BMJ collaborates with Vanderbilt University’s Heard Libraries to support open access publishing

New read-and-publish agreement expands the opportunity for sharing and accessing cutting-edge research

Leading global health care knowledge provider BMJ has signed a new read-and-publish agreement with the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University. The agreement allows Vanderbilt-affiliated corresponding authors to publish their primary research open access without incurring article processing charges.

In addition, the agreement grants affiliates full reading access to leading general medicine journal The BMJ and BMJ Case Reports. It also includes more than 30 specialty journals that are part of BMJ’s Premier Collection, including world-renowned titles such as Gut, Thorax, and the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Vanderbilt is a private university in Nashville, Tennessee, globally renowned for its transformative education and research.

“I’m excited to announce this agreement with BMJ, which will accelerate discoveries in health care research at Vanderbilt,” said University Librarian Jon Shaw. “The agreement will enable our authors to access key journals and to collaborate more broadly as they look to impact critical challenges on an international scale.”

As a long-standing pioneer of open access, BMJ continues to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise to create a healthier world.

Claire Rawlinson, director of strategy and transformation at BMJ, commented, “We are delighted to offer researchers at Vanderbilt access to the latest high quality, trusted health care information, as well the opportunity to publish their research open access in BMJ journals. This collaboration is another step forward in transitioning research to open access to make it widely discoverable to support policy and medical practice improvements. Together with Vanderbilt, we aim to enhance patient outcomes and contribute to the global progress of health care knowledge.”

In continuing its commitment to advancing scientific discovery, BMJ has recently renewed all existing read-and-publish deals; signed new agreements in Switzerland, Finland, the United States, and Australia; flipped its first transformative journal Evidence-Based Medicine open access (now called BMJ Mental Health); and launched two new open access journals, BMJ Oncology and BMJ Public Health.

About BMJ

BMJ promotes better scientific evidence and enables better clinical decisions and health systems through three lines of business:

  • Publishing and Events: Influencing health policy and practice and connecting communities of academics, researchers, clinicians, and funders through impactful research publications, data tools, and event delivery.
  • Careers and Learning: Empowering health professionals worldwide throughout all career stages—from exam preparation to interactive learning modules and recruitment advertising.
  • Digital Health: Supporting health care professionals in their decision-making by providing computable, trusted, evidence-based solutions at the point of care and clinical insights at the population level.

BMJ is a pioneer and champion of open access. We support and promote a future built on the principle of unrestricted access to medical research outputs, which encourages proper scientific discourse and debate and, in turn, facilitates further medical advances.

Increased access to and use of medical and scientific research through open access will create a global health care system shaped by better evidence. This new contract will benefit patients, health professionals, policymakers, and the public. Find out more at

About Vanderbilt University

Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is internationally recognized for its transformative education and research. The university’s 10 schools reside on a park-like campus set in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative culture that empowers leaders of tomorrow. In addition to offering an immersive residential undergraduate experience, Vanderbilt is deeply committed to expanding the global impact of its innovation and research as it increases opportunities for faculty, students and staff to pursue bold new ideas and discoveries. Learn more at

Find out more about Vanderbilt’s access to BMJ journals. Researchers in need of assistance should direct questions to the university’s subject librarians.

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