Time to first decision

13 days*

Time from acceptance to publication

19 days*



Citescore rank


2020 total content views


2020 total Altmetric mentions


Aims and scope

BMJ Open Gastroenterology is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open access gastroenterology journal, dedicated to publishing high-quality medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. It is the open access companion journal of Gut and is co-owned by the British Society of Gastroenterology.

The journal publishes all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or specialist studies. Publishing procedures are built around continuous publication, publishing research online as soon as the article is ready.


BMJ Open Gastroenterology is co-owned by the British Society of Gastroenterology and BMJ.

Editorial Board

For information about the BMJ Open Gastroenterology editorial team and the Editor-in-Chief Professor Joseph Lim, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Journal information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous
Launch date 2014
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index, MEDLINE, PubMed Central, Embase (Excerpta Medica), DOAJ, Google Scholar
Peer review model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN 2054-4774

Journal Statistics (2020)

Acceptance rate: 44%

Time to first decision: 13 days (mean)
Time from acceptance to publication: 19 days (mean)

Citescore: 3.8
Citescore rank: 60/136
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.240

2020 total content views: 114,421
2020 total Altmetric mentions: 281

The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure.

How we get these metrics

Contact information

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For Authors

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BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.