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December 24 2008

Update on JAMA-EXPRESSRapid Review and Publication

JAMA. 2008;300(24):2920-2921. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.866

Prompt dissemination of results of scientific investigations is an important responsibility of biomedical researchers and journal editors. JAMA has made concerted efforts to reduce the time to publication, such that the median time from manuscript submission to acceptance, including time for peer review and author revision, is now 69 days and the median time from acceptance to publication is now 37 days.1 However, for major research reports that have practice-changing implications or substantial public health importance, even this amount of time may be too long. Since 1999, JAMA has had a system for rapid review and publication (in print and also online) of major articles—JAMA-EXPRESS (EXpedited Peer Review and Editorial System for Science).2 This Editorial provides an update on the JAMA-EXPRESS policy and procedures.

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