JMIR Publishes 1000th Article on COVID-19

JMIR Publications introduced special COVID-19 theme issue in early 2020 to help authors publish coronavirus research rapidly.

(Toronto, July 20, 2021) JMIR Publications today announced the publication of its 1000th article as part of its special COVID-19 Theme Issue (e-collection), which spans across the publisher's portfolio of journals. On February 8, 2020, when the coronavirus disease was still unnamed and over a month before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic, JMIR Publications created a special COVID-19 e-collection and put out a special call for papers in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance to prioritize COVID-19 research papers, which was followed by other calls for papers spanning the entire JMIR portfolio of over 30 journals.

This milestone is a major accomplishment for JMIR Publications, as it targeted to fast track and disseminate COVID-19 research to global health care policy makers including a direct and immediate submission of accepted papers to the WHO.

“From the onset of the pandemic, JMIR Publications made it a priority to be a prime outlet of open-access research for COVID-19 clinical and public health/policy-relevant papers. We are offering a rapid submission, peer-review, and publication process, as well as rapid sharing with WHO, immediate availability on submission as a preprint, and immediate ahead-of-print availability in PubMed on the day of acceptance,” says Gunther Eysenbach, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor at JMIR Publications. 

The theme issues cover topics such as conspiracy theories and misinformation (Infodemiology, 123 articles), digital interventions such as mHealth apps for COVID (78 articles), digital contact tracing (65 articles), and telehealth (127 articles), to mental health impacts of the pandemic (155 articles) and more recently, COVID-19 vaccination topics (18 articles).

Amaryllis Mavragani, highly-cited researcher at the University of Stirling and contributor to the theme issue, says, “Commitment to quick, instructive, and open peer review has always drawn me to JMIR Publications—I was very impressed to see the same speed and quality from both the author and the reviewer perspectives during the unprecedented challenges the research community has been facing during the pandemic. Authors can always expect to receive constructive comments from expert reviewers. To me, JMIR is the publisher showing that Open Science can indeed be the future.”

JMIR Publications would like to thank all the researchers, authors, reviewers, academic editors, and staff working with us and for us, for choosing JMIR Publications and making this theme issue possible.

The theme issue remains open for submissions. To learn more about the Call for Papers on COVID-19 research, click here.

Notable and highly cited articles in this theme issue include:

About JMIR Publications

JMIR Publications is the leading, born-digital, open-access publisher of academic journals and other innovative scientific communication products that focus on medicine, health, and technology. Its flagship journal, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the leading digital health journal globally in terms of quality and visibility in the medical informatics category and is the largest journal in the field.