About the Journal

About the Ethiopian Medical Journal

The Ethiopian Medical Journal (EMJ) is Ethiopia's oldest medical journal and the official organ of the Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA). Founded in 1962, EMJ has played a pivotal role in advancing and disseminating medical knowledge not only in Ethiopia but across Africa. Published quarterly in online open-access formats, the Journal features high-quality research spanning clinical medicine, biomedical sciences, public health, and traditional medicine. The EMJ is committed to upholding rigorous peer-review standards and publishes impactful research that informs healthcare policy and practice, improves clinical outcomes, and empowers healthcare professionals throughout the continent. We welcome contributions from diverse authors and encourage researchers, policymakers, and healthcare practitioners to explore the wealth of knowledge available in the EMJ and join us in advancing medical science for Ethiopia and beyond.

Aims and Scope

EMJ operates as an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed medical journal, committed to publishing scientifically rigorous and influential research across various domains including Clinical medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Preventive medicine, Traditional medicine, and related fields under the broad umbrella of Medicine. The submission of research manuscripts spanning diverse topics, particularly Original Articles, is strongly encouraged. Additionally, we welcome comprehensive reviews addressing relevant subjects (Reviews), as well as reports detailing new, interesting, or exceptionally rare cases (Case Reports).


The primary objectives of EMJ include Disseminating timely and pertinent medical information crucial for informing policy decisions and driving scientific progress in Ethiopia and other developing nations. Advocating for the advancement of preventive and curative medicine, rooted in dynamic medical practices, to address the evolving healthcare needs of diverse populations.

Journal History

Ethiopia’s oldest medical journal, The Ethiopian Medical Journal (EMJ) is the official organ of the Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA). The journal first appeared under the title of both Amharic “የኢትዮጵያ ሕክምና ጋዜጣ” and English “Ethiopian Medical Journal” in July 1962. Since then, the quarterly journal played an important role by recording the progress of scientific medicine and assisting in rendering the practice of medicine in all its branches and academic medicine in Ethiopia and Africa at large.

The cover page was a yellow color with a white logo of the Ethiopian Medical Association in between the Amharic and English titles. Volume 1, No. 2 published October 1962, appeared in the same title but with little change in the Amharic title "የኢትዮጵያ ሕክምና ጋዜጣ“ (ጋዜጣ replaced by ዜና“). The color of the cover pages changed to red in the second volume and green in the third volume, but with no change in the appearance of the title and logo. The color changes in cover pages continued in the same order as above until the sixth volume. In the beginning, some of the volumes had five issues while others had four. The journal started in July 1962 and the first volume had five issues that ended in July 1963. Volumes 2, 3, 4, and 5 run from October to July 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, and 1966-67, respectively, with four issues each.

In Volume 6, No. 1, the Amharic title “የኢትዮጵያ ሕክምና ዜና”  was removed, and the English title was lifted to the top right end, the color was green with a white logo of Ethiopian Medical Association moved to the bottom left and contents of articles were written on the cover page. Improvement in the design, layout, and general presentation introduced then continued in the successive years until the 5th decade which appeared in a larger format with A4 size paper. Abstracts were printed in English and French from the beginning until Volume 14, No. 1; 1976, when, French was no more in use.