Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
54 days*
Time from acceptance to publication:
24 days*
Impact Factor:
Impact Factor rank (JCR):

Aims and scope

British Journal of Ophthalmology is an international peer-reviewed journal for ophthalmologists and visual science specialists that publishes clinical investigations, clinical observations, and clinically relevant laboratory investigations related to ophthalmology. Main features include articles on both clinical and laboratory sciences, up-to-date major reviews, editorials, education articles and letters. The 'Innovations' section features papers on surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic innovations. British Journal of Ophthalmology is BMJ's flagship ophthalmology journal and has an open access companion journal, BMJ Open Ophthalmology.
For information about the British Journal of Ophthalmology editorial team and the Editor-in-Chief, Frank Larkin, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

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Journal information

British Journal of Ophthalmology is owned by BMJ
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer review model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 9%
Speed Time to first decision without review: 5 days (median) Time to first decision with review: 54 days (median) Time from acceptance to publication: 24 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor category: Ophthalmology Impact Factor (JCR): 4.1 Impact Factor rank:  12/62 5 Year Impact Factor: 4.3 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.94 Eigenfactor: 0.01928 Citescore: 9.9 Citescore rank: 6/130 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 1.733
Reach 2023 total content views: 779,116 2023 total Altmetric mentions: 1,774
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

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