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Author Guidelines

Both sponsors and entrants need to create an account with JMIR (or login with their existing account) and submit their documents here

Sponsors (solution-seekers): A Word-template of a challenge document (for sponsors) can be downloaded from Complete the template with the required information and submit it here. As peer-reviewers please enter preferably academics working in the field, including individuals who you would hope that they respond to the challenge, or your nominated "judges".

Entrants (solution-providers): Please follow instructions in the challenge / contest document on what to submit and how to prepare your files and submit your entry (solution) here. Datafiles etc should be submitted as supplementary files (Multimedia Appendix). A Word document describing the work/solution is always necessary and needs to be uploaded as main manuscript file. As peer-reviewers please enter the individuals listed as "judges" in the challenge document.

An abstract is required for both submission types.

Note that the references (if any) must be numbered and can be in any format, as long as the in-text citations are sequentially numbered in the manuscript with square brackets like this [1] or this [2-4] and as long as the reference includes the PMID from Pubmed in the format PMID:123456. See Instructions for Authors for details. .

Note that since 2014 we require that all authors / coauthors to have an ORCID (a unique researcher identifier) at the time of publication. Application for an ORCID is free of charge and only takes a few minutes - please go to to apply for one. We also recommend that the corresponding author contacts all of his coauthors and encourages them to obtain an ORCID during the manuscript preparation process. While they can be added after submission, ORCIDs are required in case of acceptance.

Please review our Fee Schedule prior to submission. While some of our journals do not charge any fees, some others do charge.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Sponsors (solution-seekers): The documents uses the Word-template of a challenge document (for sponsors), which can be downloaded from .

    Entrants (solution-providers): Please follow instructions in the challenge / contest document. 

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), or RTF document file format.

  3. All cited webreferences (webpages, online available PDF reports) which are NOT journal articles or which do not have a DOI have been cached using WebCite ( . Instead of citing the "live" webpage/website, the author should cite the WebCite archived webpage. No URLs in the body of the manuscript are allowed - all URLs are cited as references.

  4. I understand that all author names and their affiliations for the final publication will be taken from the database (metadata form), not the submitted manuscript, thus all author names must be entered in the metadata form during submission. Authors may remove author names from the manuscript if they prefer blind review.

  5. Authors agree that the manuscript and peer-review reports may be transferred to a JMIR sister/partner journal (e.g. i-JMRJMIR Res Protoc, and others), if the paper is not found suitable for publication in JMIR, but is publishable in another journal. The submission fee for that partner journal (if any) will be waived, and transfer of the peer-review reports may mean that the paper does not have to be re-reviewed. Authors will receive a notification when the manuscript is transferred, and at that time can decide if they want to pursue publication in a sister/partner journal. If authors do NOT wish an automatic transfer to an alternative journal after rejection for JMIR, this should be noted in the cover letter.

  6. While not applicable for many JMIR Challenges entries, I reviewed and agree with the Fee Schedule prior to submission


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Unless stated otherwise, all articles are open-access distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work ("first published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research...") is properly cited with original URL and bibliographic citation information. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.


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