Howard Bauchner, MD
Editor in Chief
Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA
JAMA, published continuously since 1883, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal. JAMA is a member of the JAMA Network family of journals, which includes 11 specialty journals and JAMA Network Open.
Journal Reach. JAMA is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world, with more than 320,000 recipients of the print journal, 1.2 million recipients of electronic tables of contents and alerts, and over 20 million annual visits to the journal's website. JAMA's reach includes a growing social media presence (more than 200,000 Twitter and 400,000 Facebook followers) and vast international news media exposure, including 6-8 million viewers of the JAMA video news report each week.
Frequency of Publication and Access. JAMA is published 48 times per year in print/online issues, and new articles are published several times a week online. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 6 months after publication on the JAMA website. All articles are made free access on an html app called JN 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. JAMA's acceptance rate is 11% of the more than 7,000 major manuscripts it receives annually and 4% of the more than 4,400 research papers received. In 2016, the median time for an initial editorial decision for submitted manuscripts was 3 days; the median time from submission to acceptance for all articles was 18 days and 33 days from acceptance to publication (for additional information, see the JAMA Editorial). JAMA's impact factor is 47.7. For more information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.
Editorial Team. The Editor in Chief of JAMA is Howard Bauchner, MD, and Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA, is the Executive Editor. See the Editors & Publishers link at the bottom of this page for additional information on the journal's Editors and Editorial Board.
JAMA is a member of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, cosponsors the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, and is a member of the African Journal Partnership Project and is partnered with the Malawi Medical Journal.
JAMA's Key and Critical Objectives
To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health
- To maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity independent of any special interests
- To publish original, important, valid, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics
- To foster responsible and balanced debate on important issues that affect medicine, health, health care, and health policy
- To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions and ongoing career development
- To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own
- To improve health and health care internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research
- To inform readers about the various aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural
- To recognize that, in addition to these specific objectives, JAMA has a social responsibility to improve the total human condition and to promote the integrity of science
- To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read
- To use technologies to drive innovation and improve the communication of journal content
ISSN 0098-7484 (Print)
ISSN 1538-3598 (Online)
Updated June 2018
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