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.

For information about the British Journal of Ophthalmology editorial team and the Editors-in-Chief (Keith Barton, James Chodosh and Jost Jonas) please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

British Journal of Ophthalmology is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal information

Ownership British Journal of Ophthalmology is owned by BMJ
Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1917
Digital Archive LOCKSS
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
Impact factor  3.611 (JCR 2019); rank 9/60 journals in Ophthalmology
Citescore 6.8 (Scopus 2019); rank 8/116 journals in Ophthalmology; 3/40 in Sensory Systems; 25/84 in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Peer review model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 0007-1161
Online ISSN 1468-2079

Journal statistics (2019)

Acceptance rate 17%
Time from submission to first decision 19 days
Time from acceptance to online publication 17 days

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