Before slandering us in public, think about the fact that there is a great team of fantastic people behind JMIR Publications, who are motivated to do the right thing.
If you are pissed that we have to charge authors, then perhaps bring up your concerns with librarians who pay millions of dollars for subscription "big deals" to legacy publishers. Or these days they sign "transformative agreements" which are not really transformative but serve as bait to attract new authors by creating new junk OA journals. The TA's cover the costs for publishing in these new OA junk journals, which publish everything, because here volume really counts. Now that is predatory. If you do not like APCs (and we also don't), then please ask your friendly librarian or library consortium to negotiate an institutional or national deal with us. We are a niche publisher striving for quality, not quantity. Not only in the quality of what we publish, but also how we publish, how fast we publsh, and how we treat our authors - namely as colleagues.
Unlike some of our fellow pioneers in open access (Frontiers, MDPI etc), targeted by Beall's zealous attacks on emerging leading OA publishers, JMIR Publications or its journals was never on Beall's list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers" (as an aside, the controversial list is no longer available since 2017, but here is a cached version of the list). Beall hates successful and ethical open access publishers, as it conflicts with his world-view that open access is a "anti-corporist" socialist invention and undermines science, so he did post a nasty comment ridiculing our expansion from a single journal publisher to one that expands into other subject categories - but that is just Beall being Beall ranting against Open Access.
Our peer-review is sound and our author satisfaction is high (see e.g. SciRev comments). Our fees are transparent (Are there costs involved in publishing in JMIR journals, what are your fees?) and reasonable (see How does the Article Processing Fee (APF/APC) at JMIR compare to other journals/publishers?). We fairly share our profits with those who do the work, e.g. academic reviewers and editors (Karma Credits - What are they and how to collect them?).
In our 20 years of experience in publishing (and one of the pioneers of open access, and co-founder of OASPA), we never had to retract a paper. In the Bohannon / Science "sting operation", where a fake low-quality paper was sent to OA journals to identify "predatory" publishers who bypass peer-review, JMIR - of course - did not accept or even consider the paper. It didn't even enter the peer-review stage because it was deemed out of scope.
There is sound evidence and metrics to show that JMIR Publications is a leading publisher in the eHealth domain. eHealth is the intersection between technology and medicine, and JMIR Publications is a mission-driven (rather than profit driven) publisher, which has been publishing many high-quality pioneer journals and seminal articles in that space.
We offer a full refund of any fees you paid if we did not adhere to any of our or third party policies for scholarly publishers (COPE, OASPA, IJCME). If you have any concerns about our policies or practices, please file a ticket with JMIR support by sending an email to email@example.com, and we will try to address or amend the situation.
JMIR Publications is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada, according to McLeans' Magazine and Business Insider. The Growth500 profile article below explains our beginnings and success factors.
- Why do authors love publishing in JMIR journals and are happy with the publishing experience?
- How to become an author at JMIR
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