Waivers and discounts

We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funds to cover their Article Processing Charge (APC) and we may accept part payment where limited funds are available. Please take note that our hybrid journals do not offer waivers or discounts.

We grant APC waivers under very limited circumstances. Request for waivers or discounts should be made during submission. Requests for waivers or ad hoc discounts made while an article is being peer reviewed or after it has been accepted will not be granted. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis. 

If an article reports funding from a funder with an open access mandate or policy that covers paying APCs, BMJ expects that the APC will be paid. 

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

  • Articles written by authors based solely in our BMJ Waiver List 1* are eligible for a full APC waiver
  • Articles written by authors based solely in our BMJ Waiver List 2* are eligible for a 50% discount.

* These lists are based on the HINARI Core Offer Groups A and B, and the World Bank Country and Lending Groups, downloaded in July 2021. They will be updated annually.


Requests for waivers should be made using the following form. **

** Requests for waivers or discounts are assessed by BMJ staff and not by journal editors. Please do not contact editors regarding waivers or discounts as they will not be able to assist. A decision by BMJ staff to grant a waiver or discount will not influence any editorial decision and should not be considered an indication that your article will be accepted.