Frequently Asked Questions

What types of articles will JAMA Network Open publish?

JAMA Network Open will publish original research articles and commentary on more than 40 medical and health subject areas. See complete list.

When will the journal accept submissions?

We anticipate beginning to accept submissions in early 2018.

When will the first articles be published?

We anticipate the first JAMA Network Open articles will be published in April 2018.

Will access to all the articles be free?

Yes. There will be no barrier to access any article online or to download the PDF of any article published in JAMA Network Open. Articles will be free to all from the first day of publication.

How much does it cost to publish a research article?

The charge to publish a research manuscript is $2700 or $3000, depending on which license the author chooses.

Why are there 2 prices?

The JAMA Network offers a choice between 2 licenses.

  • The CC-BY license allows authors to retain copyright of the article and permits broad reuse. The cost is $3000. (Learn more about CC-BY license here.)

  • The JN-OA license is offered exclusively by The JAMA Network. Under the terms of this license, the authors do not retain copyright and reuse rights are limited. The cost is $2700. (Learn more about the JN-OA license here.) Commercially funded research will be published only under the JN-OA license.

Does the choice of license affect the likelihood of acceptance?

No. The editors and peer reviewers are not aware of which license the corresponding author has chosen during the submission process.

What if an author cannot afford to pay?

Authors from resource-limited countries may request a waiver or discount of the Article Processing Charge. Countries eligible for waivers or discounts are identified by the World Health Organization's Hinari Access to Research for Health program. (See http://www.who.int/hinari/en/.)

Where do I find this journal online?

Articles will appear at jamanetworkopen.com. JAMA Network Open will be fully accessible within the family of JAMA Network journals at jamanetwork.com.

Why publish an open access general medical journal at this time?

Open access publishing has a primary goal of making research findings more accessible to readers around the world. In addition, many funders require that research be published in open access journals.

Read our Editorial in the Oct. 3 issue of JAMA.

What's the difference between the 2 licenses?

At submission, authors will choose between 2 types of open access licenses:

  • CC-BY: A Creative Commons license is available for authors of manuscripts reporting research funded by a not-for-profit foundation or agency or that has no external funding. A CC-BY license provides immediate and perpetual open access on the journal website on the day of publication, access to a PDF copy of the published article, and author retention of copyright. The CC-BY license permits others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build on the work, even commercially, without permission—provided that credit is given to the original authors and journal. The article processing charge is $3000.

  • JN-OA: A JAMA Network license is available for authors of manuscripts reporting research, regardless of funding source, including those commercially funded. A JN-OA license provides immediate and perpetual open access on the journal website on the day of publication and access to a PDF copy of the published article. The JN-OA license also permits authors to display a copy on a password-protected website hosted by their institution, share a copy with colleagues for their personal/educational/research noncommercial use, share a copy with students in an academic class or course they are teaching, include a copy in a thesis or dissertation (provided that it is not to be published commercially), and incorporate it in other noncommercial uses on request—provided that credit is given to the original authors and journal. The article processing charge is $2700.

What is the mission of JAMA Network Open?

JAMA Network Open is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, general medical journal that publishes research and commentary on clinical care, health policy, and global health across all health disciplines and countries for clinicians, investigators, and policy makers. Our vision is to use new and emerging technologies to enhance communication of all content and make it freely available. Consistent with the rigorous editorial, peer review, and publishing standards of The JAMA Network, our goal is for JAMA Network Open to be the leading open access general medical journal in the world.

JAMA Network Open will begin accepting submissions for publication in early 2018.
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