The Journal of Pathology

The Journal of Pathology has been published since 1892 and has been the official Journal of the Pathological Society since its inception in 1906. It has been a forum for the publication of many important papers in pathology and in experimental medicine including areas of bacteriology and infectious disease (note that until 1968 it was know as the Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology). Indeed the entire back file of papers all the way back to the first article by Rudolf Virchow can be found here.  A comprehensive history of the Journal has been written by a former Editor, Simon Herrington.


Aims and Scope

The Journal of Pathology aims to serve as a bridge between basic biomedical science and clinical medicine with particular emphasis on morphologically based studies. The main interests of the Journal lie in understanding the pathophysiological and pathogenetic mechanisms of human disease.

The Journal welcomes investigative studies on human tissues, experimental studies in vitro and in vivo , and investigations based on animal models with a clear relevance to human disease, including transgenic systems. In general, studies that appropriately employ multiple investigative techniques are preferred over those that rely on a single methodology. As well as original research papers, the Journal seeks to provide rapid publication in a variety of other formats, including editorials, review articles and other features, both contributed and solicited. Purely descriptive papers on diagnostic pathology are not considered central to the Journal’s purpose. Correspondence relating to papers published in the Journal will be considered, if of general interest.

In determining content, the primary considerations are excellence, relevance and novelty. As the journal of The Pathological Society, it seeks to reflect the broad scientific interests of the Society’s membership but its ethos, authorship, content and purpose are those expected of a leading publication in the international scientific literature.


Submission of papers

Papers can be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central at but please read the Instructions to authors at


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