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July 8, 2013

JAMA Internal Medicine—A New Name and More

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(13):1174. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2108

2013 Brings many changes for JAMA Internal Medicine (first, our new name) as well as for the country. I began my editorship 4 years ago announcing a new focus on health care reform at the same time our new President began his first term. Under our Health Care Reform banner, we have published widely cited articles on insurance coverage, use of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, health care costs, and delivery system changes. We will keep you informed on how the foldout of the many Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions, such as coverage expansion, insurance exchanges, and accountable care, are affecting our delivery of health care. We are delighted with the growing national conversation on appropriate care and how to decrease inappropriate or harmful care and the role of the Less Is More series in informing this conversation. We plan to continue to publish high-quality scientific articles, vignettes, and commentaries that can improve patient care, inform practice, and lead to better patient outcomes, and we welcome your contributions.

We are excited about our sleek new print redesign, which launches in this issue. The redesign gives the journals of The JAMA Network a uniform feel; we welcome your feedback. Even more important, we thank our dedicated editors, authors, and reviewers for providing us great articles to fill these pages. Our impact factor is at an all time high of 11.5. Our submissions have increased 10% from last year and 35% since 5 years ago. Thanks to the hard work of our editors, authors, and reviewers, our time from receipt to acceptance is 45 days and from receipt to rejection, 8 days, and thanks to the wonderful JAMA publishing team, time from acceptance to publication is a median of 83 days and from receipt to publication, a median of 124 days.

We are delighted to welcome Robert Steinbrook, MD, as our new Editor at Large, with responsibility for the Viewpoints section. The series is off to a strong start with a trio of Viewpoints on trust in the medical literature, followed by Viewpoints on preventing gun violence, public health responses to arsenic in foods, and security threats to polio workers in developing nations. Please send us your suggestions and submissions of Viewpoints on timely and thought-provoking subjects.

Raman Khanna, MD, MAS, has been busy working with the JAMA Network team to increase our digital presence. In June of 2012, we overhauled our website, giving us greater integration with the rest of the JAMA Network and providing us a platform for future web initiatives. Please keep checking at for details. In the meantime, please like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter at @JAMAInternalMed. Please also download our new reader app at, which allows users access to the entire content of The JAMA Network.

We hope these changes make for a more interesting reading experience, whether in print or electronic media, and that our journal enables us to provide better care, both to our individual patients and to the broader population.

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Corresponding Author: Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 505 Parnassus, Ste M1180, San Francisco, CA 94143-0124 (