In 2016, JAMA Dermatology’s reach increased with an ever-broadening digital presence. The total number of views of our content was 3.2 million, which represents a 20% increase over 2015. One driver of our digital presence is the Patient Pages, which are published quarterly under the capable direction of Dr Misha Rosenbach. The graphic artists of The JAMA Network work with the authors to represent diseases in a compelling manner that cannot be caught by a camera. Each piece is heavily curated to achieve the goal of “telling the story” with easily understood graphics and language. The Patient Pages are offered free to convey information to people who have these diseases. The number of downloads per month provides a measure of the magnitude of the response to the Patient Pages. For example, the page on Raynaud phenomenon by Milam et al1 was downloaded 7229 times in a single month.
Another measure of the digital impact of the journal is the Altmetric score, which includes blog posts and mentions in social and news media. In the past 12 months, JAMA Dermatology had 31 articles with Altmetric scores greater than 100. The top 3 articles cover a wide range of topics: (1) Pubic Hair Grooming Prevalence and Motivation Among Women in the United States (Rowen et al2; Altmetric score, 855); (2) Zika Virus in the Americas: An Obscure Arbovirus Comes Calling (Stamm3; Altmetric score, 623), and (3) Sunscreen: Product Performance and Other Determinants of Consumer Preference (Xu et al4; Altmetric score, 617).
The online platform at jamadermatology.com was extensively revised with the intention of improving users’ experience, especially for social media users.5 The Key Points feature offers brief summaries (about 100 words) of research and review articles’ questions, findings, and meaning. The most innovative and welcome change is presentation of the full text as a split screen, with the article text on the left and tables and figures on the right. Users can directly access the tables and figures from the text links. On desktops and laptops the article presents as if 2 browser windows are open at the same time. This places more elements of the article on view at the same time. Each article has a “You May Also Like” article link based on related clinical topics. This feature will take you to articles and reviews from JAMA Network journals that you may not regularly read.
JAMA Dermatology received 1842 total submissions in 2016, 1190 of which were major manuscripts, and 652 were Letters, Observations, and Notable Notes. The major manuscript acceptance rate was 17% (Table). The editorial policy of the journal is to render a decision indicating the journal’s interest about each submission within 24 hours of the authors completing the submission. This means that authors may receive notice of rejection for work that is not likely to meet criteria for acceptance quickly and without comments. Our intention is to allow authors to submit their work to another journal as rapidly as possible. Manuscripts that are believed by the editors to have the potential to be published in the journal then start the quality-assurance process. The editorial assistant engages the authors in completing a checklist of items prior to referral to peer reviewers.
An important way of informing the public is media coverage of scientific advances published in our journal. In 2016, media-provided information resulted in 5343 news mentions of articles published in JAMA Dermatology. News coverage of articles we published appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, Reuters, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, US News & World Report, HealthDay News, and Yahoo News. Six podcasts with authors, which are linked from specific articles, featured their unique perspectives about their research.
The peer reviewers, editorial board members, section editors, and the editorial and production staff of The JAMA Network contribute to JAMA Dermatology achieving its mission of reporting scientific advances to help improve the dermatologic health of our patients. In appreciation of the contribution of those who prepared peer reviews from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, we publish the names of the peer reviewers online.8
Corresponding Author: June K. Robinson, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 676 N St Clair St, Ste 1267, Chicago, IL 60611 (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Robinson JK, Callen JP. JAMA Dermatology—The Year in Review, 2016. JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(2):131-132. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.5930