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BMJ Global Health is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open access journal that aims to operate a fast submission process with continuous publication online, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. The Journal adheres to a rigorous and transparent peer-review process and all papers will be considered on the basis of ethical and methodological soundness rather than their novelty, significance, or relevance to any particular group.


Editorial policy

BMJ Global Health 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 Global Health 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 Global Health 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 Global Health is an open access journal and levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) of 3,000 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors).  The APC for Protocols, Analysis papers, Practice Papers, Editorials and Commentaries is 1,500 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.

Waivers & Discounts

We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. In certain circumstances, the journal will accept part-payment where only limited funds are available. We expect authors to explore all funding sources before applying for a waiver or discount. The expectation is that authors from high-income countries will pay the full APC for their papers, enabling waivers and discounts to be offered to unfunded authors from low- and middle-income countries.

If you wish to claim a waiver or discount please do so before submitting your paper by emailing the Editorial Office with full details of why you are claiming. Your request will be considered by the publishing team and the editors will not be informed of the decision. Acceptance of an article is not influenced by the author’s ability to pay. Learn more about BMJ’s .

Your institution may already have an arrangement with BMJ to cover some or all of your publishing costs. Click here to find out.

BMJ Global Health offers waivers on the APC for papers reporting work conducted in HINARI Group A or B countries and whose authors are at institutions in HINARI Group A or B countries. For HINARI Group A there is a 100% waiver; for HINARI Group B there is a 50% waiver. Please note that in order for the HINARI waiver to apply, all named authors on the paper must be affiliated with institutions in HINARI Group A or B countries and have no access to any funds (institutional or personal) to support publication.

BMJ Global Health offers a 25% discount to peer reviewers who submit a paper to the journal within 12 months of their most recent review. A discount code for the APC will be provided upon its acceptance.

Peer review

Articles submitted to BMJ Global Health 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.


Data sharing

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to include a data sharing statement when submitting their article. The statement should explain what 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. Please 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.

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.

Research paper

Research papers address specific questions and/or social phenomena in depth, and in such a way that speaks to and connects with the findings of other studies addressing the same question and/or phenomenon. The question and/or phenomenon under inquiry must be clearly articulated, preferably framed in terms of major global health issues or debates, and with analysis (especially of qualitative data) informed by social science theories, in defining the research question, framing the analysis, organising the results and/or reflecting on the findings.

Full papers (including systematic reviews) should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate. There is an online data repository for extra information, tables, figures and appendices. However, we would encourage as much methods and data to be contained in the manuscript as possible.

All research on human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate ethics committee and must have conformed to the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki. A statement to this effect must be included in the methods section of the paper.

We encourage the use of the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines for reporting of sex and gender information in study design, data analyses, results and interpretation. This includes the correct use of the terms sex (when reporting biological factors) and gender (when reporting identity, psychosocial, or cultural factors) and separate reporting and interpretation of the data by sex and gender. If sex and/or gender information are not reported, this should be explained. See SAGER guidelines and Sex and gender reporting in global health: new editorial policies.

Authors should also complete a summary box explaining the significance of their study by providing each of the following key questions:

What is already known?
What are the new findings?
What do the new findings imply?

The answer to each key question should be in the form of two to three single sentence bullet points. The above headings must be used. Please add this in the manuscript file following the abstract.

Word count: up to 5000
We recognise that some studies may need more space. Requests to exceed this word count should be made to the Editor before submission. Requests will need to be justified, and will be handled on a case by case basis.
Structured or unstructured abstract: up to 300 words
Structured abstracts should have the following headings:
– Introduction
– Methods
– Results
– Conclusion
Key questions: see above
Tables/illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 100
Article Publishing Charge GBP 3000


Analysis paper

Analysis papers are submitted and invited papers which discuss topical issues in global health, and may involve the analysis of new or existing data or an evaluation of the existing evidence on a topic. We look for an engaging style, an even-handed approach in evaluating evidence, a lucid line of argument, and a worthwhile conclusion.

Authors are advised to keep a broad readership in mind and to write their article for the non-expert. It is important to avoid jargon. Specialised terminology and references to organisations or practices that are specific to one country need to be explained. Clear writing and an attractive presentation are essential

Analysis articles should have an introduction and a conclusion segment, with the main body of the article divided into thematic headings. Authors should not use abbreviations in the headings, nor any of the traditional headings used in research papers (i.e. methods, results/findings, and discussion).

Authors should complete a summary box with three to four single sentence bullet points of key messages.

Word count: up to 3000
Unstructured abstract: up to 250 words
Summary box: see above
Tables/illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 50
Article Publishing Charge GBP 1500


Practice paper

Practice papers describe the experience of addressing challenges, including the evaluation of field experience specific to a community, sub-national or national setting. We look for an engaging style, a clearly articulated problem, sufficient contextual detail and insight to help address similar problems elsewhere, and a worthwhile conclusion. We encourage policy makers and implementers to publish in this category, using data from programs which were not set up as research, but from which they have learned and gain much insight that can be useful elsewhere.

Authors are advised to keep a broad readership in mind and to write their article for the non-expert. It is important to avoid jargon. Specialised terminology and references to organisations or practices that are specific to one country need to be explained. Clear writing and an attractive presentation are essential.

Practice articles should have an introduction and a conclusion segment, with the main body of the article divided into thematic headings. Authors should not use abbreviations in the headings, nor any of the traditional headings used in research papers (i.e. methods, results/findings, and discussion).

Authors should complete a summary box with three to four single sentence bullet points of key messages.

Word count: up to 3000
Unstructured abstract: up to 250 words
Summary box: see above
Tables/illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 50
Article Publishing Charge GBP 1500


Editorial

Editorials are usually commissioned or written by BMJ Global Health Editors and Editorial Board members. Commissioned editorials critically discuss original research papers highlighting important issues and identifying areas where more information is needed. However, we are happy to consider unsolicited editorials on any relevant topic. Editorials may be peer reviewed and an invitation to submit will not guarantee acceptance.

Word count: up to 1500
Tables/illustrations: 2
References: up to 15 references
Article Publishing Charge GBP 1500


Commentary

Commentaries are highly readable and compelling opinion based essays addressing issues of broad concern in global health, particularly issues related to policy decisions globally or in specific countries. The best commentary pieces make a single, strong, novel, and well-argued point. They are also often topical, insightful, and attention grabbing. Commentaries may also be written in response to articles previously published in BMJ Global Health. Commentaries may be peer reviewed.

Authors are advised to keep a broad readership in mind and to write their article for the non-expert. It is important to avoid jargon. Specialised terminology and references to organisations or practices that are specific to one country need to be explained. Clear writing and an attractive presentation are essential.

Authors may choose to use headings in the article, and when they do, the commentary should have an introduction and a conclusion segment, with the main body of the article divided into thematic headings. Authors should not use abbreviations in the headings.

Authors should complete a summary box with three to four single sentence bullet points of key messages.

Word count: up to 1500
Summary box: see above
Tables/illustrations: 2
References: up to 15 references
Article Publishing Charge: GBP 1500


Correspondence

Letters to the Editor in response to articles published in BMJ Global Health should be submitted electronically by using the ‘Response’ tab on the article and clicking ‘Compose a Response to this Article’. All eLetters will be reviewed by the Editor and, if appropriate, shared with the authors of the original article. Publication of eLetters is not guaranteed and is subject to BMJ’s terms & conditions for electronic letters.

Word count: up to 500 (Longer responses to articles published in BMJ Global Health may as be submitted as Commentaries but should be discussed with the Editor first)
Tables/illustrations: 1
References: 5
Article Publishing Charge: None


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