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The following FAQs on open access provide general information on open access and how we can help to promote knowledge and speed up scientific discovery.
Open access refers to the practice of making scholarly research freely and permanently available immediately online, for anyone to access worldwide. Research output can be downloaded, viewed, shared, reused, copied and printed, within the legal requirements. The Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow for this research to be legally reused, built upon and adapted without permission or fees, as long as the author and original source are properly attributed.
BMJ is a pioneering publisher and champion of open access research. We offer a variety of open access services tailored to the needs of authors and institutions. Read more about how we support open access at BMJ.
Open access advances science and improves society as a whole. Immediate and unlimited access to latest research findings leads to accelerated breakthroughs and paves way for new innovations, which in turn results in better lives for humanity.
Open access is pivotal to BMJ’s mission of sharing knowledge and expertise to create a healthier world. We place a lot 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. Find out more about publishing open access with us.
There are many benefits of publishing open access with us. Discover the six reasons to choose open access at BMJ.
A number of models have been adopted to make research open access. The main ones are gold and green open access.
These are journals committed to the goal of transitioning to fully open research by gradually increasing their open access content in line with the open access growth targets set by cOAlition S.
Read more about BMJ transformative journals.
These are subscription journals with an open access option that is applied to individual articles. Hybrid journals allow authors to publish their research open access immediately upon payment of an article processing charge (APC).
This option is available for most of our subscription journals. Browse our list of hybrid journals.
An article processing charge is a fee paid to a publisher once an article is accepted for publication. It’s charged to authors to make their research available open access in either fully open access or hybrid journals (when an open access publication option is chosen). The fee covers costs associated with peer-review, copy-editing, hosting and promoting the article. An APC is paid for by the author or on their behalf by their institution, funder or sponsor.
Find out more about publication charges at BMJ. Our APCs vary by journal so please refer to the individual journal website for more details.
Creative Commons licenses allow individuals and organisations to create content and give permission for others to use under copyright law. There are a number of CC licences to choose from, however, most of BMJ's journals permit the reuse of articles under CC BY-NC and CC BY licenses.
Read more about open access licences at BMJ.
A preprint is a scholarly manuscript that is shared publicly before peer review. Most preprints are given a unique digital object identifier (DOI) and become a permanent part of the scientific record.
BMJ fully supports and encourages the archiving of preprints. In conjunction with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Yale University, BMJ have launched medRxiv, a preprint server for the clinical research community. Read more about preprints at BMJ.
BMJ publishes over 60 journals in the areas of medicine and allied science. Our main subject areas include Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Respiratory Medicine, Paediatrics, Sports & Exercise Medicine, and General & Internal Medicine.
Browse our list of fully open access journals and select the journal you are interested in for more information.