As soon as the paper is accepted by the editor for publication in JMIR or any of the sister journals, and any outstanding APFs are paid, the paper is sent for copyediting. We will not be able to initiate the next steps before payment has been received, and most delays occur because we have to wait for the APF payment. Pay the APF promptly and by credit card to ensure rapid publication.
The copyediting process should be completed in 2 weeks after payment depending upon various factors such as number of grammatical errors, inconsistency in references and citations, quality of figures, format of the tables, etc. It also depends upon the timely communication between the author and the copyeditor.
Meanwhile, the authors are requested to gather supporting documents such as the TOC image (with complete copyright information), JMIR license to publish forms (signed by all authors) and all valid ORCIDs.
Once the copyediting is completed, the layout editor typesets the paper within one day to 1 week and sends the galley proofs to authors for proofreading. This is also a one day step, provided that authors respond promptly. The final step is an internal proofread to ensure the quality of the paper that is going for publication.
In summary, it takes about 4-6 weeks after acceptance for a paper to be published (faster for fast-tracked papers).