BJA Open News

BJA and BJA Open Simplify Manuscript Submission Process

The BJA and BJA Open are pleased to announce that effective immediately authors are free to submit manuscripts with fewer formatting restrictions as a single Word or PDF file as described in our updated Instructions to Authors. Following our usual rigorous peer review process, we will then ask authors of revised manuscripts to provide separate editable files suitable for the production process. Working closely with our publisher Elsevier, we have decided to adopt their Your Paper Your Way platform to improve the submission experience for our authors by not requiring strict journal-specific files and formatting for the initial manuscript review. This change makes the submission process easier by focusing on the quality of the science at the initial stages of submission, with more specific requirements reserved for manuscripts in the revision process.

BJA Open – Launch Offer - “23 for free”

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To celebrate the launch of BJA Open we are pleased to announce our “23 for free” offer in which the Article Publishing Charge (APC) is waived for authors of the first 23 papers submitted to and published in BJA Open who do not already benefit from institutional or research funder agreements to pay the APC. We chose the number 23 to herald preparations to celebrate the centenary of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, which was first published in 1923.

The BJA and Elsevier are delighted to announce the launch of a new Open Access journal, BJA Open

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Edited by Professor Phil Hopkins, BJA Open publishes high-impact original work in all branches of anaesthesia, critical care, pain medicine and perioperative medicine including fundamental, translational and clinical sciences, clinical practice, technology, education and training and case reports. The distinguishing feature of BJA Open is its gold open access publishing option using an Article Publishing Charge (APC) model.

The journal welcomes the following types of paper: original research articles (clinical investigations/laboratory investigations/pilot studies), review articles (narrative reviews/systematic reviews/meta-analyses), guidelines, case reports, clinical trial protocols, quality improvement studies, and correspondence.

To submit a paper, please visit the journal’s Editorial Manager site:

BJA Open – Editor-in-Chief Announcement

Phil Hopkins
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On behalf of the BJA and Elsevier, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Hopkins as the new Editor-in-Chief for BJA Open.

Phil Hopkins, MD FRCA is Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Clinical & research interests include malignant hyperthermia, exertional heat illness, perioperative allergy and regional anaesthesia.

BJA Open will complement and expand upon our existing BJA and BJA Education titles by providing a new high-quality, forward looking online only gold open access publishing option using an Article Publishing Charge (APC) model.