Open Access Publishing in The British Student Doctor

We publish content under a fully open access system, with no authorship charges. This means that authors of articles appearing in The British Student Doctor don't have to pay anything to have their work published, whilst all content is freely available to any reader without subscription. You can find out more about are stance on the importance of open access publishing in our blogpost.


When submissions are made to the journal through our online journal platform, all authors will be required to sign a ‘copyright assignment agreement’, which will give The British Student Doctor the sole copyright ownership of the work. If publication of the manuscript is subsequently declined by the journal, then this assignment of copyright will be immediately nullified. If the submission is subsequently accepted for publication, including if minor revisions are requested, however, then the agreement will be considered irrevocable.


Subject to the assignment of copyright, the journal will publish the author’s work according to the following conditions:

  • All individuals reported as authors of the work must meet the ICMJE criteria for authorship. The list of authors must be complete, and no individual who has the right to be considered as an author of the work should be omitted.

  • The work must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission, nor at any time during the editorial process of The British Student Doctor. The work must not have been previously published elsewhere, in any form.

  • The authors must only assign to The British Student Doctor intellectual property for which they have the legal rights to assign. Any aspect of the work which is not owned by the authors must be made clear, and appropriate permission for publication in The British Student Doctor must have been sought and agreed.

  • All works published in the journal will normally be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 4.0 International License, that will allow others to share the work as long as an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in The British Student Doctor is made.

  • Subject to the Creative Commons license, authors will be fully permitted to distribute the journal's published version of the work through any authorised means (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or use it for teaching purposes), provided authors acknowledge its initial publication in the journal.

  • All authors agree to indemnify The British Student Doctor, its publisher and its editorial team against any claims or expenses arising from a breach in the ‘author’s warranty’, as detailed in the copyright assignment agreement and pre-submission article checklist. This includes, but is not limited to, any violation of any existing copyright or other third party rights, or the publication of any material of an obscene, indecent, libellous or otherwise unlawful nature.