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Open Access FAQ for JAMA Health Forum

What types of articles are eligible to be published open access?

JAMA Health Forum is a completely open access journal. All articles appearing in the journal are published under a Creative Commons (CC) license.

What is the article processing charge (APC)?

The APC for JAMA Health Forum is $5000 USD. Through May 1, 2022, the APC will be reduced to $2500 USD.

Are there discounts for the APC?

Yes, waivers are offered based on the country of residence of the corresponding authors. Waivers and discounts are available for authors from a core list of countries in the developing world as defined by the World Health Organization as part of their Research4Life program. The list of countries, updated yearly, is available here.

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, authors from Group B countries will see the APC reduced to $2500 (USD) and authors from Group A countries will have the APC completely waived. Authors who are eligible for this program will be informed of the APC reduction or waiver during the submission process.

Additionally, all authors will be granted a 50% introductory discount on the $5000 APC for manuscripts accepted through May 1, 2022.

What if I cannot pay the $5000 APC?

JAMA Health Forum is a fully open access journal. Authors are expected to coordinate payment of the APC for every article accepted for publication. There are no submission fees.

The APC contributes to a range of services, including rigorous peer-review and editorial evaluation; manuscript editing; graphics creation; processing of supplemental files; amplification via editorial commentary, visual abstracts, audio, and video; coding and digital processing to make the article findable via online search; wide dissemination via news and social media and email alerts; hosting and archiving on a reliable and searchable website; postpublication letters/comments; postpublication metrics (views, citations, news and social media scores); depositing into PubMed Central (PMC); and indexing in PubMed/MEDLINE, Web of Science, Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and many other databases. The article is free for everyone to read immediately and can be distributed without permission, provided that appropriate credit is given.

A very limited number of APC reductions and waivers may be granted to authors whose research is not funded and for which funds are not available from institutions, departments, coauthors, or elsewhere. Requests for this consideration should be made to the editorial office, not the decision-making editor, during the revision stage.

How do I know which license is appropriate for my article?

Information provided by the author during the submission process will determine the appropriate Creative Commons (CC) license. Most authors will receive a CC-BY license, which offers the broadest reuse rights. Authors who report a commercial funding source will receive a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

  • 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.
  • CC-BY-NC-ND License: Permits others to distribute the work without permission, provided that credit is given to the original authors and journal and that the article is not altered or used commercially.
What should I expect during the billing process?

JAMA Network works with Copyright Clearance Center to process all payments. After an article is accepted, Copyright Clearance Center will send an email to the corresponding author with information about how to access the payment portal. Authors may choose to pay by credit card or to create an invoice. Invoices may be forwarded to an institution, funder or other author for payment.