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Latest Submissions Open for Peer Review

A new feature on the JMIR website, open peer review articles, allows JMIR users to sign themselves up as peer reviewers for specific articles currently considered by the Journal (in addition to author- and editor-selected reviewers). The list below shows recently submitted articles where submitting authors have not opted-out of the open peer-review experiment and where the editor has not made a decision yet. (Note that this feature is for reviewing specific articles - if you just want to sign up as reviewer (and wait for the editor to contact you if articles match your interests), please sign up as reviewer using your profile).
To assign yourself to an article as reviewer, you must have a user account on this site (if you don't have one, register for a free account here) and be logged in (please verify that your email address in your profile is correct). Add yourself as a peer reviewer to any article by clicking the '+Peer-review Me!+' link under each article. Full instructions on how to complete your review will be sent to you via email shortly after. Do not sign up as peer-reviewer if you have any conflicts of interest (note that we will treat any attempts by authors to sign up as reviewer under a false identity as scientific misconduct and reserve the right to promptly reject the article and inform the host institution).
The standard turnaround time for reviews is currently 2 weeks, and the general aim is to give constructive feedback to the authors and/or to prevent publication of uninteresting or fatally flawed articles. Reviewers will be acknowledged by name if the article is published, but remain anonymous if the article is declined.

The abstracts on this page are unpublished studies - please do not cite them (yet). If you wish to cite them/wish to see them published, write your opinion in the form of a peer-review!

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JMIR Submissions under Open Peer Review

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Titles/Abstracts of Articles Currently Open for Review


Titles/Abstracts of Articles Currently Open for Review:

  • Artificial intelligence in medical literature search – The future of medical literature research?

    Date Submitted: Oct 8, 2019
    Open Peer Review Period: Oct 8, 2019 - Dec 3, 2019

    Background: Mapping out the research landscape around a project is often time consuming and difficult. Objective: The current study evaluates a commercial artificial intelligence (AI) search engine (IRIS.AI) for its applicability to automated literature search on a particular medical topic. Methods: To evaluate the AI Search engine in a standardized manner, the concept of a science hackathon (Scithon) was applied. Three groups of researchers were tasked with performing a literature search on a clearly defined scientific project. All participants had a high level of expertise for this specific field of research. Two groups were given access to the AI search engine IRIS.A. All groups had the same amount of time for their search and were instructed to document their result. Search results were summarized and ranked according to a predetermined scoring system. Results: Final scoring awarded 49 and 39 points out of 60 to the groups using AI, and 46 points to the control group. 20 scientific studies with high relevance were identified. Conclusions: AI technology is a promising approach to facilitate literature search and management of medical libraries. The scientific hackathon strategy might be an efficient tool to perform a literature search and to objectively compare different search strategies.