Fees and waivers
Publish in one of our specialty journals
We publish over 60 medical and allied health journals; you can publish in one of our fully open access titles with article publishing charges (APC) starting from £1,250 or you can choose an open access option in our other journals. To find out more about the associated APC, please visit the website of the journal to which you wish to submit. A full list of our journals is available here – our fully open access titles have an orange padlock symbol next to them.
Publish in BMJ Open
BMJ Open is our open access journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas. To support open access publication authors are asked to pay an article publishing charge (APC) of £1,3500 (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors) on acceptance of their research paper.
Study protocols where the corresponding author is affiliated with a member institution of the JISC are entitled to a discount such that the APC will be 1,000 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). Please check here to see if your institution qualifies.
Publish in The BMJ
The BMJ is our flagship journal, committed to keeping research articles open access. To support this, authors are asked to pay an article publishing charge (APC) of £3,000 (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors) on acceptance of their research paper. For more information, visit The BMJ‘s open access page.
Please note journals with a hybrid open access option do not offer waivers or discounts.
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.
We do not offer refunds for open access once articles have been published.