JMIR Publications

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Journal of Medical Internet Research

Mission Statement

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR; Medline abbreviation: J Med Internet Res) is the leading international peer-reviewed journal dealing with all issues of health, health care and medicine in the age of the Internet.

JMIR aims to publish papers that help physicians, researchers and consumers to understand critical issues in medicine and health care in the Internet age. Worldwide, health care is in dire need of being reinvented and reengineered, and eHealth approaches are a critical component in this process. We publish original research that help to stimulate research and debate around eHealth applications and the associated change processes. e.g. report the application, development, and evaluation of information technology in medicine and health care, as well as proposals, reviews, and opinion papers on standards, policies, and legal and ethical issues of eHealth.

A competent editorial board employs a rigorous and constructive review process, assuring the quality of published papers. The acceptance rate for non-solicited articles is currently about 30-40% (see homepage for real-time data on current acceptance rates).

JMIR is also among the pioneers of a new generation of open access (OA) medical journals, supporting free and unrestricted access to research information on the Web. This publishing model is becoming increasingly popular among researchers, who have learned that open access articles are more visible and more frequently cited than articles published in obscure subscription-based journals. An often overlooked fact is that JMIR was actually one of the first open access journals, preceding BMC and PLoS journals. It was also the first independent electronic-only journal indexed on Medline. JMIR has developed strategies and tools that helps other journals to move to an open access model, and now also acts as publisher and consultant for other journals.

JMIR is also a founding member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

Further information on the scope and mission of the journal can be found in the Scope statement and in the (historic) first Editorial, available at (J Med Internet Res 1999;1(1):e5).

Note however that the scope of JMIR is now broader than originally described in the first editorial, in that we see ourselves as a forum for debate and research on broader ehealth issues (as defined here), rather than just "Internet in Medicine". We will therefore also consider submissions reporting or commenting on important developments that have nothing or little to do with "the Internet", as long as the underlying problems and ideas can be addressed by information and communication technologies.

Scholars interested in publishing their work in JMIR are urged to carefully read the detailed Instructions for Authors of JMIR before submission. Please make sure that you understand that by submitting and publishing work in an open access journal, submission and publication fees have to be paid, unless your institution is a supporting member. Authors usually cover these from their research funding (much as they pay registration fees for conferences from their grants).