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June 23/30, 1999

Independence, Governance, and Trust: Redefining the Relationship Between JAMA and the AMA

JAMA. 1999;281(24):2344-2346. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-24-jed90044

The framework whereby the American Medical Association (AMA) will relate to JAMA and theArchives Journals has now been published.1,2 These documents bring to the fore important issues of journal governance and editorial independence, issues that remain contentious. A recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine,3 and letters in the same issue4-10 rebuking and supporting the editor, highlight divergent views on the extent and meaning of editorial independence for general medical journals. We now explore these issues, making the case for editorial independence and emphasizing the interrelated issues of governance and trust.