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August 2016

JAMA Internal Medicine—The Year in Review, 2015

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine

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JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1068. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4041

I want to thank all of our readers, authors, reviewers, and of course my incredible team of editors for another wonderful and enjoyable year. We are also delighted to have an active group of JAMA Internal Medicine Editorial Fellows and Elective Residents from University of California, San Francisco house staff who all make considerable contributions to the journal.

It is a great privilege to edit JAMA Internal Medicine, thanks in large part to the work of all of our authors and reviewers, who make our jobs as editors both enjoyable and inspirational. We love talking with you at conferences and hearing from you. Learning that publishing in JAMA Internal Medicine opened new doors in your career makes our day. As detailed in the Table, we hit a new record for submissions this year, at 2893. At the same time, we shortened our turnaround time from receipt to accept to a median of 59 days, thanks to all of the hard work of the editors. As you can see, we have a high reject-without-review rate of 82%, which means that all of the senior editors are working hard to read and triage papers and thus only use our reviewers’ precious time for articles we know have a good chance of being reviewed favorably and published in our pages. After 7 years of working together, we have learned to look for the kind of content that has a clinical impact that you read and think, “yes, I am going to start doing that,” or “I am no longer going to do this.” We are pleased to welcome Gregory Curfman to our editorial group this year to edit our new section in the intersection of Health Care Policy and Law.

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JAMA Internal Medicine Statistics for 2015

Altmetrics is a new way to track the number of times each article is mentioned in the media or social media. This year we were thrilled to have 6 articles on the Top 100 Altmetrics list of 2015.16 You can see the Altmetric score for individual articles on our website. We also had 33 000 media impressions and 6.5 million downloads of articles. The journal’s Impact Factor is 14, ranking second among internal medicine journals and sixth among 151 general medical journals.

We want to continue publishing your high-quality studies and clinical trials as well as a range of opinion pieces and Teachable Moments from our trainees. In this election year, we will continue to publish articles on health policy related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other new programs, as well as critical issues such as gun violence. With your help, we want to publish articles that make a difference.

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

Published Online: July 5, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4041.

Correction: This article was corrected on August 29, 2016, to add the table and 6 references.

Jena  AB, Prasad  V, Goldman  DP, Romley  J.  Mortality and treatment patterns among patients hospitalized with acute cardiovascular conditions during dates of national cardiology meetings. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(2):237-244.
Orlich  MJ, Singh  PN, Sabaté  J,  et al.  Vegetarian dietary patterns and the risk of colorectal cancers. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(5):767-776.
Arem  H, Moore  SC, Patel  A,  et al.  Leisure time physical activity and mortality: a detailed pooled analysis of the dose-response relationship. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(6):959-967.
Harding  C, Pompei  F, Burmistrov  D, Welch  HG, Abebe  R, Wilson  R.  Breast cancer screening, incidence, and mortality across US counties. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(9):1483-1489.
Valls-Pedret  C, Sala-Vila  A, Serra-Mir  M,  et al.  Mediterranean diet and age-related cognitive decline: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(7):1094-1103.
Laukkanen  T, Khan  H, Zaccardi  F, Laukkanen  JA.  Association between sauna bathing and fatal cardiovascular and all-cause mortality events. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(4):542-548.