Aims and scope

Journal of Clinical Pathology is a leading international journal covering all aspects of pathology. Diagnostic and research areas covered include histopathology, virology, haematology, microbiology, cytopathology, chemical pathology, molecular pathology, forensic pathology, dermatopathology, neuropathology and immunopathology. Each issue contains Reviews, Original articles, Short reports, Case reports, Correspondence, Book reviews and more. JCP has Editorial Board members from all around the world to ensure coverage of global research.

From January 2004, the Molecular Pathology edition was folded into the parent journal. Each issue of JCP will have additional pages to ensure timely publication of molecular pathology papers. All articles on MP online will continue to be accessible to readers. JCP is the official journal of the Association of Clinical Pathologists.


JCP is co-owned by the Association of Clinical Pathologists and BMJ.

Journal statistics

Acceptance rate

28% for original articles

Mean time from submission to first decision

26 days for original articles

Mean time from acceptance to publication

19 days (online)
180 days (print)



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