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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

  • Our fully open access titles range from the broad scope of BMJ Open, to a portfolio of more than 70 specialty subject journals

    Access gold open access journals

  • Publish open access in the majority of our subscription journals simply by choosing our open access option upon acceptance

    Browse our hybrid journals

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

    Visit open access at The BMJ

Discover our journals in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

Gold open access journals


Hybrid journals

Explore a selection of highly cited research in this area. These articles are free to access until ??, while open access articles are freely available at anytime.

Six reasons to choose open access at BMJ

  • Nearly half of our indexed journals rank within the top 10 of their category

    Journal Citation Report 2019

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

  • We have published 31,733 open access articles, with 9,630 citations achieved in 2019

    Data taken from Dimensions and Highwire 2019

  • We are the 9th most cited publisher in clinical medicine and science, 7th in public health, and 5th in health services research

    Analysis of most cited publishers ranked by total citations received in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Broad Research Areas, Dimensions (2020)

  • In 2019, 11.9M articles were accessed by 8.9M online users from over 100 countries

    Google Analytics (2020)

  • Two million Altmetric mentions of open access articles published by BMJ

    Altmetric mentions of all open access articles published by BMJ (2020)

Open access information for authors

  • BMJ Author Hub

    Learn how we can help to get your work published, discovered, and cited

  • medRxiv

    Submit your preprints to our free online archive and distribution server

  • BMJ Open Access Agreements

    Find out what discounts you may be entitled to if your institution is part of an open access agreement 

“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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