BMJ Open - BMJ's new online-only, open access journal - has been launched. The journal will publish "all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or potentially low-impact studies".
In a move to promote greater transparency in the peer review process, all published articles include the reviewers reports, responses from the author and (where necessary) a further commentary by the reviewers. All reviewer reports include details of who has undertaken the review (name, affiliation, and contact details.)
The article-processing charge for papers accepted for publication is £1200.
All published articles are deposited in PMC and made available in UKPMC. Articles are licenced under the Creative Commons, attribution, Non-commercial licence.
Publication in BMJ Open meets the open access requirements of the Wellcome Trust and the other members of the UKPMC Funders Group.