also limited opportunities for students to gain editorial, and peer-review experience, at medical school.


As doctors, we are all expected to practice with an evidence-based approach. Therefore, an active interest in the field of scientific publishing is not just about attaining extra points on the FPAS application, or boosting a CV, but more importantly, is a crucial part of being a good doctor. The BSDJ aims to provide medical students the opportunity to gain experience in all of these areas, as well as fostering an interest in academic publishing and research.

After drafting a business proposal in March 2016, James and Shivali gained funding from Cardiff University School of Medicine. In May 2016, The BSDJ was incorporated as an imprint of Cardiff University Press.


Following this, there was a number of months of hard work, which involved building the brand image, social media presence and forming an Editorial and Management Team, as well as Faculty Advisory Board. In October 2016, submissions for our first issue opened. 

Our first issue was published on the 31st January 2017. The occasion was commemorated by a Launch Party. Our keynote speaker for the evening was Nobel Prize Winner and Chancellor of Cardiff University, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Want to publish with The BSDJ? Please visit our author guidelines for more information.

Or apply here to become a peer reviewer, and join our team of more than 300 reviewers from across the world.