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BMJ is a champion of open access as a way to promote knowledge and accelerate discoveries. We place a great deal of importance on increasing the reach and use of what we publish, and we are actively reshaping the way medical research is conducted and disseminated.

We offer different open access options so that you can share your research with the world while complying with funder mandates, such as those from Plan S.

Our fully open access titles range from the broad scope of BMJ Open, to a portfolio of more than 60 specialty subject journals

Fully Open Access Journals  


Publish open access in one of our transformative journals simply by choosing the open access option upon acceptance

  Transformative Journals     

Our hybrid journals are subscription journals that give you the option to publish open access

           Hybrid Journals               

Our flagship journal The BMJ was an early pioneer of open access, publishing all research open access for over 20 years

                  The BMJ                   

Six reasons to choose open access at BMJ

  • More than a third of our indexed journals rank within the top 10 of their category

    2023 JCR year (Clarivate 2024)

  • We publish some of the world’s most influential research affecting public discourse and policy making

  • In 2023, BMJ published 21,086 open access articles, with 11,603 citations achieved

    Dimensions 2024

  • 9th most cited publisher in Clinical Medicine, 12th in Public Health, and 8th in Health Services Research

    Analysis of most cited publishers ranked by total citations received in 2021, 2022 and 2023, Broad Research Areas (Dimensions 2024)

  • In 2022, content published open access in our journals received 26M article views by over 17M users in over 200 countries

    Google Analytics 2023

  • 5.8M Altmetric mentions of open access articles published by BMJ

    Altmetric mentions of all open access articles published by BMJ (Altmetric 2024)

Advancing global equity in an open access world

At BMJ, we appreciate that authors from low-income countries may not have access to funds to cover their Article Processing Charge (APC) and we don’t want this to deter them from publishing open access in their journal of choice. This is why all BMJ journals offer waivers for the full Article Processing Charge (100% discount of the APC) for authors based in low-income countries.

Visit our author hub to learn about our waivers policy and how to request one.

Learn about how to publish your article open access with us

Visit our Author Hub for more information

BMJ Author Hub  


“All components of the publishing experience were among the best I have ever experienced. Peer review and copy-editing were outstanding in quality, speed and responsiveness. ”
Prof. Till Bärnighausen, Heidelberg University, Germany

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