Researchers are interested in maximizing the impact and dissemination of their research. While "salami publication" (redundant publication) is discouraged, a multi-year research project will (and has to) produce multiple publications (some of which are required to get larger grants such as R01s), which may form the basis of a PhD project or constitute the output of a research group.
JMIR journals cater to the entire "lifecycle" of research and development in this area.
For guidance on how to evaluate digital health interventions and products, check out this UK guide - not surprisingly, this guidel from Public Health England cites many JMIR studies and showcases a range of different methods and research outputs.
The following is an example of a publication roadmap showing possible research outputs and various stages, and illustrating how a researcher can maximize impact and dissemination of his research program, using a fictional mHealth app MobiDiab as an example.
All submissions (regardless of the journal) will be immediately published on our Preprint server and are citable from the day of submission unless authors opt out (What are JMIR Preprints?).
|Research Status||Journal||Sample Title|
|Ideation (Solution Seeking)||JMIR Challenges||"A $5000 Award for the Best Ideas in Innovating Diabetes Self-Management"|
|Needs assessment, System Descriptions||JMIR Formative Res or specialty journals such as JMIR Diabetes [JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, JMIR Mental Health, JMIR Cardio, JMIR Rehab...]||"What do Young People Want from an Diabetes [Depression, Hypertension] App? Focus Group and Stakeholder Interviews|
|Research Ideas, Protocols, Funding Proposal (R21)||JMIR Res Protoc||"Development and Evaluation of an App for Adolescents with Type II Diabetes: Research Proposal"|
|Formative Evaluation||JMIR Formative Res||"Maximizing Sustained Use of an App for Diabetes: Feasibility, Usability and Acceptance Study"|
|Usability Evaluation||JMIR Human Factors||"Design Principles to Avoid Data Entry and Interpretation Errors when Self-Tracking Blood Glucose: Observational Usability Study"|
|Patient Involvement||J Participat Med||"A Roadmap for Patient Involvement in Diabetes Management: Focus Groups with Patient and Health Professionals"|
|Software Development, Algorithms, Privacy Issues, EHR||JMIR Med Inform||"Linking Cloud-based Data to an Electronic Health Record"|
|Hardware Development||JMIR Biomed Eng||"A Glucometer Add-On for the Apple IPhone: Development and Pilot Validation"|
|Full Protocol e.g. of an RCT (R01)||JMIR Res Protoc||"An App for Adolescents with Type II Diabetes: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial"|
|Primary Results (Interim)||JMIR mHealth and uHealth||"An App for Adolescents with Type II Diabetes: Usage Data and Clinical Outcomes after 6 Months"|
|Primary Results (e.g. RCT)||"An App for Adolescents with Type II Diabetes: Long-Term Clinical Outcomes after 12 months"|
|Secondary Results||Specialty journals such as JMIR Diabetes, JMIR Mental Health, JMIR Cardio, JMIR Rehab.||"An App for Adolescents with Type II Diabetes: Improvement in Adherence and Perceived Quality of Life"|
|Methodological Issues||JMIR Serious Games etc||"Maximizing Engagement Through Gamification of a Virtual Reality Diabetes App"|
|Failed RCT||JMIR Human Factors||"Why Doctors Did Not Look at Personal Health Records Data: Lessons Learned from a Failed RCT"|
|Public Health/Policy Implications||JMIR Public Health||"Home-Monitoring by Diabetes Patients: Public Health Impact, Policy Implications and Remuneration Considerations for Health Care Professionals"|
|Data||JMIR Data||"Primary De-Identified Data from the MobiDiab Trial"|
|Any, in any field||JMIRx - What is JMIRx?|