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The Ceylon Medical Journal (CMJ) is published by the Sri Lanka Medical Association, one of the oldest medical associations in the Asian region. The Ceylon Medical Journal is the oldest surviving medical journal in Australasia. It was started in 1887 as the Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the British Medical Association. Except for a period between 1893 and 1904 when it ceased publication, the CMJ or its forbear, has been published without interruption up to now. The journal’s name changed to the Ceylon Medical Journal in 1954.

The Ceylon Medical Journal's mission is to stimulate, encourage and empower doctors, researchers and other health professionals to publish high quality research in order to  promote evidence based medicine and improve health care. The Ceylon Medical Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed journal.

The Ceylon Medical Journal follows the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Published by

Sri Lanka Medical Association,
Wijerama House, No: 6, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2693324
Fax: +94 11 2698802

Printed by

Ananda Press
277, Hokandara Road, Thalawathugoda
Sri Lanka
Tel: 0112774793

Publication Frequency

The Ceylon Medical Journal is published quarterly in March, June, September and December every year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


The Ceylon Medical Journal is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Authors of articles published in CMJ retain the copyright of their articles. They are free to reproduce and disseminate their work. The source (CMJ) should be cited when articles published in the CMJ are reproduced or stored in a repository.


The Ceylon Medical Journal is published electronically and in print formats. The electronic version of the published articles can be accessed at the journal web site All articles are published as open access. A print copy of the journal is provided free to all life members of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Others who wish to subscribe to the print copy should contact the journal office.

Subscription Information

Copies of the Journal are provided free of cost to life members of the SLMA. Annual subscription comprises four issues and includes postage. The rate is as follows.

Within Sri Lanka – SLR 3 000/-

Outside Sri Lanka – US $ 150

Past copies can be purchased at SLR 1000/- or US $ 50 (excluding postage) from the CMJ office at Wijerama House, No: 6, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94-11-269-0212
Fax: +94-11-269-8802

The electronic version of the Journal is accessible free of charge at the website –

Revenue sources

The CMJ charges a nominal handling fee for manuscripts submitted to the journal. The print version of the journal carries advertisements which pay for the cost of publication and postage. The journal website at Sri Lanka Journals Online is maintained by the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka.


The journal accepts advertisements in the print version of the Ceylon Medical Journal. The advertisements should comply with the ethical guidelines of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. The advertisements are not linked to contents. The number of pages carrying advertisements does not exceed that of the scientific content. The advertisements are published before or after the total scientific content. The journal website does not carry any advertisements. The journal does not accept any advertisements linked to the tobacco or alcohol trade.

To Advertise in CMJ

The CMJ accepts display and classified advertising. It reserves the right to reject any advertisement considered unsuitable according to the set policies of the Journal and guidelines related to medical advertising laid down by the Government of Sri Lanka.  The advertising and product information in Journal does NOT constitute an endorsement or approval by the Journal or the publisher of the quality or value of the said product or of claims made for it by the manufacturer.

Inquiries about advertising should be sent to:

Mr. Suraj Devendra, Ananda Press
No: 82/5, Sir Ratnajothi Saravanamuttu Mawatha,
Colombo 13, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 11 2435975
E mail:

Direct marketing

The Ceylon Medical Journal does not carry out any direct marketing activities, including solicitation of manuscripts.

Archiving Policy

This journal is available for LOCKSS harvesting, to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. See LOCKSS harvesting start page.

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