Submitting your paper

Guidance on the manuscript submission process

Whether you’re new to research or have decades of experience, submission requirements and systems vary from publisher to publisher and are constantly being updated, sometimes making them difficult to understand. The tools here will help you submit your manuscript to our journals in the quickest and most efficient way.

Writing a cover letter

The cover letter gives you the opportunity to present an overview of your manuscript to the editor.  [ … ]

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Instructions for authors

To maximise the chances of your paper being accepted, it is a good idea to review and follow the instructions for authors carefully.  [ … ]

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Data sharing

We encourage authors to include a data sharing statement when submitting their article.  [ … ]

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Open Access

Whether you decide to publish your paper Open Access or not, the process from submission to publication will be just the same.  [ … ]

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Copyright and authors’ rights

For most journals, BMJ allows authors (or their employers) to retain their copyright in their work. BMJ only requires an exclusive licence that allows us to publish the article in the chosen journal (including any derivative products) and any other BMJ products, and allows us to sublicense such rights and exploit all subsidiary rights. A non-exclusive licence is available for authors that are unable to sign an exclusive licence.  [ … ]

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Permissions

It is the author’s responsibility to secure all permissions prior to publication.  [ … ]

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Patient consent and confidentiality

BMJ’s policy is based on the UK’s Data Protection Act, the English common law of confidentiality, and the traditions of medical ethics.  [ … ]

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Complaints

This procedure applies to complaints about the publishing policies, procedures and actions of publishing and editorial staff and editors-in-chief of journals from BMJ.  [ … ]

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Plagiarism detection

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content.  [ … ]

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Privacy

BMJ uses ScholarOne, the online manuscript processing system provided by Thomson Reuters (Scientific) Inc. Some parts of ScholarOne can be accessed without registration or log in, but to upload or review a manuscript requires registration.  [ … ]

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Supplements

Journals from BMJ are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues.  [ … ]

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Author charges

Coming soon!  [ … ]

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