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BMJ Open Ophthalmology is an online-only open access journal that aims to operate a fast submission process with continuous publication online, to ensure that timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. The journal adheres to a rigorous and transparent peer review process and adheres to the highest ethical standards concerning research conduct.


Editorial policy

BMJ Open Ophthalmology adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately.

As an open access journal, BMJ Open Ophthalmology adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content and authors retain copyright; please refer to the the BMJ Open Ophthalmology Copyright Author Licence Statement.

As the author you may wish to post your article in a PrePrint service, institutional or subject repository or a scientific social sharing network. For more information on author self archiving and rights to reuse content – which are dependent on the licence you have obtained – please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page.

Article publishing charges

BMJ Open Ophthalmology is an open access journal and levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) of 1,700 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). Protocols have a discounted APC of 1,000 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, colour or page charges.

No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions. Accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received. BMJ does not refund APCs once paid.

As one of the founding members of the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, we provide free access to all of our journals, and journals archive to local, not-for-profit institutions in low income countries. In addition, we appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs and we offer waivers through our Open Access Waiver Fund. We will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and we offer waivers to authors in exceptional circumstances, on request.

For more information on open access, funder compliance, discounts and waivers please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.


Peer review

Articles submitted to BMJ Open Ophthalmology are subject to peer review. The journal operates single blind peer review whereby the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author; this is the traditional method of reviewing and is the most common. For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – your papers journey.

BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer-review process in research publication; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.

BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.


Manuscript transfer

BMJ has the facility for transferring manuscripts among their ophthalmology and other BMJ journals. Authors submitting to the British Journal of Ophthalmology can choose BMJ Open Ophthalmology as an ‘alternate journal’.

Once authors agree for their manuscript to be transferred to another BMJ journal, all versions of the manuscript, any supplementary files and peer review comments will automatically be transferred on the author’s behalf. Please note that there is no guarantee of acceptance. Contact the editorial team for more information or assistance.


Open Data

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to include a data sharing statement when submitting their article. The statement should explain which additional unpublished data from the study – if any – are available, to whom, and how these can be obtained. At present there is no major repository for clinical data, but Dryad has declared its willingness to accept medical datasets. Authors can start the deposition process while submitting to any BMJ journal. Dryad provides authors with a DOI for the dataset to aid citation and provide a permanent link to the data. Note that Dryad hosts data using a CC0 licence so authors should check that this is suitable for the data that they are depositing. The DataCite organisation has a growing list of other repositories for research data. Authors that agree to share their data are eligible for a 25% discount on the Article Publishing Charge.


Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process and promoting your paper.

Original Research

Original Research should include the following:

  • Title – include the research question and the study design
  • Keywords – up to four
  • Structured Abstract – include the following headings “Objective”, “Methods and Analysis”, “Results” and “Conclusion”
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

The abstract should be followed by a key messages box which outlines the significance of the study. This should address the following questions:

  • What is already known about this subject?
  • What are the new findings?
  • How might these results change the focus of research or clinical practice?

Authors are encouraged to submit their original data as supplementary files.

Abstract Style/Limit: Structured; 250 words
Word Limit: 4,000
Figure/Table Limit: 5
Reference Limit: 100


Protocol

Protocol manuscripts should report planned or ongoing studies. The journal will consider any study design, including observational studies and systematic reviews.

  • Title – include the study design
  • Structured Abstract – include the following headings “Introduction”, “Methods and Analysis”, “Ethics and Dissemination” and “Trial Registration Number”
  • Introduction
  • Methods and Analysis
  • Ethics and Dissemination

Review

These are mainly commissioned.

Abstract Style/Limit: Unstructured; 250 words
Word Limit: 4,000
Figure/Table Limit: 5
References: 100


Editorial

These are mainly commissioned.

Abstract Style/Limit: none
Word Limit: 2,000
Figure/Table Limit: 2
Reference Limit: 25


Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate