Contribute to DTB

Do you want to get involved in producing content for DTB and helping to set the standard for prescribing practice in the UK and around the world?

DTB articles are the result of several stages of circulation, comment and editing, involving a range of independent commentators (both specialist and generalist), manufacturers, patient groups and others. We are currently looking for suggestions for topics to cover in future issues, as well as people interested in becoming potential article authors and commentators.

Suggest an article

What topics would you like DTB to cover in future issues? In terms of your prescribing practice, what are the key issues you face today?

We want to ensure that we continue to provide readers with the most relevant and up-to-date information. If you have any suggestions about the topics or articles you would like to see published in DTB, please email us at

Become an author

Authors are needed to write the first draft of articles, which are always seen as the nucleus of the process. Articles are likely to change considerably before publication, with the original author being closely involved at each stage. The final article is published anonymously, reflecting the wide nature of the collaboration and the fact that the views expressed are those of DTB itself. Copyright over all versions of the draft rests with BMJ (the publisher of DTB). Authors are paid a set fee per article.

Become a commentator

Articles in DTB aim to present a view that incorporates contributions from many people, including both specialists and non-specialists, and organisations. Typically DTB articles are circulated to a wide range of individuals and organisations for comment, including independent experts, general practitioners, pharmacists,  nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Articles are circulated unsigned, and all comments on them are treated in confidence.

Why contribute?

DTB is a highly regarded source of unbiased, independent information and practical advice for healthcare professionals. A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) entitled ‘Prescribing Costs in Primary Care’, included research rating DTB as one of the top two most useful and objective information sources on prescribing, with only the BNF rating higher on these measures across a range of 23 sources (1). DTB has also been described publicly as a key source of unbiased, independent information (2). Surveys have consistently shown that readers find DTB authoritative and influential in relation to their decisions, recommendations or advice on treatments.

In terms of professional development, all authors and commentators will be provided with a certificate of involvement that can be used towards CME/CPD.

Contact us

If you would like to be considered as an author or commentator, or for more information, please email us at Alternatively, you can sign up online by following the steps below:

1. Visit:
2. Click on ‘register here’ on the right hand menu
3. Fill in the online form and click ‘submit’
4. Use your email address as your User ID