1. What are the benefits of publishing in ESMO Open?
  • Open Access – all articles published in ESMO Open are freely available to a global audience on a number of databases, with the copyright retained by the author
  • Compliance with funder Open Access mandates – publishing in ESMO Open enables you to fulfil the Open Access requirements of funders such as the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK, including using their preferred CC-BY licence
  • Rapid publication – all articles are subject to stringent peer-review and fast turnaround times, ensuring prompt publication through our continuous publication policy
  • Trusted international brands – ESMO Open maintains the scientific and international reputation of BMJ
  • High readership visibility – bmj.com hosting makes sure papers are noticed; exceptional articles are press released
  1. Is ESMO Open indexed in MEDLINE?

As a new journal ESMO Open is not yet indexed in MEDLINE; however it will apply for indexing first in PubMed Central and then MEDLINE as soon as possible after the required number of papers have been published. Once the journal is accepted for indexing, all published papers will be cited in MEDLINE.

  1. How do I submit?

Manuscripts should be submitted via the ESMO Open online manuscript submission site available here.

  1. My paper has just been rejected from Annals of Oncology, can I transfer my paper to ESMO Open?

Your article will not automatically be transferred to ESMO Open if rejected from Annals of Oncology, however, you can choose ESMO Open as an alternate journal when submitting your article.

  1. My paper has just been rejected from another BMJ Journal – will it be automatically transferred to ESMO Open?

Your article will not automatically be transferred to ESMO Open if rejected from another BMJ Journal, however, you can choose ESMO Open as an alternate journal when submitting your article.

  1. What is Open Access and an Article Publishing Charge (APC)?

Open Access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Open Access publishing strives to facilitate the development of new medicines and healthcare, by disseminating ideas and discoveries efficiently, effectively and equitably. All articles published in ESMO Open are Open Access, so are freely available online in a permanent universally accessible repository.

The 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 copy-editing, typesetting and preparation for online publication
  • Continuous hosting of the article online, available worldwide
  • Marketing efforts to increase the article’s exposure
  1. What APC applies to ESMO Open?

ESMO Open levies an article publishing charge (APC) that reflects the true cost of the publishing services provided. The standard APC for an article is 2,550 EUR (exclusive of VAT for EU and UK authors).

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. BMJ is unable to process cancellations, refunds or returns for Open Access charges.

Affiliated Societies Discount

Members of the European Society for Medical Oncology will receive an introductory discounted APC as part of their benefit package. The ESMO rate is 500 EUR. ESMO members will need to provide their membership number when submitting their article, and only members in good standing will qualify for the discount. For more information on ESMO Membership please visit the society’s website.

Members of the societies listed below are entitled to a discounted APC of 2,000 EUR. Members will be asked to confirm their membership status when submitting their article online; this will be verified with the society’s Membership Office:

  • Italian Association of Medical Oncology (AIOM)
  • Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CSCO)
  • Korean Association for Clinical Oncology (KACO)
  • Japanese Society of Medical Oncology (JSMO)
  • Russian Society of Clinical Oncology (RUSSCO)
Waivers and Discounts

Your institution may already have arranged to cover your publishing costs. General information about BMJ’s Open Access Programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available on our author website.

ESMO Open also offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions in Hinari Group A countries, and a 50% waiver to authors from institutions in Hinari Group B countries.

In recognition of reviewers’ support, any reviewer who returns a full review to ESMO Open, on time, can receive a 25% discount on the APC for a paper on which they are the corresponding author. The paper must be submitted within 12 months of completing the review.

  1. How do I pay? 

The submitting author must confirm at the time of submission that they will organise 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 by 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 raised. Following receipt of an invoice, payment must be made within 30 days.
  1. Which funding agencies allow direct use of grants to cover the APC?

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 PMC – publishing in ESMO Open 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 who have pledged their 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.

  1. How do I subscribe?

ESMO Open is an Open Access journal and is therefore free to access for anyone with an internet connection. There is no print edition.

  1. Does ESMO Open impose any copyright restrictions and who retains copyright of the Open Access articles?

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.

  1. What is the time to publication?

ESMO Open 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.

  1. How is the article cited?

ESMO Open publishes online though is assembled into issues and volumes; articles will be referenced by their unique article number (Digital Object Identifier or DOI) as opposed to a page number.

  1. How do I sign up to email alerts about articles published in ESMO Open?

You can subscribe to receive ESMO Open email alerts. Options available for ESMO Open are:

  • Electronic table of contents alerts
  • Alerts when an article is cited
  • Alerts if corrections are posted to a specific article
  • Alerts if a letter is published in response to an article

You can also sign up for RSS feeds that will update you when new content is published.

  1. Who do I contact if I would like more information about ESMO Open?

For all queries please contact the editorial office at info.esmoopen@bmj.com.