JMIR Publications

JMIR Mental Health

Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JMIR Mental Health (JMH, ISSN 2368-7959) focusses on Internet interventions, technologies and digital innovations for mental health, addictions, online counselling and behaviour change.

Published by JMIR Publications, publisher of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), the leading eHealth/mHealth journal (Impact Factor 2016: 5.175), JMIR Mental Health 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.  

JMIR Mental Health journal features a rapid and thorough peer-review process, professional copyediting, professional production of PDF, XHTML, and XML proofs (deposited in PubMed Central/PubMed), and an ipad App (in prep.). JMIR Mental Health 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

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Substance Abuse

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Depression and Mood Disorders

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Bipolar Disorders

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Smoking Cessation

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Behavior Change

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Viewpoints and Opinions on Mental Health

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Theory and Frameworks in Mental Health

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Methods and New Tools in Mental Health Research

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Dementia

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Alcoholism

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Psychotic Disorders

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Mobile Health in Psychiatry

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Reviews in Digital Mental Health

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Innovations in Mental Health Systems

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Users' and Patients' Needs for Mental Health Services

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Technology in Psychiatry/Clinical Psychology Training and Education

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

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Problematic Internet Use, Online Gambling and Game Addiction

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Couple's Therapy and Relationship Counseling

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Gender Dysphoria and Transgender Issue

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Eating Disorders

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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

The following are some common forms of anxiety with their associated ICD-9-CM code: • Generalized anxiety disorder (300.02) — involves six months of persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry. • Panic disorder (300.01) — may have a sudden onset causing apprehension, fear, or terror. Physical symptoms may include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or chest pain, causing a person to think he or she is having a heart attack. If the panic attack is associated with agoraphobia (fear of places or situations where someone feels trapped or helpless), assign code 300.21. • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (300.3) — involves persistent, recurring thoughts/impulses (obsessions) and ritualistic actions (compulsions). This is different than obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (301.4). • Posttraumatic stress disorder (309.81) — occurs after a severe emotional or physical trauma and involves the feeling that the person is reexperiencing this traumatic event. • Acute stress disorder (308.3) — includes similar symptoms to posttraumatic stress disorder but occurs immediately after a traumatic event. • Social phobia (300.23) — a person may experience anxiety when exposed to certain social events and desires to avoid the situation. • Other phobia (300.2x) — anxiety when exposed to a specific object or situation and the desire to avoid it. • Alcohol-induced anxiety (291.89) • Drug-induced anxiety (292.89) • Separation anxiety (309.21) — occurs when a child is separated from his or her parents.
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A disorder characterized by the presence of persistent and recurrent irrational thoughts (obsessions), resulting in marked anxiety and repetitive excessive behaviors (compulsions) as a way to try to decrease that anxiety. (ICD-10 F42)
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Internet Interventions (ISRII delegates) Theme Issue 2014

As in previous years, JMIR will produce a theme issue (e-collections) of the best ISRII papers. For previous examples see for example http://www.jmir.org/themes/41 (ISRII Theme Issue 2012) http://www.jmir.org/themes/130 (ISRII Theme Issue 2013) We have published many papers in the area of Mental Health (see e.g. http://www.jmir.org/themes/64). Reacting to feedback from the ISRII community after we suggested to make JMIR the official journal of ISRII we have recently launched a sister journal, JMIR Mental Health (http://mental.jmir.org/), which currently offers publication free of charge, and which is tailored to the needs of the ISRII community. Another new journal which publishes articles free of charge is JMIR Human Factors (http://humanfactors.jmir.org/) which may be suitable for usability evaluations. JMIR Research Protocols (http://researchprotocols.org) publishes proposals, protocols, and formative/pilot evaluations, and JMIR mHealth (http://mhealth.jmir.org/) and JMIR Serious Games (http://games.jmir.org/) (the latter also has no submission or article processing fees) are further options for papers in these respective areas. Regardless of which journal you choose, it will show up in the ISRII Theme Issue 2014 (as it is an e-collection of papers from various JMIR journals).
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Internet Interventions (ISRII delegates) Theme Issue 2016

