Instructions for authors
BMJ Open Respiratory Research is an open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated exclusively to publishing respiratory and critical care medicine research. The journal aims to provide rapid publication of research across a range of medical disciplines and therapeutic areas in respiratory medicine, through a continuous publication model.
Submissions should be made through our online submission system. All submissions are subject to peer review and will only be published after peer review. Articles should not be under review, or submitted for review, with any other journal when submitted to BMJ Open Respiratory Research. This includes other BMJ Group journals.
Authors retain copyright; articles are published under a Creative Commons licence.
Article publishing charges
BMJ Open Respiratory Research levies an article publishing charge that reflects the true cost of the services provided. The charge (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors) is £1700/US $3,000. There are no submission or page charges, and no colour charges. There is a £50 surcharge for invoicing authors; unless a waiver has been granted, accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received.
We aim to publish articles online approximately 25 days from submission to online publication. BMJ Group are unable to process cancellations, refunds or returns for open access charges.
Waivers and discounts
We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. The journal will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and offers a waiver to authors unable to pay on request. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions. BMJ Open Respiratory Research offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions based in Hinari Band 1 countries, and a 50% waiver to authors from institutions based in Hinari Band 2 countries. In recognition of reviewers' support, any reviewer that returns a full review, on time, can receive a 25% discount on article publishing charges for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review.
All articles will be subject to the BMJ Group's high standards of ethics and transparency. See the following links for general BMJ Group policies.
Peer review process
All articles published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research will have been sent for external peer review. Reviewers will not be asked to judge importance or breadth of appeal. Readers will be able to make these judgements for themselves. We recommend you use our instructions for reviewers as a checklist to ensure that your article is complete.
Full papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate. The abstract should not exceed 300 words. We recommend your article does not exceed 4000 words, with up to five figures and tables. This is flexible, but exceeding this will impact upon the papers 'readability'. Supplementary and raw data can be placed online alongside the article, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers. We also recommend, but do not insist, that the discussion section is no longer than five paragraphs.
Authors are encouraged to submit figures and images in colour - there are no colour charges.
At upload you would be asked to choose one subject area that applies to your article - it will be published under this banner on the main table of contents. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to help identify reviewers.
Review articles will address any aspect of respiratory or critical care medicine. Prior discussion with the Editor is recommended. Accepted reviews are subject to the same article processing charges as research articles.
Unstructured Abstract: up to 200 words
Word count: up to 3000
Tables/illustrations: up to 5 images and tables
References: up to 100
All review articles are subject to peer review and editorial approval.
The BMJ Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements. 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 BMJ Group 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. All supplements are fully peer-reviewed. For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).
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