Acceptance Rate


Time to first decision with review

60 days*

Time from acceptance to publication

21 days*

Aims and scope

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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.

Editorial Board

For information about the BMJ Open Science Editor-in-Chief Dr Emily Sena and her editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


BMJ Open Science is wholly owned by BMJ.

Publication Model Continuous publication, open access
Launch date 2017
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed By Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), PubMed Central, DOAJ, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Open peer review; reviewer and author are known to each other. Reviews are published online
Online ISSN  2398-8703

Journal Statistics (2021)

Acceptance rate: 18%

Days to first decision with review: 60 days (median)
Days to first decision without review: 2 days (median)
Days from acceptance to publication: 40 days (median)

2021 total content views: 18,291
2021 total Altmetric mentions: 296

The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure.

How we get these metrics

Contact information

For all contact information please refer to the contact us page.

For authors

Please refer to the instructions for authors.

For reviewers

Please refer to the instructions for reviewers.

Rights and permissions

All articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY). This means articles can be reproduced and distributed freely however work must be cited. Authors remain the copyright holders of their articles.

Copyright and Permissions Guidelines


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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.

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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.

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The mission of the Center for Open Science is to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research. BMJ Open Science authors may receive open science badges from the Centre for Open Science that acknowledge open practices.

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All BMJ Open Science articles are licensed using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work. See our open access page for more details.

Equator Network logo

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 ID logo

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.

OASPA logo

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.

Protocols IO logo

Protocols.io are an open access repository of science methods. BMJ Open Science encourages authors to use protocols.io which aims to ensure work is linked, discoverable, and reproducible.

Research Resource Identification logo

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.