Aims and scope
BMJ Open Science is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing preclinical and basic research that is close to medicine. Our mission is to improve the transparency, integrity and reproducibility of biomedical research. The scope is broad and covers the whole spectrum of preclinical and translational biomedical research.
We consider all study types that describe or are relevant to preclinical research, from study protocols through to original research articles, data descriptor articles and systematic reviews. Our editorial policies and partnership initiatives with community projects aim to help the methods, data and results that are published in BMJ Open Science be reproducible. Editors and reviewers will assess manuscripts against scientific and ethical criteria only and will not judge novelty or predict impact.
BMJ Open Science encourages proposals for themed collections of articles or special issues devoted to important and emerging topics in preclinical science related to medicine.
BMJ Open Science is wholly owned by BMJ.
|Publication Model||Continuous publication, open access|
|Indexed By||DOAJ, Google Scholar|
|Peer Review Model||Open peer review; reviewer and author are known to each other. Reviews are published online|
Journal statistics (2019)
|Time from submission to first decision||18 days|
|Time from acceptance to publication||60 days|
Rights and permissions
bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. We have a partnership with bioRxiv that allows authors to submit direct from bioRxiv and we are developing the ability for authors to deposit to bioRxiv directly from our submission system.
BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.
The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. The BMJ Publishing Group is a sponsor of its activities.
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier for researchers. We believe that connecting researchers, articles, and institutions through linked open data will have many benefits for scholarly communications. We fully support the ORCID initiative and require corresponding authors of published articles to have an ORCID identifier.
The mission of OASPA is to support and represent the interests of open access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. The BMJ Publishing Group has been a member since 2009.
BMJ Open Science is pleased to be part of the Resource Identification Initiative (RRID) .It is designed to help researchers cite key resources used to produce the scientific findings reported in the biomedical literature.