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Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JMIR Human Factors (JHF, ISSN 2292-9495; Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Andre Kushniruk) is a multidisciplinary journal with contributions from design experts, medical researchers, engineers, and social scientists. JMIR Human Factors focuses on understanding how the behaviour and thinking of humans can influence and shape the design of health care interventions and technologies, and how the design can be evaluated and improved to make health care interventions and technologies usable, safe, and effective. This includes usability studies and heuristic evaluations, studies concerning ergonomics and error prevention, design studies for medical devices and healthcare systems/workflows, enhancing teamwork through Human Factors based teamwork training, measuring non-technical skills in staff like leadership, communication, situational awareness and teamwork, and healthcare policies and procedures to reduce errors and increase safety.

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS ARE CONTINOUSLY BEING RECRUITED, PLEASE CONTACT jmir.editorial.office@gmail.com IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

Published by JMIR Publications, publisher of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), the leading eHealth/mHealth journal, JMIR Human Factors publishes even faster and has a broader scope with including papers which are more technical or more formative than what would be published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The JMIR Human Factors journal features a rapid and thorough peer-review process, professional copyediting, professional production of PDF, XHTML, and XML proofs (now in PMC/Pubmed). JMIR Human Factors adheres to the same quality standards as JMIR and all articles published here are also cross-listed in the Table of Contents of JMIR, the worlds' leading medical journal in health sciences / health services research and health informatics (http://www.jmir.org/issue/current).

Section Policies

General Articles on Human Factors

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

User-centred Design Case Studies

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Reviews on Human Factors

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Safety and Error Prevention in Health

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Heuristic Usability Evaluations

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Ergonomics

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Design and Usability of Medical Devices

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Design of Processes and Workflows

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Teamwork

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User Training and Skills

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Viewpoints and Opinions on Human Factors

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Methods in Human Factors Research

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Tools and Questionnaires in Human Factors Evaluation

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Usability Evaluation Case Studies

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Focus Groups and Qualitative Research with Users

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Usability of Virtual Reality Simulations

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Design and Usability of Research Instruments

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Design and Usability of Clinical Software and EHRs

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Design and Usability of Websites for Special User Groups

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User Needs and Competencies

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Theories and Frameworks in Human Factors

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Participatory Design and Participatory Research

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Discretionary Corrigenda

For corrigenda that are discretionary and a result of author-oversight (e.g. corrections in the affiliation etc) we charge a $190 processing fee to make changes in the original paper and publish an erratum. To request a correction, please submit a correction statement (text similar to http://www.jmir.org/2015/3/e76/) as new submission from your author homepage.
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Requirements Engineering

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Connected Health Symposium 2016

20% discount on the APF for presenters at the Boston Connected Health conference

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Design and Usability of Consumer Health Tech and Home Monitoring Devices

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Failure analysis

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Alarm Fatigue

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Connected Health Conference 2017

20% discount on the APF for presenters at the Boston Connected Health Conference

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Connected Health Conference 2018

$250 discount on the APF for presenters at the Boston Connected Health Conference.

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Peer Review Process

When we receive a manuscript, the Managing Editor and/or Assistant Editor and/or the Section Editor will first decide whether the manuscript meets the formal criteria specified in the Instructions for Authors and whether it fits within the scope of the journal. When in doubt, the editor will consult other members of the Editorial Board. Manuscripts are then assigned to a section editor, who sends it to 2-4 external experts for peer review. Authors are required to suggest at least 2 peer-reviewers (who do not have an conflict of interest) during the submission process. JMIR reviewers will not stay anonymous their names will be revealed and stated below the article in the event that the manuscript will be published. Authors and reviewers should not directly contact each other to enter into disputes on manuscripts or reviews.

Publication Frequency

This journal publishes articles "continuously," i.e. articles are published online as soon as they are available (peer-reviewed and copy-edited).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Copyright is retained by the authors and articles can be freely used and distributed by others. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published by JMIR Publications, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information (authors, title, journal, volume/issue, articleID), a link to the original publication (URL), as well as this copyright and license information ("Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution cc-by 4.0") must be included.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

About the Publisher

Vision

JMIR Publications is the leading ehealth publisher, advancing progress in the health, engineering and social sciences to ultimately help people to live happier and healthier lives using technology.

Mission Statement

JMIR Publications helps innovators in the health technology space to collaborate and to disseminate their innovations, ideas, and research results to the widest possible audience, in a timely manner, adding value to the quality of the work and adhering to the highest ethical and quality standards.

We achieve this by using the Internet and the latest available technologies as well as by producing conferences and social media, and other innovative knowledge translation products. We also innovate in the scholarly communication space itself, experimenting with new business models, new models of peer-review and dissemination, and new technologies.

History

JMIR Publications is a rapidly growing innovative academic publisher. It builds on the success of JMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research), which started in 1998 as a pioneering, small independent open access project hosted at a university, which subsequently grew into the most influential journal in medical informatics (ranked in Q1 by Impact Factor by Thomson Reuters as well as Scimago) and e-health services research. Due to the growth in influence and submissions, and to make the operations more sustainable and professional, the journal was incorporated as company in 2011. Shortly after incorporation, several spin-off journals were launched. Currently, JMIR Publications Inc. publishes over 1000 articles annually in over 20 journals - see Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing? for details.

