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JAMIA Instructions for authors

Editorial policy

JAMIA considers publication of any original manuscript in biomedical and health informatics. This includes informatics manuscripts in the areas of: clinical care, clinical research, translational bioinformatics, consumer health, public health, and imaging.

Open Access

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,200 (plus applicable VAT).

Colour figure charges

During submission you will be asked whether or not you agree to pay for the colour print publication of your colour images. This service is available to any author publishing within this journal for a fee of £500 per article. Authors can elect to publish online in colour and black and white in print, in which case the appropriate selection should be made upon submission.

Article types and word counts

JAMIA word limits exclude materials in Acknowledgments and in References sections. Supplemental materials such as additional tables, figures, data sets and source code can be included for online only publication. For all articles, authors are required to submit related published materials (including articles published in conference proceedings) to allow reviewers to assess the degree of overlap. These materials can be entered as appendices "for review only".

Please note that all submissions should be double-spaced.

If you are not a native English speaker and would like assistance with your article there is a professional editing service available.

BMJ's pre-submission checklist

Research and Applications

Research and Applications articles describe original work in the formulation, implementation, or evaluation of informatics-based studies and investigations. The articles do not need to be limited to hypothesis-driven research, and they can, for example, report on an innovative application of information technology, the detailed description of a new methodology, or the formulation and formative evaluation of a new model. The structured abstract should contain the headings: Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion. The main text should, in addition to the sections corresponding to these headings, include a section describing Background and Significance.

Word count: up to 4000 words.
Structured abstract: up to 250 words.
Tables: up to 4.
Figures: up to 6.
References: unlimited.

Reviews

Review articles contain systematic reviews of the literature or concise tutorials on topics of broad interest to the readers.
The structured abstract and text for a systematic review should follow the same format as the one required of Research & Applications articles described above.
The structured abstract for a tutorial should contain the headings: Objectives, Target Audience, and Scope (covered topics).

Word count: up to 4000 words.
Structured abstract: up to 250 words.
Tables: up to 4.
Figures: up to 6.
References: unlimited.

Brief Communications

Brief Communications are short versions of Research and Applications articles, often describing focused approaches to solve a particular problem, or preliminary evaluation of a novel system or methodology.

Word count: up to 2000 words.
Abstract: up to 150 words.
Tables: up to 2.
Figures: up to 3.
References: unlimited.

Case Reports

Case Reports describe the experience of an institution or consortium in implementing information systems or informatics methods.

Word count: up to 2000 words.
Abstract: up to 150 words.
Tables: up to 2.
Figures: up to 3.
References: unlimited.

Perspectives

Perspectives report on the views of an organization or opinion leaders on topics of importance to the readers, including new policies and regulations, new directions for research, and perspectives on the success or failure of informatics initiatives affecting a large number of individuals.

Word count: up to 2000 words.
Abstract: up to 150 words.
Tables: up to 2.
Figures: up to 3.
References: unlimited.

Correspondence

Correspondence articles contain letters to the editor, with requests for clarification or criticism from readers, and rebuttals from authors.

Word count: up to 1000 words.
Tables: up to 1.
Figures: up to 1.
References: up to 5.

Editorials and Highlights

Editorials and Highlights are commissioned articles.

Word count: up to 1000 words.
Tables: up to 1.
Figures: up to 1.
References: up to 5.

Instructions for Authors

For guidelines on policy and submission across our journals, please click on the links below:
Manuscript preparation
Editorial policies
Patient consent forms
Licence forms
Peer review
Submission and production processes

Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

In all cases, it is vital that the journal's integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

 

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).

  • Research and Applications
  • Reviews
  • Brief Communications
  • Case Reports
  • Perspectives
  • Correspondence
  • Editorials
  • Highlights
    1. The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
    2. The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
    3. The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
    4. A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.
    5. Journal in which you would like the supplement published
    6. Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
    7. Date of meeting on which it is based
    8. Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
    9. An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
    10. Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
    11. An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate

Plagiarism detection

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.

Free Sample

This recent issue is free to all users to allow everyone the opportunity to see the full scope and typical content of JAMIA.
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Access policy for JAMIA

All content published in JAMIA is deposited with PubMed Central by the publisher with a 12 month embargo. Authors/funders may pay an Open Access fee of $2,000 to make the article free on the JAMIA website and PMC immediately on publication.

All content older than 12 months is freely available on this website.

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