Author Affiliations: Dr DeAngelis (email@example.com) is Editor in Chief and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA.
JAMA's key objective is “to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.”1 Included among the 10 critical objectives that support fulfilling this key objective are the following: “To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own” and “To inform readers about nonclinical aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural.”1 While publication of rigorously conducted research studies and systematic reviews contributes to achieving these objectives, publication of other types of articles, especially scholarly, insightful, and authoritative Commentaries, also plays an essential role.
DeAngelis CD, Fontanarosa PB. JAMA's Contributing Writers. JAMA. 2007;297(19):2139-2140. doi:10.1001/jama.297.19.2139