Fees and Waivers

Publish in The BMJ

The BMJ is our flagship international medical journal, committed to keeping research articles Open Access. To support this, all authors are asked to pay an article publishing charge (APC) of £3,000 (exclusive of VAT) on acceptance of their research paper. For more information, visit The BMJ‘s Open Access page.

Publish in one of our fully Open Access journals

We publish a number of fully Open Access titles, with APCs starting from £1,250. For more information please visit the individual journal pages below.

BMJ Open
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
BMJ Open Gastroenterology
BMJ Global Health
BMJ Innovations
BMJ Open Ophthalmology
BMJ Open Respiratory Research
BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
ESMO Open
Lupus Science & Medicine
Open Heart
RMD Open
Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open
Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Veterinary Record Open
Publish in any of our remaining 50+ journals, using our Open Access option

Our Open Access option is available to any author publishing in a journal from BMJ; authors will be asked whether they wish to take up the option on acceptance of their article. Please visit the website of the individual journal you wish to submit to, to find out more about the associated APC. A list of all journals from BMJ can be found here.

Waiver policy

We are working to build research capabilities in low-income countries. As one of the founding members of the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, we provide free access to all of our journals, and journals archive to local, not-for-profit institutions in low income countries. Find out more here.

In addition, we appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs and we offer waivers through our Open Access Waiver Fund. Our Open Access journals will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and we offer waivers to authors in exceptional circumstances, on request. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions.

Requests for waivers and discounts will be considered using the following criteria:

  • Whether the research was conducted largely or entirely in a country that is in the Hinari Core Offer
  • Whether there was external funding for the research for any of the authors
  • Whether the authors could contribute from their personal accounts

In recognition of reviewers’ support, any reviewer that returns a full review on time can receive a 25% discount on the article processing charge for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review.

Please note journals with a hybrid Open Access option do not offer waivers or discounts.

Refund policy

We do not offer refunds for Open Access once articles have been published.