The University of California, via the California Digital Library, has reached an agreement with JMIR Publications which makes it more affordable for UC authors to publish in JMIR’s family of open access journals, including its flagship title, Journal of Medical Internet Research

Who is covered?

Corresponding authors who are affiliated with any UC campus, UC Office of the President,  Lawrence Berkeley Lab, or Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

What journals are covered?

All journals published by JMIR Publications. A complete listing of JMIR journals is located here

What is the discount?

The UC libraries will cover the first $1,000 of the article processing fee (APF). Authors with grant funding available will be asked to pay any remaining amount. Authors who lack research funds will have the APF fully funded by the libraries.

How can I apply this discount?

During the manuscript submission process, JMIR asks you (the corresponding author) how you will cover the article processing fee (APF), should your manuscript be accepted for publication.  When you are identified as a UC-affiliated author, you will be presented with a screen that indicates there is a reduced APF because of the agreement the UC has entered into with JMIR.  If you do not have research funds available to pay the balance of the publication fee, you will need to fill out a funding request form (available on JMIR’s UC support page and also linked from the acceptance email).

For further details on the process, see the FAQ on the JMIR agreement..

What licenses are available?

Your article will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) license, as is the case for all JMIR journal articles.

For more information about the importance of Creative Commons licensing in open access publishing, see this NEJM Perspective.

What is the business model behind this arrangement?

Through this agreement, the UC libraries have committed to making a partial or full payment on each article published by a UC corresponding author.  As articles are published, these payments are deducted from an account funded up-front by the libraries.

For more information on the specifics of this agreement, see the UC libraries’ JMIR FAQ page, or JMIR’s UC support page.