Term: Journal Of Medical And Internet Research (JMIR) jmir.jpg

The Journal of Medical and Internet Research is the one of the world’s leading “OPEN ACCESS peer-reviewed transdisiplanary journal on health and health care”. Since being founded in 1999, the "Journal of Medical Internet Research" has been the only international scientific peer-reviewed journal that deals with all aspects of research, information and communication in the healthcare field. They are able to do this through use of the Internet and other eHealth technologies.

What Is Published? (From JMIR Page)

The people at the JMIR understand that eHealth is a highly interdisciplinary field and not only are they inviting research papers from the medical sciences, but also from the computer, behavioral, social and communication sciences, psychology, library sciences, informatics, human-computer interaction studies, and related fields.
Manuscripts are invited which deal for example with
  • Studies evaluating the impact of Internet use or specific eHealth interventions on individual health-related or social outcomes
  • Descriptions of the design and impact of Internet applications and websites for consumers/patients or medical professionals.
  • Use of the Internet in the context of clinical information and communication, including telemedicine.
  • Web-based clinical trials (e-trials): methodological issues and results.
  • Use of the Internet in medical research and the basic sciences such as molecular biology or chemistry (e.g. bioinformatics, online factual databases).
  • Medical information management and librarian sciences.
  • E-learning and knowledge translation, online-courses, web-based programs for undergraduate and continuing education.
  • eHealth applications for public health and population health technology (disease monitoring, teleprevention, teleepidemiology).
  • Evidence-based medicine and the Internet (e.g. online development or dissemination of clinical guidelines, measuring agreement about management of a given clinical problem among physicians, etc.)
  • The impact of eHealth, the Internet, or health care technology on public health, the health care system and policy.
  • Methodological aspects of doing "Internet research", e.g. methodology of web-based surveys
  • Design and validation of novel web-based instruments.
  • Analysis of e-communities or virtual social networks.
  • Comparisons of effectiveness of health communication and information on the Internet compared with other methods of health communication.
  • Effects of the Internet and information/communication technology on the patient-physician relationship and impact on public health, e.g. the studies investigating how the patient-physician relationship changes as a result of the new ways of getting medical information.
  • Ethical and legal problems as well as cross-border and cross-cultural issues of eHealth.
  • Systematic studies examining the quality of medical information available in various online venues.
  • Methods of evaluation, quality assessment and improvement of Internet information or eHealth applications.
  • Proposals for standards in the field of medical publishing on the Internet, including self-regulation issues, policies and guidelines to provide reliable healthcare information.
  • Results and methodological aspects of Internet-based studies, including medical surveys, psychological tests, quality-of-life studies, gathering and/or disseminating epidemiological data, use of the Internet for clinical studies, drug reaction reporting and surveillance systems etc.
  • Electronic medical publishing, Open Access publishing, and use of the Internet for traditional scholarly publishing (e.g. collaborative peer review)
  • Information needs of patients, consumers and health professionals, including studies evaluating search and retrieval behavior of patients
  • Web-based studies, e.g. online psychological experiments
  • Issues around e-prescribing and Internet pharmacies
  • Wearable computers
  • Home care and domotics technologies
  • Applied bioinformatics.

In addition, the Journal will publish original research, reviews and tutorials on related topics such as:
  • Internet standards.
  • Cyber metrics.
  • Security and confidentiality issues.
  • Internet demographics.
  • Social impact of the Internet.
  • Digital imaging and multimedia.
  • Health care records.
  • High-speed networks.
  • Telecommunication.
  • Electronic publishing.
  • Software development.

Interesting Facts

(1) Second most cited health informatics journal.
(2) JMIR is indexed in MEDLINE and numerous other databases and is archived in PubMed Central.

Current Statistics:
Average hits per day 26343

Unique readers per month 30842

Number of readers subscribed to email notifications 18229

Number of registered authors 4008

Number of registered peer-reviewers 1669

Number of members 368

Submitted manuscripts currently under peer-review 25

Current acceptance rate (includes solicited articles) 44%


Related Terminology:
  • eHealth
  • Health Informatics
  • Cyber metrics
  • Health care records

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