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About JAMA Dermatology

JAMA Dermatology (formerly the Archives of Dermatology) has been in continuous publication since 1882. It began publication by the American Medical Association in 1920 as Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology. The journal publishes material that helps in the development and testing of the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment in medical and surgical dermatology, pediatric and geriatric dermatology, and oncologic and aesthetic dermatologic surgery. JAMA Dermatology is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 11 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Dermatology is an international peer-reviewed journal published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in a print/online issue 12 times a year. The journal receives approximately 1.9 million online visits annually, with 2.6 million article views and downloads.  Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the JAMA Dermatology website. All articles are made free access on an html app called The JAMA Network Reader on the day of publication. In addition, the online version is freely available or nearly so to institutions in developing countries through the World Health Organization's HINARI program.

Editorial Information. The acceptance rate is 10%, with median time to first editorial decision as low as 1 day or 33 days with peer review, a median of 47 days from submission to acceptance (including time for author revision), and 11 weeks from acceptance to publication. All major manuscripts are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 5, ranking second among clinical dermatology journals. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The Editor is June K. Robinson, MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, and the Associate Editor is Jeffrey P. Callen, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: JAMA Dermatology publishes information concerning the skin, its diseases, and their treatment. Its mission is to explicate the structure and function of the skin and its diseases and the art of using this information to deliver optimal medical and surgical care to the patient. We attempt to enhance the understanding of cutaneous pathophysiology and improve the clinician's ability to diagnose and treat skin disorders. This journal has a particular interest in publishing clinical and laboratory studies that reveal new information pertinent to the interests and needs of the medical dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon, and all those concerned with state-of-the-art care of cutaneous disease. We believe that knowledge derived from well-designed clinical trials and studies of cost-effectiveness are especially important for improving the practice of dermatology. Studies that increase the understanding of the outcome of treatment or the means by which the burden of dermatologic disease can be measured and reduced to promote the health of patients with skin disease will receive special priority. The journal regularly publishes reports on clinical investigations, editorials, and systematic reviews with meta-analyses. It also features reports and discussions on clinicopathologic correlations; clinical disorders of unique didactic value; pharmacologic, medical, and surgical therapeutics; and ethical, moral, socioeconomic, and political issues.

JAMA Dermatology
ISSN 2168-6068 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6084 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Dermatology?

JAMA Dermatology (formerly Archives of Dermatology) publishes material that helps in the development and testing of the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment in medical and surgical dermatology, pediatric and geriatric dermatology, and oncologic and aesthetic dermatologic surgery, publishing innovative, clinically relevant research.

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

Every submission to JAMA Dermatology undergoes prompt, rigorous review by our experienced editors.

  • Time to first decision (median): 1 day; with review, less than 5 weeks
  • Online First publication of all major articles
  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 10% acceptance rate for research manuscripts

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 5, ranking second among clinical dermatology journals
  • Nearly 2 million annual visits to JAMA Dermatology website; over 2 million article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage, with 5,663 media mentions in 2015 in outlets such as New York Times and Washington Post
  • International authors: almost 50% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Broad reach through author audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, Facebook, and Topic Collections
  • Free access via The JAMA Network Reader, an app that integrates content across the entire JAMA Network of journals and is accessible from any device

Author Focus

JAMA Dermatology offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.

  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability for both print and online publication
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Dermatology
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video and audio
  • Free access: all articles are freely available on the day of publication on The JAMA Network Reader and research articles are available 12 months after publication on the journal's website.
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • Online extras: ability to post supplemental content online and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • The JAMA Network advantage: authors of papers not accepted by JAMA may have their papers automatically referred to JAMA Dermatology

For more information, see JAMA Dermatology Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at

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Updated October 2016