American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has launched JAMIA Open, a new Gold Open Access scholarly publication jamiaopen.org. JAMIA Open is a sibling publication to the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). Neil Sarkar is the editor, and manuscripts are now being accepted for review.
JAMIA Open's focus on what Sarkar calls 'the patient face of research' includes thought leadership with a commitment to innovation and diversity, and publishing works from across the five AMIA informatics areas - translational bio-, clinical research, clinical, public health, and consumer health informatics. JAMIA Open provides new opportunities for informaticians to publish with the efficiency of a continuous, all-digital, publishing model, which includes a cascade process. Cascade enables JAMIA Open to start a step ahead, benefitting from JAMIA's established quality, rigorous standards, and peer-review process. While JAMIA continues to offer open access opportunity to its authors, JAMIA Open will require that all articles be open access.
JAMIA Open will include expanded publication formats, such as short application notes and database notes. Sarkar intends to engage readers with the introduction of 'living papers' - which include interactive components such as embedded live code. A signature element in JAMIA Open's format will be the inclusion of patient/community abstracts accompanying each article, written in understandable language to allow patients or caregivers to better understand what the research means and how it could be important to care.
JAMIA Open provides a global forum for the publication of novel research and insights in the major areas of informatics for biomedicine and health (e.g., translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, public health informatics, and consumer health informatics), as well as related areas such as data science, qualitative research, and implementation science. JAMIA Open articles, which include application notes, database notes, and patient/community perspectives, alongside original research, reflect the broad diversity of the field of informatics community, focusing on the intersection of informatics, health, communication, and technology, and how that intersection can support patient care through research, practice, and education. JAMIA Open authors are encouraged to make data and source code accessible through publicly accessible repositories that can be cited using digital object identifiers. Accepted manuscripts will be required to have a patient/community facing abstract that highlights key findings.
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