October 24, 2021

University of California and Journal of Medical Internet Research Launch Pilot to Advance Open Access to UC Research

From the University of California Office of Scholarly Research:

The University of California and JMIR Publications today announced a two-year partnership that will make it easier and more affordable for researchers from all 10 UC campuses to publish in one of JMIR’s 30+ open access journals. The pilot, which provides subsidies for faculty who publish with JMIR, is UC’s first such agreement with a native open access publisher.

Under the agreement, the UC Libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access publishing fee, or article processing charge (APC), for all UC authors who choose to publish in a JMIR journal. Authors who do not have research funds available can request financial assistance from the libraries for the remainder of the APC so that they can publish completely free of charge.

“This agreement adds another dimension to UC’s efforts to support our faculty in considering open access options when deciding where to publish their research,” said Ivy Anderson, associate executive director of UC’s California Digital Library and co-chair of the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations. “If a UC author is considering publishing with a native open access publisher like JMIR, we want to make that an affordable and attractive option.”

One of the pioneers of open access publishing, JMIR Publications has published fully open access journals for 20 years. The publisher is best known for its 30 digital health related journals including the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and also publishes cross-disciplinary journals such as JMIR Research Protocols and the new JMIRx series for Medicine, Biology, and Psychology.

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