ESMO Open: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of publishing in ESMO Open?

  • Open Access – all articles published in ESMO Open are freely available to a global audience, 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 ESMO and BMJ
  • High readership visibility – bmj.com hosting makes sure papers are noticed; exceptional articles are press released

How do I submit?

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

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.

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

Open Access means unrestricted online access to research. 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

What Article Publishing Charge applies to ESMO Open?

ESMO Open levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) that reflects the true cost of the services provided. The standard APC for an Article is EUR 2550, GBP 1700, USD 3000 (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU 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.

ESMO Members: you will receive an introductory discounted APC. Rates consist of EUR 500, GBP 400, USD 600.

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 the BMJ author website.

Unless a waiver has been granted, accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received. We aim to publish articles online within approximately 30 days following acceptance. BMJ does not refund APCs once paid.

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.

Does ESMO Open offer discounts and waivers on the APC?

We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. The journal will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and offers a waiver to authors unable to pay on request. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions.

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

Members of the European Society for Medical Oncology will receive an introductory discounted APC as part of their benefit package. Rates consist of EUR 500, GBP 400, USD 600.

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 the BMJ author website.

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 PubMed Central – 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 the BMJ author website.

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.

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.

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 the online systems.