About the journal
New journal – launching September 2016
BMJ Open Ophthalmology will launch in September 2016. The journal will have a distinct footprint in the ophthalmology and vision science community by addressing the needs of clinicians and scientists, fostering close interaction between basic, translational and clinical sciences.
The journal is offering an introductory full waiver of the Article Publishing Charge (APC) for articles submitted between 1st June and 31st August 2016. Find out more here.
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Aims & Scope
BMJ Open Ophthalmology is a new Open Access journal published by BMJ. The journal publishes high-quality articles on basic, translational and clinical science covering all aspects of ophthalmology and vision science.
BMJ Open Ophthalmology will:
- 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
We are pleased to announce that Professor Colin E. Willoughby, BSc, MBChB, FRCOphth, MD and Professor Stephen B. Kaye, BSc, MBBCh, FRCOphth, MD, are the joint Editors-in-Chief of BMJ Open Ophthalmology.
Read their introductory Editorial Facilitating a close interaction between basic, translational and clinical science: BMJ Open Ophthalmology>>
Professor Colin E. Willoughby
University of Liverpool
Professor Willoughby has a long-standing ambition and passion to apply the latest molecular biology techniques to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease. Appointed Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool and part of the corneal and glaucoma services at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital; he currently leads a group of scientists and clinicians applying functional genomics to deliver personalised medicine, to determine disease risk and progression, response to treatment, understand disease mechanisms and ultimately translate new treatments into clinical practice. The main focus of this research is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of two major worldwide blinding disorders: corneal blindness and glaucoma.
Professor Stephen B. Kaye
University of Liverpool
Professor Kaye has achieved an international reputation, contributing on national and international platforms to advance our knowledge of corneal transplantation, corneal angiogenesis, infections of the ocular surface, optical systems and the development of methods to analyse optical systems. Currently, he leads the Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Service at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is Director of The Liverpool Research Eye Bank. Professor Kaye also leads the National Microbiology Infection Group and was chair of The Ocular Tissue Advisory Group whose efforts have directly impacted on patient care and improved the standards & outcomes of corneal transplantation.
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Dr Bernhard Steger
Medical University Innsbruck
Cornea and Ocular Surface (Clinical)
Professor Stephanie Watson
Sydney Eye Hospital
Cornea and Ocular Surface (Basic Science)
Professor Darlene A. Dartt
Harvard Medical School
Dr David Yorston
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Professor Colm O’Brien
Mater Hospital School of Medicine
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Molecular Ophthalmology and Social Media
Dr Kevin Hamill
University of Liverpool
Dr Martina Angi
National Cancer Institute: IRCCS Foundation
Professor David A. Eichenbaum
Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida
Professor Jennifer I. Lim
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
Professor James Wolffsohn
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- Open Access – International reach and discoverability through our Open Access model, making articles freely available to a global audience, with the copyright retained by the author.
- Compliance with funder Open Access mandates – publishing in BMJ Open Ophthalmology enables you to fulfill the Open Access requirements of funders such as the NIH, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK, including using the CC-BY license
- Rapid publication – articles are subject to stringent peer review and fast turnaround times, ensuring prompt publication through our continuous publication model
- Trusted international brands – BMJ Open Ophthalmology maintains the scientific and international reputation of BMJ and its sister title British Journal of Ophthalmology
- High readership visibility – BMJ online platform ensures papers are discoverable; newsworthy articles are press-released
As a new journal BMJ Open Ophthalmology is not yet indexed. It is our aim to apply for indexing as soon as it is appropriate.
Manuscripts should be submitted via the BMJ Open Ophthalmology online manuscript submission site.
Your article will not automatically be transferred to BMJ Open Ophthalmology if rejected from British Journal of Ophthalmology; you can however choose this option when submitting your article through the online submissions system. Your manuscript can also be transferred to BMJ Open Ophthalmology from any other journal published by BMJ.
