is a forum for ideas in medicine
and related biomedical sciences
. It will publish interesting
and important theoretical papers that foster the diversity and debate upon which the scientific process thrives. The Aims and Scope of
are no different now from what was proposed by the founder of the journal, the late Dr David Horrobin. In
his introduction to the first issue of the Journal, he asks 'what sorts of papers will be published in Medical Hypotheses? and goes on
to answer 'Medical Hypotheses
will publish papers which describe theories, ideas which have a great deal of observational support
and some hypotheses
where experimental support is yet fragmentary'. (Horrobin DF, 1975 Ideas in Biomedical Science: Reasons for
the foundation of Medical Hypotheses. Medical Hypotheses Volume 1, Issue 1, January-February 1975, Pages 1-2.). Medical Hypotheses
was therefore launched, and still exists today, to give novel, radical new ideas and speculations in medicine open-minded consideration,
opening the field to radical hypotheses which would be rejected by most conventional journals. Papers in Medical Hypotheses
take a standard scientific form in terms of style, structure and referencing. The journal therefore constitutes a bridge between cutting-edge
theory and the mainstream of medical and scientific communication, which ideas must eventually enter if they are to be critiqued and
tested against observations.
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by the http://www.journals.elsevier.com/medical-hypotheses/editorial-board/Editor
and external reviewers to ensure their scientific merit. All reviewers will be fully aware of the Aims and Scope of the Journal and will
be judging the premise, originality and plausibility of the hypotheses submitted.
is indexed and abstracted in: ADONIS, BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts, Elsevier BIOBASE/Current Contents/Life Sciences, EMBASE Excerpta
Medica, Index Medicus, Medical Documentation Service, Reference Update, Research Alert, Science Citation Index, SciSearch UMI (Microfilm),
Russian Academy of Science.