Scope


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

  • studies evaluating the impact of eHealth interventions and other technology-related innovations on individual health-related or social outcomes
  • descriptions of the design and impact of Internet applications and websites for consumers/patients or medical professionals
  • use of the Internet in the context of clinical information and communication, including telemedicine
  • web-based clinical trials (e-trials): methodological issues and results
  • use of the Internet in medical research and the basic sciences such as molecular biology or chemistry (e.g. bioinformatics, online factual databases)
  • medical information management and librarian sciences
  • e-learning and knowledge translation, online-courses, web-based programs for undergraduate and continuing education,
  • eHealth applications for public health and population health technology (disease monitoring, teleprevention, teleepidemiology)
  • evidence-based medicine and the Internet (e.g. online development or dissemination of clinical guidelines, measuring agreement about management of a given clinical problem among physicians, etc.)
  • the impact of eHealth, the Internet, or health care technology on public health, the health care system and policy
  • methodological aspects of doing "Internet research", e.g. methodology of web-based surveys
  • design and validation of novel web-based instruments
  • analysis of e-communities or virtual social networks
  • comparisons of effectiveness of health communication and information on the Internet compared with other methods of health communication,
  • effects of the Internet and information/communication technology on the patient-physician relationship and impact on public health, e.g. the studies investigating how the patient-physician relationship changes as a result of the new ways of getting medical information
  • ethical and legal problems as well as cross-border and cross-cultural issues of eHealth
  • systematic studies examining the quality of medical information available in various online venues
  • methods of evaluation, quality assessment and improvement of Internet information or eHealth applications
  • proposals for standards in the field of medical publishing on the Internet, including self-regulation issues, policies and guidelines to provide reliable healthcare information
  • results and methodological aspects of Internet-based studies, including medical surveys, psychological tests, quality-of-life studies, gathering and/or disseminating epidemiological data, use of the Internet for clinical studies, drug reaction reporting and surveillance systems etc.
  • electronic medical publishing, biomedical digital libraries, Open Access publishing, and use of the Internet for traditional scholarly publishing (e.g. collaborative and open peer review), including impact studies of different modes of knowledge dissemination
  • information needs of patients, consumers and health professionals, including studies evaluating search and retrieval behavior of patients
  • web-based studies, e.g. online psychological experiments
  • issues around e-prescribing and Internet pharmacies
  • wearable computers
  • home care and domotics technologies
  • applied bioinformatics

In addition, the Journal will publish original research, reviews, viewpoints and tutorials on related topics such as

  • Internet standards
  • cybermetrics
  • security and confidentiality issues
  • Internet demographics
  • social impact of the Internet
  • digital imaging and multimedia
  • health care records
  • high-speed networks
  • telecommunication
  • software development

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).