Editorial Board Members versus section editors
While pre-2018, all EB members also had section editor privileges, we are in the process of distinguishing better EB members who act in an advisory role (Editorial Board member only, to attend EB teleconferences 1-2 times annually) from EB members who actually take on manuscripts (EB members with Section Editor privileges).
In the application form there is now a radio button where applicants can distinguish between these roles.
For most journals published by JMIR Publications, we are continuously accepting applications from senior scientists to join the editorial board and/or to act as section editors. Generally, for most journals you should hold a PhD, MD or engineering degree, or similar higher degree and have a publication track record (h-index>8).
While there are always exceptions (in particular for new journals, where the editor-in-chief recruits inaugural EB members), the usual route is to first become an author (How to become an author at JMIR) and a peer-reviewer for JMIR journals (How can I become a peer-reviewer and what are the qualifications required?).
Ideally you should have academic editing experience or guest edited journal issues.
If you don't fulfill these requirements (yet), you can still apply to guest edit a theme issue - usually this is a great first step to gain experience as editor (see How to guest edit a theme issue).
We remunerate our section editors by "karma credits" (worth up to $70-$100 per paper guided through peer-review, as well as additional cash honoraria for acquisition editors when they compile a theme issue (with recruiting authors for it).
In addition, our editors-in-chief (EiC) are paid cash honoraria once certain targets (number of submissions) are met.
Application as EB member or EiC
- Read our EB policy by following the "Editorial Board Policy" link in the footer of each JMIR journal (example: EB Policy for J Med Internet Res)
- then apply as EB member for any journal using this application form if you meet the requirements above.
You can be an ad-hoc section editor of multiple journals, but primary EB member of only one journal. Chances for acceptance are higher if you apply for a journal which has currently a small EB or a new journal with no EB yet.
To apply as guest editor for a theme issue, see How to propose a theme issue.