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 Processing 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 – look out for the open access icon for our fully open access titles .


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 Processing Charge of £1,350 (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors) on acceptance of their paper.


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 Processing Charge 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.


Waiver policy

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.

We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funds to cover Article Processing Charges and we may accept part payment where limited funds are available; we offer waivers to authors in exceptional circumstances. 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 to the same journal they reviewed for. Please note that this does not apply to journals with a hybrid open access option.

Refund policy

We do not offer refunds for open access once articles have been published.