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BMJ is a champion of open access as a way to promote knowledge and accelerate discoveries. We continue to support the transition of research articles to open access and comply with funder mandates.

A Transformative Journal (TJ) as defined by Plan S is a subscription or hybrid journal that is actively committed to transitioning all its research content to open access. TJs proactively promote open access while ensuring that all authors can continue to publish in them, regardless of their funding provision.

In 2024, 32 BMJ journals continue to have Transformative Journal (TJ) status by cOAlition S.

Access 2024 targets for our TJs.

What authors need to know?

As BMJ transitions to open access for research, we continue to support authors by offering multiple options for publication, regardless of their funding situation:

  • Gold open access

    Authors pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) levied upon acceptance, and the article will be available to everyone immediately upon publication.

  • Free publication (not open access)

    Authors do not have to pay to publish, and articles are made available to subscribers.

  • Open access agreements

    A number of institutions have open access agreements with BMJ which can either cover the whole cost of open access publishing for authors at participating institutions or can allow authors to receive a discount of the Article Processing Charge (APC). Visit BMJ’s open access agreements page to find out whether your institution is a member and any discounts you may be entitled to.

BMJ will also continue to offer waivers and discounts to authors who might not have access to funds to cover their Article Processing Charge (APC). Find out more in the waivers and discounts page on our Author Hub.

Learn more about the benefits of publishing open access and why you should choose open access at BMJ.

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