JMIR Publications Connects to the OA Switchboard

JMIR Publications is now live and connected to the OA Switchboard, a non-profit initiative of funding organizations, research institutions, and publishers dedicated to a smooth transition to open access (OA) publishing through simplified sharing of metadata between stakeholders via a central information exchange hub.

(Toronto/Philadelphia, May 27, 2022) The rocket is on the launch pad! JMIR Publications is ready to begin sending automated publication notification messages (P1 messages) through the OA Switchboard, supporting research institutions and their libraries to connect with their research and simplify their workflows.

The OA Switchboard is an independent community-driven intermediary that serves to complement and connect all relevant partners and systems in providing a straightforward exchange of information regarding open access publications throughout the publication journey.

In the coming days, manuscripts published in JMIR journals will trigger an automatic P1 message to the affiliated librarian or funder confirming the published article’s details; these will be sent to libraries active within the OA Switchboard program.

While JMIR is one of the first publishers to successfully integrate with the OA Switchboard API in the standard message structure, interest and uptake has been steadily picking up momentum. The success of this initiative is a testament to the cooperation required by the scholarly communications industry to meaningfully address the ongoing challenges around the administrative burden to fulfill OA publication-level arrangements.

Adrian Stanley, General Manager at JMIR Publications, says:

“This is an important step for JMIR, better connecting author funding opportunities to central OA library budgets, and for automated and scalable institutional reporting. We are very appreciative of the support given by the OA Switchboard and client advisory board.”

You can learn more about the OA Switchboard on their website and by watching the latest explainer video. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at if you want to know how you can be involved in future JMIR initiatives!

About OA Switchboard

The OA Switchboard is a neutral, independent intermediary, providing shared infrastructure, standards and back office services for funders, institutions and publishers. It is a tool that can be called when needed, or integrated in stakeholders’ own systems and workflows to achieve automation and scalability.

About JMIR Publications

JMIR Publications is a leading, born-digital, open access publisher of 30+ academic journals and other innovative scientific communication products that focus on the intersection of health, and technology. Its flagship journal, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the leading digital health journal globally in content breadth and visibility, and is the largest journal in the medical informatics field.