Why publish with BMJ Journals?
BMJ Journals publishes high quality, high impact journals serving the medical and scientific communities, publishing across the general medical specialties, with top ranked journals, and more niche publications that cater for specialist communities.
We are committed to our authors and truly believe that our journals are only as good as the articles they contain. That’s why we work hard to support the authors who trust us to publish their work.
We listen to our authors so publishing with BMJ Journals not only provides you with a wide range of benefits, it also helps future authors as we use your feedback to improve our services.
- Fast decision times
- Quick time to first decision – often within three weeks of submission.
- Rapid publication
- Most accepted articles are published online in their final form (copyedited, typeset and proofed) and fully citable, approximately three weeks from acceptance.
- Simple online submission system
- All our manuscripts are dealt with through our efficient and easy to use online submission system.
- Track your article
- You can track your article through the peer review process in ScholarOne manuscripts and through the production process through our secure online system “Publishing at Work”.
- Open access option
- You may choose to have your article published under a Creative Commons licence by paying our optional Open Access fee. We deposit all OA content with PubMed Central on your behalf.
- No compulsory charges
- There are no submission or page charges regardless of the length of your article (authors for BMJ Case Reports must have an annual Fellowship).
- Free colour images
- You can opt to have your images published in colour in the online version for free; many journals also offer free colour in print.
- Free online only supplementary data
- Provide enhancements to your article through additional data (figures and tables, methodology, references, raw data, etc) which will be published online only and linked with the printed article.
- Liberal reuse rights
- The majority of authors retain copyright for their articles – our standard licence allows liberal reuse rights. You can download and share your published article with co-authors and other colleagues. See the permissions page for further information.
- Highlighted articles
- Each Editor chooses an article from each issue to be the ‘Editor’s choice’, which is free to access, adding valuable exposure to the article. These are often accompanied by a commissioned editorial or even a podcast to help put the research into context for our clinician readers.
- Usage statistics
- You can track how many times your article has been accessed and we also highlight the most downloaded articles each month.
- Online reach
- We know that people have limited time and often access content on the move; all our journal sites have a mobile-optimised version and we use social media, podcasts and blogs to highlight your work.
- Reprint sales royalty
- We return 10% of net revenue on commercial reprint sales over £2,000 to you (for sales within five years of publication).
- Author reprints
- We offer an inexpensive author reprint service – and authors are given toll-free links to their articles to share with their peers.
- Active media relations
- We have a dedicated PR office which issues press releases for selected content and helps authors deal with the media. We have an excellent track record of getting research into the lay media around the world through our database of more than 3,000 journalists.
Recent survey results
- 68% of authors said that BMJ Journals was their first choice
- 87% of authors said that they were satisfied with communication with the Editorial office
- 81% of authors were satisfied with the speed to final decision
Publishing statistics for BMJ Journals
We endeavour to process your papers as quickly as possible and have some of the best lead times for peer review and publication. We support you by publishing your research quickly, efficiently and painlessly.
For specific journal statistics, please visit the relevant journal site.
- Time from submission to first decision:
- Average of 31 days to first decision, ranging from 21-40 days.
- Time from acceptance to online publication (edited and typeset version):
- Average of 20 days, ranging from 10-30 days.
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