As in previous years, JMIR will produce a theme issue (e-collections) of the best ISRII papers. For previous examples see for example http://www.jmir.org/themes/41 (ISRII Theme Issue 2012) http://www.jmir.org/themes/130 (ISRII Theme Issue 2013) We have published many papers in the area of Mental Health (see e.g. http://www.jmir.org/themes/64).
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Diagnostic Tools in Mental Health

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Insomnia

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Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

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Panic Disorder

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Virtual Reality Interventions in Mental Health

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Consumer Education and Learning for Mental Health

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Mental Health Games

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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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Personal Perspective

APF $350 or free for patients / 600 words. See http://mental.jmir.org/announcement/view/127 - Personal perspectives will outline the opinions and views of leaders in the field (including industry and patients) and offer a forum to share evolving ideas. We welcome in particular the discussion of or personal experiences with new tools, methods, apps, devices, or personal experiences about the role of technology in mental health. We will aim to publish one personal perspective per month and thus expect we will not be able to publish all potential submissions. In keeping with JMIR’s innovative publishing model, we encourage patients to submit their perspectives on mental health and technology. Editors
  • John Torous
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Guest Editorial (by invitation only)

Guest editorials will be invited by the editor and feature the perspectives of important researchers, clinicians, policy leaders, and patients. Editors
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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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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.

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to this journal on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).

Archiving

JMH uses LOCKSS and will also be archived in Pubmed Central (application pending). The LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system ensures a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it. 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 $90 $2500 1 -
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 2 JMIR mHealth and uHealth does not charge any submission fee, but there is a US$1900 Article Processing Fee (APF) in case of acceptance, to cover the costs for professional copyediting, typesetting, and deposit in various databases (PubMed Central, PubMed etc.).
JMIR Medical Informatics - $1500 JMIR Med Inform currently charges no submission fee. For submissions after August 2014 there is an Article Processing fee of US$1500 in case of acceptance.
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance - $1750 3 -
Interactive Journal of Medical Research - $1500 i-JMR no longer charges a submission fee (after Dec 6, 2015). In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee of $1500 will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs.
JMIR Mental Health - $1750 4 There is no submission fee. For papers accepted after March 1st, 2015, JMIR Mental Health charges an Article Processing Fee of US $1500 in case of acceptance (papers submitted to JMH before March 1st 2015 are exempt).
Iproceedings - Free* There is currently no Submission fee or other costs involved for the abstract/extended abstract submission.
JMIR Human Factors - $1500 5 -
JMIR Serious Games - $1500 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. Since 2015, as the journal is now PubMed-indexed, there is an Article Processing Fee of US$1500 payable only in case of acceptance, to cover copyediting and publishing costs.
JMIR Medical Education - $1500 6 -
JMIR Cancer - $1500 7 There is no Submission fee, but for submissions after Oct 15th, 2015, there is an Article Processing Fee of $1500.
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies - $1500 8 There is no Submission fee, but for submissions after Oct 22nd, 2015, there is an Article Processing Fee of $1500.
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 Diabetes - $1500 9 There is currently no Submission fee but in case of acceptance there is an Article Processing Fee (submissions after May 15, 2017)
JMIR Biomedical Engineering - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Cardio - Free 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. As an introductory offer, there is no APF for articles submitted before 31 July 2017.
JMIR Preprints - $50 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, and requires a nominal fee of $50.
JMIR Challenges - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
1For submissions in JMIR before Jul 29, 2015, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1900
2For 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
3For 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
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
5For submissions in JHF before Jun 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
6For submissions in JME before Sep 24, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
7For submissions in JC before Oct 15, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
8For submissions in JRAT before Oct 23, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
9For submissions in JD before May 15, 2017, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)
10For submissions in JCARD on and after Jul 31, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) will change to US$ 1500

*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

There is not submission fee. For papers subitted after Feb 5th, 2017, JMIR Mental Health charges an Article Processing Fee of US $1750 in case of acceptance (papers submitted before that date including those submitted to another journal before that date and transferred to JMH after that date are charged $1500).

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

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

A 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.