There are fees associated with most (but not all) JMIR journals and most (but not all) article types.
Most authors pay these costs from their grant funding, from the same funding envelope from which they would, for example, pay conference travel and fees.
- German Research Foundation: We grant discounts for DFG-funded researchers to meet the APC cap mandated by DFG, see Gibt es einen speziellen Preisnachlass fuer DFG-gefoerderte JMIR Autoren? (are there any discounts available for JMIR authors funded by the German Research Foundation?)
- Please contact your funder if you are interested in having your funder negotiate special discounts or waivers with JMIR Publications
Institutional Memberships and Partnerships
Some universities, institutions, or departments have institutional membership and partnership arrangements with JMIR Publications, in which case the APF can be waived, for example:
- Faculty and students of the University of California can publish with $1000 discount or free of charge if they have no research funding (see APF Support for Corresponding Authors from the University of California)
- University of Iowa
- University of Erlangen-Nuremburg
- UK Universities that have signed up for the JMIR-JISC deal, see list of participating UK Universities at (JISC FAQ). Please contact your library if you are a researcher and your institution is not part of this deal!
Other institutions may have institutional open access funds, for example, the signatories of the Compact for Open Access Equity (for details, see also How are JMIR authors funding the publication costs?).
Please contact your librarian to ask to become an institutional member with JMIR. Some libraries spend millions for so-called transformative deals with traditional publishers, but fail to support pure open access publishers. We need the support of the research community to change this.
Costs for Publishing at JMIR
The general cost for publishing in our journals is the total Article Processing Fee plus extra optional charges such as Fast-Track Fee and Knowledge Translation Add-Ons.
- Most JMIR journals have an Article Processing Fee (APF) (sometimes called Article Processing Charge or APC), payable only in case of acceptance.
- For all JMIR journals, authors can expedite the peer-review and publishing process by paying an optional Fast-Track Fee (How to fast-track (expedite) a paper and what are the benefits? ).
- Optionally, authors can add innovative Knowledge Translation Add-Ons to their cart when they check out (How can I order/pay for knowledge dissemination add-ons like TrendMD or sponsored Tweets?.
- Note: for papers accepted into the COVID-19 theme issue (or any paper related to the COVID-19 pandemic), we are unable to offer the sponsored tweet service. This is due to a restriction on promoted tweets regarding any information about the pandemic. The sponsored tweet option should not be selected during the payment process. We would instead recommend using our TrendMD manuscript promotion tool.
- Full fee schedule information for JMIR journals can be found by clicking on the Journal Information link in the banner and choosing "Fees, Memberships, and Partnerships" to access the information on Article Processing Fees (see screenshot below). Note that any papers transferred between JMIR journals after August 3, 2022, will be charged the APF of the target journal at the time of transfer.
Exceptions (waived fees):
- Sometimes JMIR may publish Theme Issues that are sponsored by third parties, in which case the APF does not apply. Please watch our announcements for calls for papers that are specified as sponsored theme issues.
- There is currently no fee for letters to the editor. However, such a letter must specifically critique or comment on a previous JMIR article.
- There is no fee for the article type Personal Perspectives if written by a patient.
- If your research unit, department, or university has set up an institutional membership with fee waivers with JMIR Publications, the APF/APC may be discounted or waived
- some (newer) JMIR journals may not have any fees
For more information on publishing without paying an APF, see I don't have any grant money - how can I publish in JMIR?
Special Fees in Exceptional Cases for Additional Editorial Work
- Manuscript Reinstatement Fee - reinstating a previously withdrawn or lapsed/expired manuscript
- Excessive Proofreading Corrections - author requests a large number of corrections in the PDF galleys (see also What are your fees for "additional editorial/production work" and when are they applied?)
- Discretionary Corrigenda and Addenda (correction after publication)
- Excessively long paper (over 10,000 words), excluding supplementary files and Multimedia Appendices - $60/1000 words
- Extended Copyediting - $500
- Which journals is JMIR Publications currently publishing?
- How to become an author at JMIR
- Why is JMIR Publications a "leading publisher"?
- How can I order/pay for knowledge dissemination add-ons like TrendMD or sponsored Tweets?
- How to fast-track (expedite) a paper and what are the benefits?
- How does the Article Processing Fee (APF/APC) at JMIR compare to other journals/publishers?
- I don't have any grant money - how can I publish in JMIR?
- My grant funding is expiring/ending soon - can I pay the APF/APC before the article is accepted?
- JMIR Instructions for Authors: Open Access - Rationale for Charging Fees
- JMIR Fee Schedule on the JMIR website, listing APFs per journal
- Fees FAQ in JMIR Knowledge Base / Help Center