BMJ Paediatrics Open journal

BMJ Paediatrics Open is a peer-reviewed open access journal showcasing research, clinical reviews and protocols on any aspect of child health from healthcare professionals. It was launched by RCPCH and BMJ Publishing in May 2017.

Access to the journal is completely free - to review the latest or most popular articles, simply visit the BMJ Paediatrics Open website. You can also access it on our Quick links menu on this website.


BMJ Paediatrics Open publishes any clinically relevant paper that is ethically and scientifically sound from across the world. The journal has achieved indexing by PubMed Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals and Google Scholar - a credit to the young Editorial Board with members from countries including Cuba and New Zealand.

The RCPCH and International Child Health Group each has a representative.

BMJPO is a sister journal to Archives of Disease in Childhood. Unlike Archives, BMJPO is online only, and open access so freely available to anyone who has internet access throughout the world (including parents and young people). It also does not reject on priority like most traditional journals which are restricted by number of pages in a monthly paper issue.

The journal is keen to be an advocate for children's rights, publishing content such as a review of the mental health of child migrants and a systematic analysis on who perpetrates violence against children. Protocols are a popular feature, helping to enhance transparency - one example is a study protocol for a randomised control trial on treatments for appendicitis.

Submit a paper

The journal welcomes papers from clinicians and RCPCH members can save 25% on publishing charges. This discount is only applicable if the RCPCH member is the corresponding author (rather than a contributor).

Why submit?

  • Ensure your paper has the widest reach through the open access model
  • Give your work instant recognition with trusted brands, BMJ and RCPCH
  • Save time and effort with a streamlined submission process
  • Reassurance that you’re compliant with open access funder mandates

About the peer review process and how to submit a paper