The Lancet

The best science for better lives

The Lancet is the world’s leading independent general medical journal. Since its first issue (October 5, 1823), the journal has strived to make science widely available so that medicine can serve and transform society, and positively impact the lives of people.

The Lancet
publishes a weekly journal, plus eleven monthly specialty journals in the fields of Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Psychiatry, HIV, Haematology, Global Health, and Public Health.

 Although The Lancet has evolved as a family of journals, it retains at its core the belief that medicine must serve society, that knowledge must transform society, that the best science must lead to better lives.

The Lancet’s manifesto:

  • Highest standards for medical science
    The Lancet sets extremely high standards. We select only the best research papers for their quality of work and the progression they bring.
  • Improving lives is the only end goal
    We believe that improving lives is the only end goal and that research is only relevant when it has impact on human lives.
  • Increasing the social impact of science
    We recognise that a great research paper is not enough and that it requires development, mobilisation, and exposure. So we promise to set agendas, create context, inform leaders, start debates, and advocate for the idea that research can and will make a difference.

The Lancet makes its content available online, in print (except The Lancet Global Health, Public Health, HIV, and Haematology), and via The Lancet App, now available on Apple and Android devices.


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