Open access at BMJ

Open access is a great way to share your research with the academic world and speed up scientific discovery. BMJ is a pioneering publisher and champion of open access research. The research in our flagship journal, The BMJ, has always been free to read and in 2011 we launched our first and largest open access medical journal, BMJ Open. We continue to innovate and advance health research. In 2019, BMJ co-launched medRxiv with Yale University and Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory. It is the first health sciences preprint server and it allows fast sharing of preliminary research findings to the widest possible audience. medRxiv now highlights when preprints have been accepted or published across BMJ’s journal portfolio, further contributing to the reliability and value of preprints as part of the scientific record. BMJ is also part of initiatives like Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) and Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), making it easier for articles to be found, read and cited.



Publishing open access with us means

  • Global visibility: Indexing in major bibliographic databases such as PubMed and Web of Science ensures your research is easy to find and cite
  • Prestige: our journals are recognized through the trusted BMJ brand and many are co-owned or affiliated with reputable learned societies
  • Quality: BMJ journals have a dedicated Editor-in-Chief and international editorial board to ensure rigorous peer review and the highest scientific publishing standards
  • Impact: More than a third of our indexed journals rank within the top 10 of their category. Our journals publish some of the world’s most influential research affecting public discourse and policy making

There are a number of options available for you to make your research open access. You can choose to publish in: The BMJ or in one of our fully open access journals,  transformative journals or hybrid journals.