Aims and scope

Journal of Clinical Pathology (JCP) offers a mix of cutting-edge academic research and practical clinical advice. As one of the few broad scope pathology journals, it enables the busy pathologist to keep up to date with the latest developments in all disciplines of pathology.

In addition to original research, JCP publishes a wide range of other content types aimed at the trainee or practising pathologist, including review articles on hot topics, best practice articles for clinical investigations, virtual cases featuring interactive images, in depth summaries of key genes and molecules in pathogenesis, and multi-disciplinary grand rounds cases. Selected articles have accredited online learning modules for self-assessment and CME.

JCP is the official journal of the Association of Clinical Pathologists.

Molecular Pathology was merged with JCP in 2003.

Editorial Board

For information about the Journal of Clinical Pathology Editor-in-Chief Tahir Pillay and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


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

Journal information

Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1947; Molecular Pathology merged with JCP in 2003
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Impact Factor 2.346 (2018)
CiteScore 2.14 (2018) #52/184
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 0021-9746
Online ISSN 1472-4146

Journal statistics (2019)

Acceptance Rate 27%
Time from Submission to First Decision 22 days
Time from Acceptance to Publication 15 days

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