JMIR Research Protocols publishes protocols and grant proposals from all areas of medicine, but we are particularly interested in protocols, proposals, and ongoing studies in the areas of innovation and technology in health. In fact, we are trying to be the most complete repository of ongoing studies in this area.
- Publishing your protocol or grant proposal with JMIR Research Protocols creates an early scientific record of your novel methodologies, software, and/or innovations.
- Your published protocol will facilitate subsequent review and publication of your study results in other journals, as it demonstrates that the methodology has been carefully developed and been peer-reviewed, and your protocol can be easily referenced.
- In a push to enhance transparency, some journals (such as the Annals in Internal Medicine) now require protocol publication (in addition to registration).
- Protocol publication enhances transparency of research, reduces publication bias, prevents selective publication and selective reporting of research outcomes, prevents unnecessary duplication of research efforts, helps patients and the public to know what trials are planned or ongoing into which they might want to enroll, and helps giving ethics review boards considering approval of new studies a view of similar work and data relevant to the research they are considering.
- Another major advantage of publishing your protocol or grant proposal with JMIR Research Protocols is that you will receive a 20% discount on the Article Processing Fee (APF) for a subsequent publication of the full study results in any JMIR journal, including the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) or JMIR sister journals (e.g. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, JMIR Medical Informatics, JMIR Mental Health, JMIR Cancer, JMIR Public Health etc), which is a $300-500 value. See Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing? for a list of all eligible journals. Thus, the fee to publish in JMIR Res Protoc almost pays for itself.
- If you submit to JMIR Research Protocols and upload existing peer-review reports (e.g. from the granting agency) as supplementary files, then the peer-review process will be painless (as your protocol/proposal is already peer-reviewed) and fast, and we will publish the protocol for a 50% discounted APF (a $950 saving).
- We employ professional copyeditors, and all submissions are immediately deposited in PubMed Central as open access full text, will be in Pubmed, and all authors retain the copyright.
- Protocols and grant proposals can be submitted in any format (though we encourage to follow the SPIRIT guidelines)
- JMIR Publications experiments with the combination of protocol/proposal publication and a crowdfunding widget. Funds raised through the widget can be used to cover future publication costs. Publishing the protocol may pay for itself.
JMIR Res Protocols is compatible with the concept of "Registered Reports" (a new-ish term by the Center for Open Science, see external link and below) which emphasizes the importance of the research question and the quality of methodology by conducting peer review prior to data collection.
This format is designed to reward best practices in adhering to the hypothetico-deductive model of the scientific method. It eliminates a variety of questionable research practices, including low statistical power, selective reporting of results, and publication bias, while allowing complete flexibility to report serendipitous findings.
"Because the study is accepted in advance, the incentives for authors change from producing the most beautiful story to the most accurate one."
--Chris Chambers, Professor at Cardiff University, Chair of the Registered Reports Committee supported by the Center for Open Science
What is unique about the JMIR Res Protoc's unique take on Registered Reports is that the reports are published as protocols/proposals in a separate journal, and the author/editor can pick from the wide range of JMIR journals the best journal that fits the story (see also Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing?).
Please let us know if you have any questions, or start the submission process at http://www.researchprotocols.org/author (in the submission process in step 1 please make sure that you choose a section that says “funded” to get the 50% discount).
We look forward to your submission and feedback.
Are you looking for a rapid decision because you wish to cite your ongoing or pilot work in a grant proposal?
- JMIR Res Protoc does not only publish accepted proposals or protocols, but also formative work, in-progress work, pilot studies, methods etc., which are useful to be cited in grant proposals.
- consider fast-tracking your paper (How to fast-track (expedite) a paper and what are the benefits?)
- make your submission available as Preprint (What are JMIR Preprints?). When you submit a paper to a JMIR journal, select "Open Peer-Review" as an option (What is open peer-review?). Your paper will then get a DOI and is immediately after submission citable as Preprint, which many grant agencies such as NIH or MRC now encourage.
- When should I publish my protocol/proposal/methods paper? Is there a policy against publishing a protocol after data collection?
- What should I put into the results section of a protocol or proposal?
- Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing?
- Why do authors love publishing in JMIR journals and are happy with the publishing experience?
- How to become an author at JMIR
- Why is JMIR Publications a "leading publisher"?
- I love JMIR journals - how can I become involved?
- What is an Impact Factor?
- When is a grant proposal or protocol eligible for the 50% discount on the APF?