British Medical Journal Open!

I was a bit surprised but at the same time glad to see the details about the upcoming (autumn, 2010) BMJ Open, an open access journal of the BMJ Group.

BMJ Open is an open access journal for general medical research.

Not only will the journal publish traditional full research reports, including small or low-impact studies, but we intend to shed light on all stages of the research process by publishing study protocols, pilot studies and pre-protocols. The journal will also place great emphasis on the importance of data sharing; raw data will be linked to at its repository or hosted online as supplementary material wherever possible.

Authors will be asked to pay article-processing charges on acceptance, although waivers will be available on request. The ability to pay will not influence editorial decisions; payment requests will be made on acceptance.