Acceptance rate


Time to first decision with review

23 days*

Impact Factor (JCR)


Impact Factor rank (JCR)




2021 total Altmetric mentions


Aims and scope

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, biliary tree and pancreas. Gut delivers up-to-date, authoritative, clinically oriented coverage in all areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. Regular features include articles describing novel mechanisms of disease and new management strategies, both diagnostic and therapeutic, likely to impact on clinical practice within the foreseeable future by leading authorities.

Gut is the flagship of BMJ’s gastroenterology portfolio and has two companion journals, Frontline Gastroenterology for education and practice-focused papers and BMJ Open Gastroenterology for open access original research.

For information about Gut Editor-in-Chief Professor Emad El-Omar and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

Gut is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal information

Ownership Gut is co-owned by the British Society of Gastroenterology and BMJ
Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1960
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Extended; BIOSIS Preview, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Impact Factor 19.819 (JCR 2019), ranked 3/88 in Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 0017-5749
Online ISSN 1468-3288

Journal Statistics (2021)

Acceptance rate: 12%

Time to first decision without review (median): 3 days
Time to first decision with review (median) : 23 days
Time from acceptance to publication (median): 10 days

Impact Factor category: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Impact Factor (JCR): 23.059
Impact Factor rank: 3/92
5 Year Impact Factor: 22.223
Journal Citation Indicator: 4.84
Eigenfactor: 0.07226
Citescore: 40.1
Citescore rank: 2/149
Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 7.885

2021 total content views: 2.54m
2021 total Altmetric mentions: 17,379

The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure.

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