Aims and scope

BMJ Open Ophthalmology is the online-only, open access companion to British Journal of Ophthalmology. The journal publishes high quality, peer-reviewed articles on basic, translational and clinical science, covering all aspects of ophthalmology and vision science.

BMJ Open Ophthalmology aims to:

  • Publish a broad range of articles of particular clinical, scientific, educational or surgical value on a rapid publication schedule
  • Facilitate a close interaction between basic, translational and clinical sciences through publication and fostering interdisciplinary research
  • Provide an interactive digital platform that is freely available, unrestricted and immediately accessible
  • Provoke scientific debate and clinical commentary in which the readership, authors and public can engage and contribute through social media and multimedia


BMJ Open Ophthalmology is owned by BMJ.

Editorial board

Led by Editor-in-Chief Prof Stephen Kaye, more information about the widerBMJ Open Ophthalmologyeditorial team can be found on the Editorial Board page.

Journal information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous online publication
Launch date 2016
Digital archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed Central, DOAJ, Google Scholar, Scopus
Peer review model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN 2397-3269

Journal statistics (2018)

Acceptance rate 46%
Time from submission to first decision 42 days
Time from acceptance to publication 22 days


Related Publications

The British Journal of Ophthalmology is an international peer-reviewed journal for ophthalmologists and visual science specialists. British Journal of Ophthalmology publishes clinical investigations, clinical observations, and clinically relevant laboratory investigations related to ophthalmology. It also provides major reviews and also publishes manuscripts covering regional issues in a global context. British Journal of Ophthalmology is owned by BMJ.


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