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About JAMA Surgery

JAMA Surgery (formerly Archives of Surgery), which began publication in 1920, is an international peer-reviewed journal. JAMA Surgery is the official publication of the Association of VA Surgeons, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, and the Surgical Outcomes Club and is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 11 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Surgery is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in print/online issues 12 times a year. The journal receives approximately more than 1 million online visits annually, with 2 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the JAMA 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 journal's acceptance rate is 10% for research manuscripts. The median time to first editorial decision is as low as 3 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 5.7, ranking second among general surgery journals. For more information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor is Melina R. Kibbe, MD, Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, and Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: To promote the art and science of surgery by publishing relevant peer-reviewed research to assist the surgeon in optimizing patient care. JAMA Surgery will also serve as a forum for the discussion of issues pertinent to surgery, such as the education and training of the surgical workforce, quality improvement, and the ethics and economics of healthcare delivery.

JAMA Surgery
ISSN 2168-6254 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6262 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Surgery?

JAMA Surgery (formerly Archives of Surgery) provides a sounding board and forum for all the changes that are occurring in surgery today, publishing innovative, clinically relevant research.

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

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

  • Time to first decision: overall, as low as 3 days (median)
  • Time from acceptance to online publication: 8 weeks
  • Online First publication of all manuscripts
  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 22% acceptance rate for all submissions

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 5.7, ranking second among general surgery journals
  • 45,000 surgeons reached each week
  • Over 1 million annual visits to JAMA Surgery website; 2 million annual article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 5,000 media mentions in 2015 in outlets such as New York Times, Reuters, Newsday, The Washington Post, etc
  • International authors: 40% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • 120,000 registered users of 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 Surgery 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 Surgery
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video and audio
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • Free access: All research articles are freely available on the day of publication on The JAMA Network Reader and 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • 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 Surgery.

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

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Updated October 2016