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Editorial Board

JMIR XR and Spatial Computing is seeking an Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors to work with Gunther Eysenbach, MD MPH FACMI, founder, executive editor and CEO of JMIR Publications, and the JMIR Publications team, to contribute to the journal's success and impact!

Read about the roles at How can I apply to become an editorial board member? and apply for an Editorial Board position with the journal.

Editorial Board Members/Section Editors

Michael Craven, PhD

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Michael P. Craven, PhD, is Principal Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He is based in the Institute of Mental Health, where he is theme lead in Methodologies in the NIHR MindTech HealthTech Research Centre and contributes to the Mental Health & Technology theme of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. He has devoted over 30 years to research and teaching in the areas of healthcare technology assessment, electronic engineering and computer science. Additionally, he is a member of the Faculty of Engineering’s Human Factors Research Group and the Institute of Mental Health’s Centre for Dementia. He is  a member of the INTERDEM Assistive Technologies Task Force, an international network of researchers in the field of psychosocial interventions for people living with dementia. Mike specialises in methodology and applied research in the co-design and evaluation of digital health and medical device therapies and diagnostics. Recent projects have included mental and cognitive health applications of remote monitoring on mobile and wearable devices, virtual reality, serious games, and neuromodulation. He is passionate about patient and public involvement in research. Details of his grants and publications are available via ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5682-6360

Aislinn Gomez-Bergin, PhD

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Aislinn Gomez Bergin works at the intersection of emerging technologies and mental health on a programme of work which is aiming to bring together diverse groups of experts by experience, policymakers, researchers, and other relevant parties to empower more responsible and trustworthy innovation in the development, evaluation, and implementation of emerging technologies in mental health.

Christina Gsaxner, PhD

Graz University of Technology, Austria
Christina Gsaxner is a postdoctoral researcher specializing in medical augmented reality, with a robust background in computer vision, computer-aided medicine, and deep learning. Amongst others, she was a finalist for the best paper award at MICCAI conference, won a best paper award at BMEiCON and MICCAI-CLIP conferences, and received scholarships from the MICCAI society and the RWTH Aachen. She is author and co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications with over 900 citations in the last 5 years.

Younhyun Jung

Gachon University, South Korea

Kim Martínez, PhD

University of Burgos, Spain

Kim Martínez is PhD in Humanities and Communication and Assistant Professor at the University of Burgos, Spain. Their research focuses on the design of serious games and educational applications in extended reality (XR) devices. They are especially interested in the use of narrative and gameplay for mental health improvement, psychological learning and accessibility awareness applications. They have developed design methodologies to apply to the development of serious games in different contexts or for the evaluation of commercial video games. The main target of their developed experiences is children and young people education

Maria Matsangidou, PhD

Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in Cyprus, Cyprus

Dr Maria Matsangidou holds a PhD in Engineering and Digital Arts (University of Kent), an MA in Social and Developmental Psychology (University of Cyprus), an MA in Communication and New Journalism (Open University of Cyprus), and a BS in Communication and Internet Studies (Cyprus University of Technology). Her research centers on leveraging digital health technologies, particularly Virtual Reality, to enhance the health-related quality of life for patients with severe dementia, cancer, amputations, burn injuries, motor impairments, and mental health disorders. Dr Matsangidou has authored over 50 articles in the most influential conferences and journals in Human-Computer Interaction, such as the AMC CHI Conference, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and Virtual Reality Journal. She has also served as the local or overall coordinator of over 10 research projects, funded by the EU and other organizations, with a total budget managed by her exceeding 2.5 million euros.

Samuel Max, MD

Erasmus MC University, Netherlands

Dr. Samuel Max, BM BCh (Oxon), blends his expertise in engineering with his medical proficiency as a physician and PhD candidate at Erasmus MC University Hospital's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Having graduated from the Universities of Surrey, Utrecht, and Oxford where he achieved prizes as first in his cohort at each institution, he is now pursuing a PhD in the field of the medical XR technologies. Sam coordinates the design and development of a virtual reality simulation platform for surgical healthcare professionals, and leads a project focused on producing AI-driven digital twins for ECMO machines and Heart-Lung Machines.

Serena Ricci

University of Genova, Italy

Serena Ricci is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering at the University of Genova, Italy, where she teaches medical simulation and leads the Joint Lab for Emerging Technologies in Simulation. Ricci holds a PhD in Bioengineering and Robotics from the University of Genova, in collaboration with CUNY School of Medicine, New York, and a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Genova. From 2016 to 2019 she worked as research assistant at the Neuroplasticity Lab of the New York City College. After obtaining her PhD, in 2020, she began working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Simulation and Advanced Education Center of the University of Genova. In 2021, she was affiliated visiting researcher at the Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Since 2023, Ricci has served on the board of the Italian Society for Medical Simulation (SIMMED); she is also actively involved in the Society for Simulation in Europe, where she leads the Technology and Innovation Special Interest Group. Ricci's research interests include the use of technology and physiological data to improve medical and surgical training and evaluation.

Mikael Rubin

Palo Alto University, United States

Mikael Rubin is an Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. From studying virtual reality in art to conducting virtual reality exposure therapy, he is curious about how what we attend to influences how we make meaning out of lived experience. He specializes in research and interventions related to anxiety and posttraumatic stress. His research has used a wide range of approaches (including eye tracking, neuroimaging, and network analysis). He directs the Transdiagnostic Attention Intervention (TRAIN) Lab at Palo Alto University and is especially interested in using virtual reality and eye tracking methods to evaluate, enhance, and widely disseminate mental health interventions.

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To apply to be an Associate Editor or Advisor, please apply using this application form. You should hold a PhD or similar higher degree and have a publication track record (h-index > 8) and ideally academic editing experience. 

Guest Editors & Theme Issue Proposals

JMIR Publications welcomes guest editors to assemble a theme issue on a special subtopic. For more information, please visit How to guest edit a theme issue and How to suggest a theme issue.  

This may be particularly interesting for workshop and conference organizers putting together a grant-funded event (eg, with invited experts) on a topic in scope for the journal. JMIR Publications can then be used as a dissemination vehicle. (Funding through grants or other sources is usually required and should be budgeted for in grant proposals. Letters of support are available from the JMIR Publications editor, if needed. Note that granting agencies such as NLM or CIHR usually want to see some sort of knowledge translation activities in workshop proposals, and have in the past funded the JMIR Publications APFs.)

The task of the guest editor(s) is generally

  • to solicit manuscripts from colleagues concerning the selected topic,
  • to select peer-reviewers for incoming manuscripts,
  • to make decisions (together with the editorial board) on article revisions and acceptance, and
  • to write an editorial for the theme issue
  • to secure funding to sponsor the APFs for published papers (usually in the $10-20k range).

Alternatively, the conference abstracts may be published in a supplement, with or without selected full papers published later in a theme issue or in regular JMIR Publications issues. See We are organizing a conference - can we publish our proceedings / abstracts in iproceedings? regarding publishing conference abstracts.