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Authors sometimes have to meet publication deadlines, e.g. for promotion & tenure or thesis defense, grant proposals, spending of research funds before a certain deadline, publication of follow-up papers. As described in the Instructions for Authors, JMIR now offers an innovative fast-track submission and publication option in which editorial and production processes are expedited. Expediting our processes requires extra resources and generates additional costs, which we need to pass on to authors. Note that the actual review process (including the deadline for reviewers) remains the same. For submitting authors this is entirely optional - if they do not wish to pay for an extra fast peer-review and publishing process, they submit their paper normally as described in the Instructions for Authors.
If authors opt to "expedite" their paper (pay for fast-track review and premium publishing), they are guaranteed to receive
How to expedite a paper and pay the FTF
In order to have their paper fast-tracked, authors pay - in addition to the regular submission fee (JSF) - an additional non-refundable Fast-Track Fee (FTF) after submission (see Fee Schedule). This can be done using any major credit card (VISA/Mastercard for payment through Psigate, any other card or payment method for payments through Paypal).
FTF payment can be done
In both cases, the clock for the editorial decision deadlines will begin ticking on the day after the payment.
Terms & Conditions (the fine-print)
Please note that what you "purchase" with the fast-track fee is our promise that we will make an initial editorial decision within 3 weeks or 15 working days (Saturday and Sunday, as well as major US, European, and Canadian bank holidays are not counted as working days, as is the period from Dec 23 - Jan 1 of each year) from the day we have both received the FTF or the article (whatever comes later), and that we will produce (copyedit, XML markup) and publish the article within 4 working weeks after acceptance and payment of the FTF and article processing fee.
Not included in the 3 week / 4 week turnaround time is time you may need to revise the article according to the reviewers comments, and the period from Dec 23 - Jan 1 of each year. Undue delays on the part of the authors in responding to editorial requests may lead to additional delays. The time needed for re-reviews (i.e. the time between submission of a revised version and final acceptance) are also processed faster than normal, but these do not count towards the 15 working day and 4 week time limits.