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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) 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 an 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 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.
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.