JMIR Research Protocols offers a 50% discount ($950 instead of $1900) on proposals and protocols if they are grant funded and have undergone prior peer-review. Provision of these peer review reports will allow JMIR to bypass the standard external peer reviewing so that an editorial decision can be expedited. To qualify, all of the following conditions below must be fulfilled:
- As proof of previous peer-review, authors must at the time of submission upload the original peer-review reports from the granting agency (and ideally also authors' responses)
- These reports/letters should be uploaded as Multimedia Appendix, and should ideally be published (refer to them in the paper as "Multimedia Appendix 1" etc.)
- Our policy is to publish the existing peer-review reports unless we receive a written notice from the funder that - even with the grant recipients consent - the peer-review reports can not be published for confidentiality or other reasons.
- We can also make exceptions if authors do not wish to have the peer-review reports published; however, you need to furnish us with an acceptance reason for this and the report should be nonetheless uploaded to our system for the discount to apply.
- The original peer-review reports can be in any language (if you have a translation in English, please supply them)
- The peer-review reports should contain an actual narrative and/or quantitative critique of the proposal, or at the very least a summary of committee/reviewer discussions
- The peer-review reports should ideally be provided in a letter-headed document from the funding institution, or in some similar formal format. A screenshot of an email or a simple text MS Word document would not be sufficient.
- An ethics approval is not sufficient, you must include the actual peer-review reports from the funding/granting agency. Proposals that are not grant-funded are not eligible for the discount.
- As "Section" in step 1 of the submission process you must select a section with the word "funded" in it
We reserve the right to charge the full Article Processing Fee if the uploaded peer-review reports do not meet the requirements outlines above. If in doubt, please file a support request ticket with firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submission.
Note: Due to an agreement with the University of California (APF Support for Corresponding Authors from the University of California), protocols that are eligible ie. have undergone prior peer-review at a granting agency can be published free of charge from the author-perspective (costs are fully covered by the California libraries and centrally billed)!