About BMJ Open
Aims and scope
BMJ Open is an online, open access medical journal, dedicated to publishing research from all disciplines and therapeutic
The journal publishes all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small and specialist studies.
Publishing procedures are built around fully open peer review and continuous publication, publishing research online as soon as the article is ready. BMJ Open aims to promote transparency in the publication process by publishing reviewer reports and previous versions of manuscripts as prepublication histories.
Authors are asked to pay article-processing charges on acceptance; the ability to pay does not influence editorial decisions.
BMJ Open Editions
New to BMJ Open, the BMJ Open Editions are a collection of six speciality areas offering a focused perspective on the wide range of content published within BMJ
Open. The current edition specialty areas are: dermatology, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, neurology, obstetrics & gynaecology
Publishing with BMJ Open Editions provides authors with a further option to showcase their research, ensuring maximum exposure to peers. Readers also have a specialist channel to keep up-to-date with the latest relevant BMJ Open content.
Wholly-owned by the BMJ Group.
|Acceptance rate||66% (2012)|
|Impact factor||BMJ Open is currently being tracked for its first impact factor.|
|Indexed by||ISI Current Contents (Web of Science), PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Google Scholar|
|Lead times||Median time to first decision 46 days (2012)|
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Rights and Permissions
Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies. BMJ Open has been working with Dryad since 2010.
The BMJ Publishing Group is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.
The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. The BMJ Group is a sponsor of its activities.
The mission of OASPA is to support and represent the interests of open access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. The BMJ Group has been a member since 2009.
All BMJ Open articles are licensed using either Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) or Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) licence. These licenses let others distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work. See our open access page for more details.