Frequently asked questions

BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care FAQs

Article Publishing Charges FAQs

What is BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care?
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care is an online-only, peer-reviewed open access journal. Content focuses on all aspects of diabetes mellitus and features basic and clinical research, including cardiometabolic risk factors. Continuous publication ensures that research is posted online in an efficient manner.
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care aims to publish high-quality original articles that are deemed to be original, novel and a contribution to the literature.
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care is an official journal of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
What are the benefits of publishing in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care?
  • Open Access - articles published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care are freely available to a global audience on a number of databases, with the copyright retained by the author
  • Rapid Peer review - articles are subject to stringent peer review and fast turnaround times, ensuring prompt publication through our continuous publication policy
  • Trusted International Brand - BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care maintains the scientific and international reputation of BMJ and the American Diabetes Association
  • High Readership Visibility - Hosting on The BMJ website makes sure papers are noticed; exceptional articles are promoted through a press release
How do I subscribe?
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care is an open access journal that is free to anyone with an Internet connection. There is no subscription fee or print edition; this is an online-only journal.
How do I submit?
Please submit your paper using our online manuscript submission site. If your article was previously submitted to another journal from BMJ and was rejected, we will happily assist in transferring the files to the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care site. Please email the editorial office at for help with this. Please note: the article must not be under consideration by any other journal.
My paper was rejected from an ADA or BMJ journal. Will it automatically transfer to BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care?
No articles are not automatically transferred. Editors may recommend transfer based on the quality of your article, but you must choose to submit your article. If you decide to submit to BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, your article and peer review information will be transferred.
How are articles peer-reviewed?
Peer review is performed by a minimum of two reviewers before a decision is made, to ensure equality and speed.
What is the average time from submission to publication?
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care will provide authors with a rapid peer review service, aiming to provide the majority of first decisions within four weeks; continuous online publication ensures papers are published as soon as they are ready. All phases of the process can be tracked via through our online manuscript submission site.
How is the article cited?
As an online journal, BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care does not publish issues, only volumes; articles are subsequently referenced by their unique article number.
Can I receive email alerts regarding published articles?
Yes! Please register to receive update emails. Options include:
  • Table of contents alerts
  • Alerts when article is cited
  • Alerts if corrections are posted
You can also sign up for RSS feeds to be notified when new content is published.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please email all inquiries to the editorial office at

Open access and Article Publishing Charge FAQs

What is Open Access?
Open access publishing facilitates the development of new medicines and healthcare, by broadcasting ideas and discoveries efficiently, effectively and equitably. Content published through an open access model allows unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. All articles published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care are open access, and are freely available via the Internet.
What are article publishing charges?
An article publishing charge (APC) covers the costs of the open access publication process that are typically covered through subscription fees, including:
  • Rigorous peer review through a maintained online submission system
  • Production costs, such as copy editing and preparation for online format
  • Continuous hosting of the article online
  • Marketing efforts to increase the articles exposure
What is the APC for BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care?
The APC for BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care is£1,700 / $3,000. This one-time fee is charged after article acceptance. Submitted papers will be judged entirely on scientific validity; payment information is not requested before an article is accepted.
How do I pay an APC?
The submitting author must confirm at the time of submission that they will organize payment should the article be accepted for publication. Prompt payment is advised as the article will be published upon receipt of the APC.
Payment can be made by any of the following methods:
  • Immediate payment via credit card can be made via the online submission system using a secure payment form as soon as the manuscript has been accepted in principle.
  • Following receipt of an invoice, payment can be made by credit card, cheque or BACS transfer
Does BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care impose any copyright restrictions and who retains copyright of the Open Access articles?
Authors retain copyright. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content.
Does BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care offer discounts and waivers on APCs?
We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. The journal will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and offers a waiver to authors unable to pay on request. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions based in Hinari Band 1 countries, and a 50% waiver to authors from institutions based in Hinari Band 2 countries.
Which funding agencies allow direct use of grants to cover APCs?
If you received a grant to conduct your research, your first enquiry should be to whoever disburses the research funds.
A lot of research funding is now granted on the condition that any resulting articles are published through an open access model and then deposited into PubMed Central. Publishing in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care means you satisfy both criteria. To help authors complete these requirements, many funders will permit payment of APCs from grants or have separate funds available.
The Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK have new policies regarding open access to research they have funded which came in to effect on 1 April 2013. Publishing in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care allows you to comply with their requirements.
Visit this page for the APC policies of UK PMC funders, including the Wellcome Trust, the MRC, the NIHR, Arthritis Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The Juliet website provides a summary of policies given by various research funders as part of their grant awards.
The Open Access Directory contains a list of universities that have funds for researchers to pay APCs. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) publishes a similar list. Both lists mainly cover U.S. institutions and are not comprehensive.
Many universities now have funds available for authors to pay APCs. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity is a collection of universities who have pledged their support to establishing durable mechanisms for underwriting the APC-model. See if your university has signed here. Alternatively contact your librarian to find out what support your institution offers.
See our instructions for authors for more information.