Why publish with BMJ?

Journals from BMJ publish 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 us not only provides you with a wide range of benefits, it also helps future authors as we use your feedback to improve our services.

Author benefits

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, 2-3 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.
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.

Statistics about publishing with BMJ

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:
Time to first decision (no review) = 10 day average
Time to first decision (with review) = 53 day average
Time from acceptance to online publication (edited and typeset version):
Average of 16 days, ranging from 10-30 days.

Recent survey results

  • 68% of authors said that BMJ 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

Visibility and Abstracting / Indexing

Whatever your research we have a place for you to publish. You can choose our general medical journals (The BMJ, BMJ Open, Postgraduate Medical Journal) or one of our specialty titles. We also welcome your original, interesting and novel cases in BMJ Case Reports. You can opt to have your research transferred to another BMJ Journal should it be rejected from your first choice.

We also publish a series of secondary publication journals highlighting the best evidence in internal medicine, mental health, nursing and therapeutics.


BMJ uses sophisticated search engine optimisation to make sure our content is ranked highly in Google and Google Scholar searches. We also syndicate the content in BMJ's Specialty Portals and International Editions as well as to third parties including Medscape, Ovid, and EBSCO.

Speciality Portals
The BMJ Speciality Portals highlight relevant content in specific areas from BMJ’s specialist journals and The BMJ. There are also links to the latest relevant jobs, plus BMJ Learning modules and discussions from doc2doc, BMJ’s clinical community for doctors worldwide.
As an author this is just one of the many ways that your paper will receive exposure if you publish with BMJ.
International Editions
Local editions have been published by BMJ for over 20 years and we currently publish almost 50 local editions. They are a way to extend our content to doctors and healthcare professionals who would normally not access the print or online journal for a variety of reasons. We work with local editors and publishers in many territories with the majority of local edition distribution funded by sponsorship.  In most cases these are published in print with interest building for online versions.
For an author, the benefit of these editions is extended exposure of your article. It may be translated or republished in English and either the full text will be published or the abstract. The editions drive traffic back to our journal websites where the viewer will be able to view the full article.
We help you to make your data available online (and linking it back to the publication) providing a new pathway for others to learn about your work through topical searches. There is a demonstrated correlation between the availability of a dataset linked to a journal article and that article's citation rank. All data packages and data files you deposit will receive persistent, resolvable Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) that can be used in a citation as well as listed on your CV. When you re-use your data, or when others use your data it will be cited in the same way that an article would be.

Abstracting / Indexing

The majority of our titles are indexed by all the major abstracting and indexing services such as:

  • BIOSIS Previews
  • Excerpta Medica (Embase)
  • Index Medicus (Medline/PubMed)
  • Science Citation Index

Please visit the individual title to see a full list of abstracting/indexing for that particular journal.