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February 26, 1997

Medical Journals Online

Author Affiliations

Topeka, Kan

JAMA. 1997;277(8):673-674. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540320075041

For many of us, keeping up with scientific advances is a failing endeavor. Paid abstracting services, personal subscriptions, and assiduous library visits might fulfill the needs of some. Still, the effort wears out all but the most ardent of us. Fortunately, there might be a partial solution on the horizon in the form of journals that have recently established World Wide Web (Web) sites. These are journals we turn to for oftcited reviews, analyses, and original articles. They have become accessible, gratis so far, on the Web in an electronic format. This is a review of the Web pages of these medical journals. I have not included specialty journals, but have focused only on major peerreviewed journals of general medical interest.

Five general interest journals, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), British Medical Journal (BMJ), Lancet, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal