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 support innovation through: BMJ Open Science, a journal aimed at improving the validity and quality of pre-clinical research that uses open peer review, open data, and registered reports; and medRxiv, the first dedicated preprint server for health sciences, which was launched in partnership with Yale University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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Publishing open access with us means

  •  High 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: Nearly half 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, one of our fully open access journals or one of our hybrid journals.