JMIR Publications is a leading open access academic publisher based in Toronto, Canada
We are the leading open access publisher focussing on technology and bioengineering in health, and are expanding into other areas. Our mission is to reinvent research communication through grassroots, researcher-driven innovation in every aspect of peer-reviewed publishing, making use of Internet, social media, and mobile technologies, and we are currently expanding into other science domains. We are also doing research and development to innovate in the field of e-publishing and Knowledge Translation.
To expand our journal portfolio (see also: Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing?) we are continuously looking for gaps in the journal market, societies interested in creating new journals or looking for a new publisher, and visionary and highly regarded scientists, to lead the creation and development of new journals in emerging disciplines and rapidly expanding research areas (primarily working at the intersections between technology and medicine).
Building on the JMIR brand, possible new titles could include JMIR Bioinformatics, JMIR [fill in a discipline here], or society/individual titles without the JMIR branding in the title.
What are the advantages of publishing with JMIR Publications?
Working with JMIR Publications as partner has several advantages:
- strong brand recognition in particular in medical fields intersecting with technology and participatory medicine
- cascading of manuscript from/to other JMIR journals to help with the initial article draught which new unranked/unindexed journals often struggle with
- support through a professional publishing staff including editorial assistants and managing editors (who can assist with managing peer-review)
- production support with in-house copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, and PubMed Central (PMC)-ready NLM-compliant XML files
- use of groundbreaking technologies such as automated reviewer-identification/assignment and automated reference-checking during the production process (RefCheck)
- PubMed indexing (guaranteed once accepted for PMC)
- indexing in other databases and application for Journal Impact Factor etc.
- access to a huge network of potential authors and reviewers (we have over 50.000 eHealth experts in our database)
- promotion at conferences and through other channels including social media (>13.000 followers on Twitter)
- various Innovations, Knowledge Translation/Dissemination Add-Ons for our authors and editors
- flexible co-ownership and/or revenue sharing models for society-owned journals
- all the advantages of working with a small/medium-sized publisher who is "mission-driven", i.e. passionate about research and less interested in maximizing profit
RFPs or New Journal Proposals from Societies
JMIR Publications is happy to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), RFIs or proposals from scientific/medical societies or other organizations looking for a new publisher for their existing assets/journals, or conversion of subscription journals to open access journals, or contemplating a new journal (RFP should contain the elements of a journal proposal listed below). Assets may also include databases or other innovative products.
Please file your inquiry or RFP/RFI with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Process for New Journal Ideas from Potential Editors-in-Chiefs
Proposed / self-nominated editors-in-chief must be highly regarded and cited individuals (evidenced by their list of publications and their h-index, generally at least 15-20) and must have a clear vision for their journal, including a solid plan to solicit editorial board members and the first 25 submissions.
Ongoing tasks will be to guide submissions through the peer-review process, (light) academic editing of submissions, and liaising with the JMIR production team. An honorarium/stipend may be paid.
(Note: for potential editor-in-chiefs, a good start or alternative to a new journal proposal would be to guest edit a theme issue for one of our existing journals, see How to become a guest editor of a theme issue, or to self-nominate as EB member of EiC of our existing journals)
Elements of a Journal Proposal
The application process (which can be done by a society or an individual) consists of developing a journal proposal.
Please develop and submit a journal proposal, containing for example:
- A short bio of the editor in chief, and a list of the most cited publications (e.g. screenshot from Web of Science, Google Scholar, or Scopus), preferably ranked by the number of citations, showing the h-index of the applicant (e.g. first 20 publications which are cited more than 20 times = h-index of 20).
- Name of the future journal ("JMIR [Discipline]" or an independent or society title not building on the JMIR brand)
- Scope and mission of the journal
- An estimate of the "market" size in terms of how many papers per year in this discipline are published, with projections (e.g. please search PubMed). We are primarily interested in growing disciplines
- List competitor/similar journals and their impact factors, and how the new journal would distinguish itself from them
- Example titles for 10-20 articles to be published
- A list of future possible editorial board members
- A clear plan on how to solicit the first 25 papers for the new journal
- A list of other publishers you may have contacted or are in negotiation with (and their terms, and what you like or dislike about them, if applicable)
- Why is JMIR Publications a "leading publisher"?
- Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing?
- How to become a guest editor of a theme issue
- I am chairing/organizing/am involved in a conference/workshop. How can I work with JMIR Publications
- I love JMIR journals - how can I become involved?
- What are the forthcoming theme issues?