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Open Access Publishing Agreements: British Medical Journals

Discover the current open access publishing agreements in place, allowing options for publishing research open access at no cost to the author.

Agreement details

This agreement gives current staff and students at participating institutions the ability to make their articles accepted for publication in BMJ’s Standard Collection journals, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC).

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2026.
OA quota per year: unlimited.


Instructions for authors

Eligible authors: the corresponding author must be a current staff member or student of a participating institution at the time the article is accepted for publication. The corresponding author must ensure their correct affiliation details are known to the publisher at this time. 

Eligible article types: Original research articles (original articles reporting on primary research) only.

OA publishing license: eligible articles will be published under a CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC 4.0. Some journals require a CC-BY-NC license (unless a CC-BY license is mandated by funders). Journals requiring a CC-BY-BY license can be found here.