For our journals we have - in partnership with MedRxiv (completed) and BioRxiv (in preparation) - implemented a mechanism to transfer your preprint to our journals for peer-review. The transfer is as easy as picking the target journal from the drop-down list on Biorxiv or Medrxiv to transfer the preprint to the JMIR or JMIRx series of journals, for peer-review and publication/indexing in PubMed/PMC. For JMIRx it is actually a requirement that the manuscript is first submitted to MedRxiv/BioRxiv/PsyRxiv (What is JMIRx?).
BioRxiv and MedRxiv are preprint servers run by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and they do not solicit peer-reviews. Peer-review (the "stamp of approval" in academia) is only conducted if the preprint is also submitted to a journal.
We ask you to choose this option to transfer/submit the paper on BioRxiv/MedRxiv to a JMIR journal only if the paper has not been submitted elsewhere already. It violates scientific norms to submit your paper/preprint to multiple journals at the same time. Submission to BioRxiv/MedRxiv alone is obviously not a problem. Some other journals may give authors the option to deposit a preprint to MedRxiv/BioRxiv when they submit to a journal, in that case authors should not make use of this function until the submission is rejected or withdrawn for consideration at that other journal.
You can submit a preprint to a JMIR journal from MedRxiv by clicking the link "Submit medRxiv Preprint to a Journal or Peer Review Service" on MedRxiv and on the following page select “Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)” from the dropdown box (see screenshots below). Submission then needs to be completed on the JMIR site and at that stage can be transferred to another JMIR journal incl JMIRx. By default, you are submitting to J Med Internet Res, but you can change the target journal (see journal portfolio) in the JMIR submission form.
Clicking the link on this page will take you to a page with a drop-down list. See screenshot below. Select "Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)".
After clicking on the "Submit" button on the page above, you will be taken to a page that looks like this:
After you click on the "Complete this action" button, the confirmation page on MedRxiv will load:
Once transferred to a JMIR journal, we first either create a new user account for the author, or match it against existing user accounts based on ORCID or email address.
Authors will then receive an email that contains a unique link that allows them to complete the submission on the JMIR site. IMPORTANT: The submission is not complete until the author logs in and completes the submission. If you did not get that email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As authors work through the submission form, we have prepopulated the submission form with the metadata we received from the Preprint server. Please review the prepopulated information and confirm or edit it. There are only a few fields that have no information prepopulated (most notably, we ask you to nominate reviewers). By default, the Journal of Medical Internet Research is selected, however, this is not always the best journal for your research, as it has a narrow focus on very high impact digital health studies. To submit to our MedRxiv overlay peer-review journal JMIRx-Med (What is JMIRx?) or another specific JMIR sister journal, please change the target journal in the drop-down list in the first submission page.
We are currently working on the integration for the following Preprint servers / Journals:
- Journal of Medical Internet Research (completed) [By default, you are submitting to J Med Internet Res, but you can change the target journal (see journal portfolio) in the JMIR submission form]
- JMIRx|Med (in preparation, use "Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)" in the dropdown box for now)
- JMIR Biomedical Engineering
- JMIR Bioinformatics and Biotechnology