Age and Ageing journal

Age and Ageing is the journal of the BGS, first published in 1972. It publishes peer reviewed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology. From January 2022 the journal is published in monthly online issues. The journal's main website is

It is a leading international clinical geriatric medicine journal and is highly influential with an Impact Factor of 12.782 and is now top of its category for Geriatrics and Gerontology journals (ranked 1 out of 54). Content published in Age and Ageing is highly used with over 200,000 article downloads per month. We are a truly international journal with readers, reviewers and authors from across the world and an Editorial Board representing all global regions.

Journal content includes research, commentary and expert review articles on ageing and clinical, epidemiological, and psychological aspects of later life. More information for authors can be found on the journal website.

All of our content is free to read 12 months after publication and about 30% of our new content is Open Access and therefore free to read without a subscription. We also regularly curate themed collections that are free access for a limited time. Most BGS members have a subscription included in their membership and can unlock subscriber-only content using their BGS credentials.

Age and Ageing is a hybrid journal meaning that standard publication is free of charge but authors have the option of paying an Open Access publication charge (APC) to make their paper freely available online immediately upon publication. Most UK institutions will be covered by a Read and Publish deal which will cover the APC. We can offer a 20% discount on the APCs for members of the BGS.

Read Age and Ageing journal now

Age and Ageing journal can be accessed without registration or subscription. The majority of content is free to read, but the full versions of some newer articles are behind a paywall and can be unlocked with BGS membership credentials or via your institution’s subscription. Please visit the journal website and start reading today.

We recommend a number of options for exploring Age and Ageing content:

  • Themed collections: Curated for you by members of the editorial team and guest authors. Two new collections are launched per year on hot topics, and two more collections are published to accompany the programmes of the BGS conferences. Browse the collections library.
  • Editor’s View: For a digest of the key themes each month, please read the Editor's View articles for highlights, concise commentary and links to his latest pick of Age and Ageing content
  • Latest issue: The June 2022 issue of the journal is in progress but already available to read.
  • New Issue Alerts: Subscribe to receive the monthly table of contents directly to your email inbox.  Sign up to emails here.
  • Browse by topic: The journal arranges its 18 subject sections in line with the BGS SIG topics. You can jump straight into articles filtered by topic via the main menu or advanced search.



50th anniversary commentary series:

To mark Age and Ageing's half century, we have commissioned a series of 24 topical commentary pieces to be published throughout the anniversary year. These come from leading international thinkers and explore major issues in geriatric medicine. More 50th anniversary content and information here.

  1. Why illness is more important than disease in old age. Marcel Olde Rikkert, René  Melis, Alan Cohen, Geeske Peeters.

  2. Healthcare for older people in Asia. Jean Woo.

  3. Inappropriate prescribing: hazards and solutions. Mirko Petrovic, Denis O’Mahony, Antonio Cherubini.

  4. The giants of education in geriatric medicine and gerontology. Roman Romero-Ortuno, Andreas Stuck, Tahir Masud.

  5. Geriatric medicine and health care for older people in Australia. David Le Couteur, Leon Flicker, Sarah Hilmer.

  6. Geriatric emergency medicine—a model for frailty friendly healthcare. Simon Mooijaart, Christopher Carpenter, Simon Conroy.

  7. Healthcare for older people in lower and middle income countries. Maw Pin Tan.

  8. Refashioning the uneasy relationship between older people and geriatric medicine. Desmond O’Neill.

  9. Clinical trials in older people. Kaisu H Pitkala, Timo E Strandberg

  10. Healthcare for older people in Central and South America. Luis Miguel GutiéRrez Robledo, Carlos Cano-GutiéRrez, Enrique Vega Garcia

  11. Quo vadis geriatric rehabilitation? Clemens Becker, Wilco Achterberg

  12. Fall prevention in older people: past, present and future. Jacqueline C T Close, Stephen R Lord


Dhole-Eddleston prize-winning research




A selection of featured articles from Age and Ageing. Click below to read the full abstract or to view the original paper.