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Open Access: BMJ (British Medical Journal)

A guide to Open Access at the University of Huddersfield

BMJ (British Medical Journal)

The BMJ open access agreement covers the publishing fees in any of the participating journals from BMJ’s Standard Collection for corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Huddersfield who publish original articles based on primary research funded by UK Research and Innovation, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust.

To be eligible under this agreement articles must have an acceptance date between 1.1.2023 - 31.12.2024 and meet the following Author, Journal, Funder and Article type criteria.


Eligible Authors

To be eligible, individuals must have an affiliation with the University of Huddersfield. This includes students who are enrolled at or accredited to the institution, as well as teaching and research staff who are employed by or otherwise accredited to the University. In the case of articles with multiple authors, only the corresponding author can qualify as an Affiliated Author.

The corresponding author must be responsible for managing the publication process of an article, from submission to post-acceptance, and must be the one who corresponds with the Publisher.

Authors must use their University of Huddersfield email address and ensure they select the correct affiliation from the drop-down search during the submission process.

Please note: papers with corresponding authors who are honorary, visiting or NHS members of staff without a contract of employment will not normally be eligible to use this agreement.


Eligible Funders 


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council 
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 
  • Economic and Social Research Council 
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 
  • Medical Research Council 
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council 
  • Natural Environment Research Council 
  • Research England 
  • UK Research and Innovation 

Wellcome Trust: 

  • Wellcome Trust 

Medical Charities: 

  • Blood Cancer UK 
  • British Heart Foundation 
  • Cancer Research UK 
  • Innovate UK 
  • Parkinson’s UK 
  • Versus Arthritis


Eligible Journals

The eligible article must be published in one of the following hybrid journals. 

  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • Archives of Disease in Childhood
  • ADC: Education & Practice
  • ADC: Fetal & Neonatal
  • BMJ Quality & Safety
  • British Journal of Ophthalmology
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Journal
  • BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Frontline Gastroenterology
  • Gut
  • Heart
  • Injury Prevention
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Medical Humanities
  • Journal of Clinical Pathology
  • Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Journal of Medical Genetics
  • Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
  • Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
  • Practical Neurology
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Thorax
  • Tobacco Control

Fully gold open access journals are not included in this agreement.

If you're unsure on the eligibility of a title please contact the Open Access Team.


Eligible Article Types

Only original research articles (original articles reporting on primary research) are eligible.


Licence options 

CC BY only. Please contact with any licence questions.


Rights Retention Statement position    

For authors outside of this Jisc agreement, where funding is not available to make a funded VOR available on a CC-BY licence, BMJ will strive to find a way to make open access possible. This might be via a waiver of the APC charge or gold OA, or via the green route (as per the Rights Retention Strategy) but BMJ will need to consider each article on a case by case basis depending on the author, the journal, and the institution. We ask authors to make a request upon submission. 


Submission Checklist
Criteria All must apply
Affiliated to the University of Huddersfield at the time at which the article is accepted
You are the corresponding author and linked to the grant holding or funding institution
The research is funded by UK Research and Innovation, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust.
The selected journal is an eligible Hybrid title (see above)
The article type is eligible (see above)
You used your University email address during the submission process
You selected the 'University of Huddersfield' as your institution during the submission process
You have acknowledged any funders
You have chosen an appropriate CC-BY licence to comply with funder requirements


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