Fee Schedule

Please note that an optional fast track fee is available for all journals for $450 USD.

Journal Submission Fee Article Processing Fee ** Notes
Journal of Medical Internet Research - 1 $2500 2 There is no submission fee. An APF of $2500 is payable upon acceptance.
JMIR Research Protocols - $1900 or $950

Since Nov 2014, JMIR Research Protocols no longer charges a submission fee - papers can currently be submitted free of charge. In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee (APF) will be charged to cover peer-review, copyediting and typesetting costs:

  • $950: For protocols and grant proposals, if existing grant agency peer-review reports are provided (as Multimedia Appendix or supplementary file for reviewers/editors) which are of sufficient quality so that the manuscript does not have to be reviewed in detail externally (in submission step 1, choose a submission section which says "already funded")
  • $1900: For regular articles, non-peer-reviewed/approved protocols/proposals, early reports, formative research, methods etc
JMIR mHealth and uHealth - $2500 3 JMIR mHealth and uHealth does not charge any submission fee, but there is an Article Processing Fee (APF) in case of acceptance (see Fee Schedule), to cover the costs for professional copyediting, typesetting, and deposit in various databases (PubMed Central, PubMed etc.). Note that we increased the price for submissions after Feb 5th, 2017 to account for the fact that JMIR mHealth was ranked with a very solid impact factor in 2017. Submissions before that date (including those that were submitted to other JMIR journals but subsequently transferred) are not affected by this price increase.
JMIR Mental Health - $1900 4 There is no submission fee. An APF of $1900 is payable upon acceptance. For submissions before June 15, 2019, the article processing fee is $1500.
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance - $1750 5 -
JMIR Medical Informatics - $1900 6 There is no submission fee. For submissions after Dec 8th 2018, the Article Processing Charge is $1900.
Iproceedings - Free* There is currently no Submission fee or other costs involved for the abstract/extended abstract submission.
Interactive Journal of Medical Research - $1750 7 i-JMR no longer charges a submission fee (after Dec 6, 2015). In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Human Factors - $1750 8 There is no submission fee. In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Serious Games - $1900 9 There is no submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks. There is an Article Processing Fee payable only in case of acceptance, to cover copyediting and publishing costs.
JMIR Formative Research - $1900 10 There is currently no Submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks. There is an Article Processing Fee payable in case of acceptance.
JMIR Medical Education - $1750 11 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Cancer - $1750 12 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Diabetes - $1750 13 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies - $1750 14 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Aging - $1500 15 There is currently no Submission fee but in case of acceptance there is an Article Processing Fee of US$1500 (submissions after October 2, 2018). There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks.
JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting - $1500 16 There is currently no Submission fee but in case of acceptance there is an Article Processing Fee of US$1500 (submissions after October 2, 2018). There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks.
JMIR Cardio - $1500 17 There is currently no Submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks. As an introductory offer, there is no APF for articles submitted before 30 September 2017. The APF is $1500 for papers submitted after that date. *** Special promotion - submit between 1 March and 31 March 2018 for a complete APF/APC waiver! ***
Journal of Participatory Medicine - $1500 Grant-funded research as well as research from institutions which have an institutional open access fund or other means of funding are subject to an Article Processing fee of $1500, payable in case of acceptance. All other papers (including non-funded papers by patients etc) are published free of charge.
Medicine 2.0 - $450 We currently charge no submission fee, but submission is only open to authors and works presented at the Medicine 2.0 congress (http://www.medicine20congress.org). There is no Article Processing Fee for papers submitted, starting 2013. If authors opt to have their manuscript copyedited by a professional copyeditor (this is the default and highly recommended!), a charge of $450 will be billed (up to 20 manuscript pages).
JMIR Biomedical Engineering - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Perioperative Medicine - Free There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Dermatology - Free There is currently no Submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks.
JMIR Nursing - Free* -
JMIR Challenges - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Preprints - Free There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal. After peer-review, the author can decide whether he wants to publish the paper in a partner journal (provided that the editor offers publication), which may or may not have its own Article Processing Fees, or can "publish" it on JMIR Preprints, which involves assignment of a DOI.
1For submissions in JMIR before Jul 01, 2019, the price of the Article Submission Fee is US$ 90
2For submissions in JMIR before Jul 29, 2015, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1900
3For submissions in JMU before Jun 01, 2015, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
For submissions in JMU between Jun 01, 2015 and Feb 05, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1900
4For submissions in JMH before Mar 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JMH between Mar 01, 2015 and Feb 05, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
For submissions in JMH between Feb 06, 2017 and Jun 14, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1750
5For submissions in JPH before Jun 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JPH between Jun 01, 2015 and Feb 06, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
6For submissions in JMI before Dec 08, 2018, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
7For submissions in IJMR before Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
8For submissions in JHF before Jun 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JHF between Jun 01, 2015 and Feb 18, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
9For submissions in JSG before Jan 21, 2018, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
10For submissions in JFR before Feb 04, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
11For submissions in JME before Sep 24, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JME between Sep 24, 2015 and Feb 18, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
12For submissions in JC before Oct 15, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JC between Oct 15, 2015 and Feb 18, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
13For submissions in JD before May 15, 2017, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JD between May 15, 2017 and Feb 18, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
14For submissions in JRAT before Oct 23, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
For submissions in JRAT between Oct 23, 2015 and Feb 18, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500
15For submissions in JA before Oct 03, 2018, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
16For submissions in JPP before Oct 03, 2018, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
17For submissions in JCARD before Sep 30, 2017, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

