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A Word-template of an article compatible with journals from JMIR Publications can be downloaded from http://jmir.org/ojs/public/journals/1/InstructionsForAuthorsOfJMIR.docx. Note that the references can be in any format, as long as the in-text citations are sequentially numbered in the manuscript with square brackets and as long as the reference at the end has a PMID in the format PMID:123456. See Instructions for Authors for details.
We publish original papers, short papers, tutorials, viewpoints and reviews. Protocols should primarily be published in JMIR Res Protoc, but JPH also publishes protocols and system descriptions if they are relevant for public health and form the basis for subsequent regular Rapid Surveillance Reports (see below).
Special additional article types for JPH:
JPH is dedicated to support rapid open data sharing and rapid open access to surveillance and outbreak data. As one of the novel features we plan to publish rapid or even real-time surveillance reports and open data.
Rapid Surveillance Reports (examples) are brief reports, which primarily report new data in table format from an existing well-described surveillance system, making a methods (and sometimes an introduction) section redundant. The idea of this new article type is to allow rapid publication of emerging trends, or continuous publication in regular intervals of public health relevant data. If a method or system description has been published previously in JMIR Public Health Surveill or JMIR Res Protoc, the report does not have to be peer-reviewed again (although in many cases they still are).
The methods and description of the surveillance system may be peer-reviewed and published only once in detail, in a "baseline report" (in a JMIR Res Protoc or a JMIR Public Health & Surveill paper), and authors then have the possibility to publish data and reports in frequent intervals rapidly and with only minimal additional peer-review (we call this article type "Rapid Surveillance Reports"). JMIR Publications may even work with authors/researchers and developers of selected surveillance systems on APIs for semi-automated reports (e.g. weekly reports to be automatically published in JPHS and indexed in PubMed, based on data-feeds from surveillance systems and minmal narratives and abstracts).
Furthermore, duing epidemics and public health emergencies, submissions with critical data will be processed with expedited peer-review to enable publication within days or even in real-time.
We also publish descriptions of open data resources and open source software. Where possible, we can and want to publish or even host the actual software or dataset on the journal website.
Note that since 2014 we require that all authors / coauthors to have an ORCID (a unique researcher identifier) at the time of publication. Application for an ORCID is free of charge and only takes a few minutes - please go to ORCID.org to apply for one. We also recommend that the corresponding author contacts all of his coauthors and encourages them to obtain an ORCID during the manuscript preparation process. While they can be added after submission, ORCIDs are required in case of acceptance.
Please review our Fee Schedule prior to submission. While some of our journals do not charge any fees, some others do charge.
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.
The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) file format.
The text meets this journal's formatting requirements, in particular those summarizedin 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.
All cited webreferences (webpages, online available PDF reports) which are NOT journal articles or which do not have a DOI have been cached using WebCite (www.webcitation.org) . Instead of citing the "live" webpage/website, the author should cite the WebCite archived webpage. No URLs in the body of the manuscript are allowed - all URLs are cited as references.
References are up-to-date - note that it raises red flags if the last cited reference is more than 2 years old. It also raises questions about the papers' suitability for this particular journal if no related papers from this journal are discussed (Tip: Prior to submission search for related papers looking for title keywords).
(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.
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, 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.
Unless stated otherwise, all articles are open-access distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work ("first published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research...") is properly cited with original URL and bibliographic citation information. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://www.jmir.org/, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site by readers, authors, reviewers and others will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. Readers who sign up for content alerts (User Homepage - Profile) agree to receive an email whenever an article has been published. Occasionally we will include sponsor messages in our content alerts or send out special messages (e.g. on conferences, job ads etc) to JMIR content alert subscribers, however, we will never share our data with third parties. For our record keeping policy for authors see "Record Keeping and Research Policy".