When submitting your article to BMJ Open Ophthalmology if rejected from British Journal of Ophthalmology. We will obtain your previous peer review records and expedite your manuscript, resulting in a reduced time to decision. Manuscripts will be evaluated separately by the BMJ Open Ophthalmology editorial team, with different criteria for acceptance. Submission to the journal does not guarantee acceptance.
Please email the editorial office at email@example.com for help or more information on submissions.
Open Access equates to unrestricted access. Open Access publishing strives to facilitate the the dissemination of research efficiently, effectively and equitably. All articles published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology are Open Access and are therefore available online in a permanent, universally accessible repository.
The Article Publishing Charge (APC) covers the costs of the publication process (which would traditionally be covered via subscription fees), including:
- Rigorous peer review through a maintained online submission system
- Production costs such as copyediting, typesetting, and preparation for online publication
- Continuous hosting of the article online, available worldwide
- Marketing efforts to increase the article’s exposure
BMJ Open Ophthalmology levies an APC that reflects the true cost of the services provided. The standard APC for an article is GBP 1,700 / EUR 2,380 EUR / USD 3,000 (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). Protocols have a discounted APC of GBP 1,000 / EUR 1,450 / USD 1,650.
**The journal is offering a introductory full waiver of the APC for articles submitted between 1st June and 30th June 2016.**
There are no submission or page charges, and no colour charges. Payment of the APC may be made online by credit card, or by bank transfer following receipt of an invoice. Unless a waiver has been granted, accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received.
Your institution may already have arranged to cover your publishing costs or you may be eligible for a discount. General information about BMJ’s Open Access Programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.
It is the journal’s policy to publish articles after the APC is received. BMJ does not refund an APC once paid.
The submitting author must confirm at the time of submission that they will organize payment should the article be accepted for publication. Prompt payment is advised as the article will not be published until payment is received.
Payment can be made through any of the following methods:
- Immediate payment online via credit card using a secure payment form as soon as the manuscript has been accepted.
- An invoice can be generated. Following receipt of an invoice, payment must be made within 30 days.
The journal is offering an introductory full waiver of the APC for articles submitted between 1st June and 30th June 2016.
BMJ Open Ophthalmology offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions based in Hinari Group A countries, and a 50% discount to authors from institutions based in Hinari Group B countries.
Check with your institution before paying the APC. Your publishing costs might be covered through the BMJ Open Access Programme, or you may be eligible for a discount. More information about the BMJ Open Access Programme, including general information on Open Access and copyright policies, is available via our author website.
Authors retain copyright. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content. The standard licence is CC BY-NC, unless the funder mandates that it should be CC BY.
Publishing in BMJ Open Ophthalmology enables you to fulfil the Open Access requirements of various funders. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content. The standard licence is CC BY-NC, unless the funder (such as the Wellcome Trust, Research Councils UK, Austrian Science Fund, FWF, etc.) mandates that it should be their preferred CC BY licence which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. NIH employees must submit a completed and signed NIH Publishing Agreement and Manuscript Cover Sheet according to NIH’s Employee Procedures.
If you received a grant to conduct your research, your first enquiry should be to whoever disburses the research funds. Much research funding is now granted on the condition that any resulting articles are published Open Access and are deposited in PubMed Central – publishing in BMJ Open Ophthalmology means that you meet both of these criteria. To help authors complete these requirements, many funders will permit payment of APCs from grants or have separate funds available.
The Open Access Directory contains a list of universities that have funds for researchers to pay APCs. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has something similar – both mainly cover US institutions and are not comprehensive. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity is a collection of universities that have pledged support to establishing durable mechanisms for underwriting the APC model. Alternatively, contact your librarian to find out what support your institution offers.
General information about BMJ’s Open Access Programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.
BMJ Open Ophthalmology is an Open Access journal allowing freely available unrestricted and immediate online access to research globally; there is no print edition. Register for email alerts to be notified when new content is available.
BMJ Open Ophthalmology aims to provide authors with a rapid peer review service. Continuous online publication ensures papers are published as soon as they are ready. All phases of the process can be tracked via our online systems.
As an online-only journal, articles are cited by their unique article number (Digital Object Identifier or DOI) instead of by volume, issue and page number.
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