*Introductory offer

**Article Processing Fees (APFs) are only charged in case of acceptance, at the time of acceptance. In case of price increases, the submission date determines the price of the APF

JMIR Human Factors  currently charges no submission fee, and for submissions before June 1st, 2014 there is no Article Processing fee. For submissions after June 1st, 2015 there is a Article Processing Fee upon acceptance.

Our fees are comparable to or lower than the fees of other Open Access publishers.

Subscriptions (Membership)

Readers are invited to join the FREE electronic content alert service by registering here. Registered readers also receive access to a free PDF sample issue. JMIR is an open access journal - articles are available free of charge as HTML files. Frequent readers and researchers working in the ehealth field are encouraged to become a paying/supporting individual or institutional member, which provides additional benefits such as downloading articles or entire issues as PDF files, or (for some institutional memberships) Article Processing Fee waivers or discounts, to encourage faculty and students to publish in JMIR. With becoming a member you support the overarching mission of the journal, which is to improve health through prudent use of information and communication technology.

Policies on Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal rights, and Informed Consent

Conflict of Interest section should be provided, and either read "None declared", or disclose any financial and non-financial interests of any co-author in the publication. This includes any ownership or interest in the application evaluated or discussed. For papers which evaluate a specific ehealth intervention it should also be made clear if the evaluators are also the developers or creators of the intervention.

If human subjects or animals were involved, a section on IRB approval (or exemption) must be provided in the methods. For research coming from industry (without academic partners) it is advisable to have an independent ethics board from within the company discussing, approving and guiding the work.

Consistent with best practices in research, informed consent and the ability of participants to opt out should usually be provided. However, for certain types of research, informed consent cannot be obtained (e.g. analyses of Twitter postings, A/B testing of websites etc). In these cases, the investigator should comment on the criteria proposed by Eysenbach & Till (BMJ 2001) and obtain IRB approval, which is often particularly important for research with mental health e-communities.

Editorial Board Policy

Purpose: The Editorial Board is a group of outstanding individuals committed to helping JMIR to produce an excellent multidisciplinary scientific publication of the highest quality Selection criteria for EB members: Editorial Board members are appointed by the publisher (or, if one exists, Editor-in-Chief) for a 3-year-term that is renewable. Editorial Board members should have reviewed for JMIR and should have published at least one article in JMIR. Editorial Board members should not sit on editorial boards of competing journals during their term, but exceptions are possible. Nominations for Editorial Board appointments come from a variety of sources including self-nominations, the current Editorial Board, journal authors, and readers. The editorial board should constitute an appropriate interdisciplinary mix from a wide range of disciplines, including health care researchers, researchers from the engineering sciences, social sciences, and even patient representatives. EB members should be productive and respected members of the scientific community. In addition, JMIR is actively looking for consumer presentation on its board. Being an editorial board member for JMIR means that actual work is required, so EB members should have appropriate time and motivation. Main responsibilities • General advocacy for open access publishing in general and publishing high-quality work in JMIR specifically • Strategic and operational advice (unsolicited, as well as in editorial board meetings) • Guiding papers in their area of expertise through the peer-review process. Individuals interested in joining the Editorial Board should read the FAQ Article How to become an EB member.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice

Conflict of Interests section is mandatory for all manuscripts, see How does JMIR define a Conflict of Interest (COI)? for details. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author's institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion. In JMIR Med Inform, conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) employment at and/or ownership of stocks or stock options in companies whose products/apps/software were evaluated. If no conflicts exist, please write "Conflict of Interests - None declared" (place after "Acknowledgements", before the References section). For any conflicts of interests discovered after publication, the editor/publisher reserves the right to publish a corrigendum or an expression of editorial concern, and will inform the host institution.

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate IRB (Institutional Research Board, also known as REB) approval/exemption and whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. 

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

Authors should identify individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

JMIR Publications (What is JMIR Publications?) is a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). The entire publication process from submission, review, to publication, adheres to the COPE guidelines, and suspected cases of misconduct will be investigated using COPE Flowcharts.

JMIR Publications adheres to the highest professional and ethical standards in scholarly publishing - for details, see How does JMIR Publications adhere to the COPE/OASPA/WAME "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing"?.