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The "Journal of Medical Internet Research" (JMIR; Medline-abbreviation: J Med Internet Res), founded in 1999, was the first (and remains the only) international scientific peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of research, information and communication in the healthcare field using Internet and other eHealth technologies [see also What is eHealth and What is eHealth (2)]. This field has also significant overlaps with what is called "consumer health informatics". As the field evolves, despite having "Internet" in its title, the journal publishes original research, reviews, and viewpoint articles on the development, evaluation, and application of (Internet and non-Internet) cutting-edge e-technologies in the health care setting and high-impact health care and health systems innovations.
We also 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 and innovations 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, and as long as the connection is made explicit in the paper (e.g. medical errors etc.). These "general medical journal" type of articles must however be of extremely high quality and significance.
We are different from other medical informatics journals in that we are read by a broad readership consisting of health professionals, policy makers, consumers, health informaticians, developers, researchers, hospital and health care administrators, and e-health businesses, rather than reaching only a small medical informatics community.
We aim to become the highest-impact medical informatics journal, which, due to our reach and our Open Access policy, is an ambitious but entirely realistic goal. Articles in JMIR already have more readers than any other journal with a comparable scope, and our first official impact factor put us from zero to the second rank among 20 competing journals.
As eHealth is a highly interdisciplinary field we are not only inviting research papers from the medical sciences, but also from the computer, behavioral, social and communication sciences, psychology, library sciences, informatics, human-computer interaction studies, and related fields.
Manuscripts are invited which deal for example with
In addition, the Journal will publish original research, reviews, viewpoints and tutorials on related topics such as
Submitted manuscripts are subject to a rigorous but speedy peer review process (for details see editorial process), which can be even further sped up by a fast-track option. This review process is designed to help authors to improve their manuscripts by giving them constructive comments on how to improve their paper, and to publish only those articles which comply to general quality criteria of a scholarly paper, especially originality, clarity, references to related work and validity of results and conclusions (see also Criteria for Selection of Manuscripts).