Resources for authors
In these pages we hope to provide authors with tools and advice to put together the best possible article. Some instructions are specific to RMD Open; some advice is more general. For technical instructions on how to format and submit your article, see our instructions for authors.
How can I maximise my chances of being published?
RMD Open will publish submissions judged to be technically sound after peer review. Asking yourself these five questions will help maximise your chances of a successful submission.
- Does my research fall within the journal’s aims and scope?
- Is the research question clear?
- Is the study design appropriate?
- Is the study valid?
- Is the research presented correctly?
Where can I find more general advice?
The following links provide more detailed information on how to perform and report research.
General advice on designing, carrying out and reporting research
Authors’ Submission Toolkit: A practical guide to getting your research published
How can I pay the Article Publishing Charge?
RMD Open, like many open access journals, works on the ‘author pays’ principle. If accepted for publication, authors will be asked to pay an Article Publishing Charge (APC). This is to cover the costs of making everything we publish free from any form of subscription: costs include administering the peer review process, production (typesetting and proofreading), continuous hosting of the content online, and marketing the content to increase exposure for authors.
RMD Open APC
Funding agencies that may cover the APC
APC discounts and waivers
Data management and sharing
RMD Open supports the idea that all appropriate datasets should be placed in open repositories.
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. 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.