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JIM is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality original research and reviews. The journal aims to provide rapid publication of research through its continuous online publication model. Submissions should be made through the journal’s new online submission system. All submissions are subject to peer review. Articles should not be under review or under consideration by any other journal when submitted to JIM.

JIM is a member journal of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is a sponsor of the Equator Network, which is an international initiative that promotes transparent, accurate reporting of research studies.

JIM encourages all authors to read our Information for authors guidance. This outlines:

  • General Article Format
  • Manuscript Formatting
  • Editorial Policies

What is Open Access and an Article Publishing Charge (APC)?

Open Access equates to unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Open Access publishing strives to facilitate the development of new medicines and healthcare, by disseminating ideas and discoveries efficiently, effectively and equitably.

The APC covers the costs of the publication process (which would traditionally be covered via subscription fees), including:

  • Rigorous peer review through a maintained online submission system
  • Production costs such as copyediting, typesetting, and preparation for online publication
  • Continuous hosting of the article online, available worldwide
  • Marketing efforts to increase the article’s exposure

What is JIM’s APC?

The APC is a one-time flat fee which incurs no additional costs (such as page fees or color charges) and is charged on article acceptance. Submitted papers will be judged entirely on scientific validity rather than ability to pay. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions.

The APC for JIM is USD $2,000 for a CC-BY-NC license or USD $2,580 for those funders who require a license that requires a CC-BY license. Payments from within the EU are subject to VAT. EU customers must supply their VAT number to be exempt from the VAT charge. UK Customers are not exempt from the VAT charge (currently 20%).

How do I pay the APC?

Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

  • Immediate payment online via credit card using a secure payment form as soon as the manuscript has been accepted
  • An invoice can be generated. Following receipt of an invoice, payment must be made within 30 days.

The submitting author must confirm at the time of submission that they will organize payment should the article be accepted for publication. Prompt payment is advised as the article will not be published until payment is received.

Does JIM offer discounts and waivers on the APC?

JIM offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions based in Hinari Group A countries, and a 50% waiver to authors from institutions based in Hinari Group B countries.

Which funding agencies allow direct use of grants to cover the APC?

If you received a grant to conduct your research, your first enquiry should be to whoever disburses the research funds. Much research funding is now granted on the condition that any resulting articles are published Open Access and are deposited in PubMed Central – publishing in JIM means that you meet both of these criteria. To help authors complete these requirements, many funders will permit payment of APCs from grants or have separate funds available.

The Open Access Directory contains a list of universities that have funds for researchers to pay APCs. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has something similar – both mainly cover US institutions and are not comprehensive. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity is a collection of universities that have pledged their support to establish durable mechanisms for underwriting the APC model. Alternatively, contact your librarian to find out what support your institution offers.

General information about BMJ’s Open Access program, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.

Page Charges

JIM charges $40/printed page unless the author is a verified American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) member at the time of submission. In addition, a color publication charge of $400 will be levied for any color printing requested (color images are free online, but the author must provide two files per figure if they do not want to be charged for color printing).