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 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 $3000.

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

Where do I find this journal online?

Articles will appear at JAMA Network Open will be fully accessible within the family of JAMA Network journals at

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 licenses are available to authors?

JAMA Network Open articles will be published under either a CC-BY license or a JN-OA license.

  • 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: Commercially funded research will be published only under a JN-OA license. The 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 $3000.

Will manuscripts from JAMA or other JAMA Network journals be transferred to JAMA Network Open?

Yes. Authors of papers not accepted by JAMA or a JAMA Network specialty journal may choose to have their papers automatically referred to JAMA Network Open.

Authors may also submit directly to JAMA Network Open.

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.

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