1. What are the benefits of publishing in JIM?
  • Option to publish your paper as Open Access – authors who are funded by agencies requiring publication as OA may do so in JIM
  • Rapid publication – all articles are subject to stringent peer review and fast turnaround times, ensuring prompt publication through our continuous publication policy
  • Trusted international brands – JIM maintains the scientific and international reputation of the AFMR and BMJ
  • High readership visibility – the bmj.com platform ensures your research is easily discoverable; exceptional articles are press released to over 6,000 journalists around the world
  1. How do I submit?

Manuscripts should be submitted via the JIM online manuscript submission site. If your article was previously submitted to another BMJ journal and was rejected, we will happily assist in transferring the files to the JIM site. Please email the editorial office at info.jim@bmj.com for help with this (note that the manuscript must not still be under consideration by any other journal).

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

Open Access stands for 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 copy-editing, typesetting and preparation for online publication
  • Continuous hosting of the article online, available worldwide
  • Marketing efforts to increase the article’s exposure
  1. What APC applies to JIM?

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 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%).

  1. How do I pay the APC? 

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.

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 raised. Following receipt of an invoice, payment must be made within 30 days.
  1. 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.

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

If you received a grant to conduct your research, your first inquiry 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 PMC – 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 who have pledged their support to establishing 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 programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.

  1. How do I subscribe?

Contact your librarian to request that they add a subscription to your institution’s collection.

  1. Does JIM impose any copyright restrictions and who retains copyright of the Open Access articles?

The AFMR owns the copyright of all non-Open Access papers.

Authors retain copyright of all OA articles. Articles are published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate reuse of the content.

  1. What is the time to publication?

JIM aims to provide authors with a rapid peer review service. Continuous online publication ensures papers are published as soon as they are ready. All phases of the process can be tracked via our online systems.

For time sensitive articles, we offer a fast track process available on request.

  1. How do I sign up to email alerts about articles published in JIM?

You can subscribe to receive JIM email alerts. Options available for JIM are:

  • Electronic table of contents alerts
  • Alerts when an article is cited
  • Alerts if corrections are posted to a specific article
  • Alerts if a letter is published in response to an article

You can also sign up for RSS feeds that will update you when new content is published.

  1. Who do I contact if I would like more information about JIM?

For all queries please contact the editorial office at info.jim@bmj.com.