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A Word-template of an article compatible with journals from JMIR Publications can be downloaded from http://jmir.org/ojs/public/journals/1/InstructionsForAuthorsOfJMIR.docx. Note that the references can be in any format, as long as the in-text citations are sequentially numbered in the manuscript with square brackets and as long as the reference at the end has a PMID in the format PMID:123456. See Instructions for Authors for details. .
As a service for our authors we offer the possibility to have a submission considered in other journals, e.g. manuscript and peer-review reports may be transferred to a JMIR sister/partner journal, if the paper is not found suitable for publication in JMIR, but is publishable in another journal. These journals include e.g. i-JMR, JMIR Res Protoc, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, JMIR Medical Informatics, JMIR Human Factors, JMIR Mental Health, JMIR Public Health, JMIR Cancer and others. The submission fee for that partner journal (if any) will be waived, and transfer of the peer-review reports may mean that the paper does not have to be re-reviewed. Authors will receive a notification when the manuscript is transferred, and at that time can decide if they want to pursue publication in a sister/partner journal. If authors do NOT wish an automatic transfer to an alternative journal after rejection for JMIR, this should be noted in the cover letter.
Our requirements for submitted manuscripts are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, drawn up by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (JAMA 1997;277:927-934 ). Please read these Uniform Requirements first, then read our complementing guidelines given below. The journal editor is member of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME, www.wame.org), and the Journal of Medical Internet Research is committed to adhere to WAME's principles. The Journal of Medical Internet Research also supports and acts in line with the Editorial Policy Statements of the Council of Science Editors (http://www.cbe.org/services/draft_approved.cfm [Archived in WebCite]).
Instructions for Authors of JMIR
The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) is an innovative, international, peer-reviewed medical journal that aims to contain articles relevant for medical professionals, system developers, and system users alike. Instructions for authors are subject to frequent revision. Please look them over carefully before submission. See Instructions for Authors for further details on how to format your manuscript.
Note that since 2014 we require that all authors / coauthors to have an ORCID (a unique researcher identifier) at the time of publication. Application for an ORCID is free of charge and only takes a few minutes - please go to ORCID.org to apply for one. We also recommend that the corresponding author contacts all of his coauthors and encourages them to obtain an ORCID during the manuscript preparation process. While they can be added after submission, ORCIDs are required in case of acceptance.
Please review our Fee Schedule prior to submission. While some of our journals do not charge any fees, some others do charge.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
The submission has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor. Related/overlapping published or submitted work will be uploaded as supplementary files so reviewers and editors can determine the degree of overlap with previous/other papers under consideration. Salami slicing of research is discouraged.
The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), or RTF document file format.
The text meets this journal's formatting requirements, in particular those summarized in the Author Checklist found in Instructions for Authors. The text employs italics, rather than underlining or bold as emphasis; with figures and tables (portrait only, no landscape format) placed within the text, rather than at the end. Additional information has been put in separate files to be uploaded as Multimedia Appendix.
I have read and understood the fee schedule. In particular, I understand and agree that unless my department/organization is a institutional member BEFORE submission (see dropdown-list in step 1 of the submission process), I/my department will be billed for the article processing fee (see Instructions for authors) in case of acceptance. PLEASE MENTION IN THE COVER LETTER ON SUBMISSION THAT YOU 1) AGREE TO PAY THE APF, OR 2) IF YOU THINK THAT THE APF SHOULD BE WAIVED DUE TO MEMBERSHIP OR FOR ANY OTHER REASONS. Journal sections marked with * may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction under certain circumstances (must be justified in the comments field for the editor on submission). APFs may not apply for article categories marked with * (check instructions for authors). ** Special fees (in particular a submission fee) apply for research protocols and grant proposals. Note that the APF will also be billed if the author retracts the manuscript after acceptance, or if a case of scientific misconduct prevents us from publishing a manuscript after acceptance.
Please note the price increase for JMIR in July 2015.
All cited webreferences (webpages, online available PDF reports) which are NOT journal articles or which do not have a DOI have been cached using WebCite (www.webcitation.org) . Instead of citing the "live" webpage/website, the author should cite the WebCite archived webpage. No URLs in the body of the manuscript are allowed - all URLs are cited as references.
References are up-to-date - note that it raises red flags if the last cited reference is more than 2 years old (Tip: Prior to submission search for related papers looking for title keywords or browse through related themes).
(please check this checkbox even if you do not wish to fast-track as an indication that you read this). I understand that if I wish to fast-track the paper, I will pay the Fast-Track-Fee immediately after submission (a payment link will be provided after submission) or at a later stage. The FTF guarantees an editorial decision within 15 working days (see website for further instructions)
I understand that all author names and their affiliations for the final publication will be taken from the database (metadata form), not the submitted manuscript, thus all author names must be entered in the metadata form during submission. Authors may remove author names from the manuscript if they prefer blind review. All coauthors have been/will be entered in the metadata form, and all coauthors fulfill ICMJE criteria in that they made 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.
P-values are reported in accordance with our instructions for authors.
Since 26 Oct 2006, we now require payment of a US$ 90 submission fee for ALL articles EXCEPT letters or invited articles. Paypal or credit card immediately after submission. Authors will not be able to complete the submission process without payment. This fee cannot be waived (only exception: invited articles), needs to be paid also by institutional members, and is non-refundable. This fee is in addition to other potential fees such as the optional fast-track fee (FTF) and the article processing fee (APF) for non-members. Authors should understand that the submission fee is non-refundable, even if the manuscript is quickly rejected without peer-review (we do send out the majority of papers for peer-review, but we reserve the right to reject papers without peer-review for any reason, including the topic not being deemed interesting enough, which is a subjective decision by the editor).
Authors agree that the manuscript and peer-review reports may be transferred to a JMIR sister/partner journal (e.g. i-JMR, JMIR Res Protoc, JMIR mHealth, JMIR Human Factors and others), if the paper is not found suitable for publication in JMIR, but is publishable in another journal. The submission fee for that partner journal (if any) will be waived, and transfer of the peer-review reports may mean that the paper does not have to be re-reviewed. Authors will receive a notification when the manuscript is transferred, and at that time can decide if they want to pursue publication in a sister/partner journal. If authors do NOT wish an automatic transfer to an alternative journal after rejection for JMIR, this should be noted in the cover letter.
Unless stated otherwise, all articles are open-access distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work ("first published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research...") is properly cited with original URL and bibliographic citation information. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://www.jmir.org/, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site by readers, authors, reviewers and others will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. Readers who sign up for content alerts (User Homepage - Profile) agree to receive an email whenever an article has been published. Occasionally we will include sponsor messages in our content alerts or send out special messages (e.g. on conferences, job ads etc) to JMIR content alert subscribers, however, we will never share our data with third parties. For our record keeping policy for authors see "Record Keeping and Research Policy".