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About JAMA

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. 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

Key Objective

To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health

Critical Objectives
  1. To maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity independent of any special interests
  2. To publish original, important, valid, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics
  3. To foster responsible and balanced debate on important issues that affect medicine, health, health care, and health policy
  4. To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions and ongoing career development
  5. To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own
  6. To improve health and health care internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research
  7. To inform readers about the various aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural
  8. 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
  9. To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read
  10. To use technologies to drive innovation and improve the communication of journal content

ISSN 0098-7484 (Print)
ISSN 1538-3598 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA?

Published since 1883, JAMA offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach from manuscript submission through publication. JAMA reaches physicians, other health professionals, researchers, policy makers, librarians, journalists, and others interested in medicine and public health throughout the world. JAMA provides the following:

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 47.7, one of the highest in medicine and science
  • Over 20 million annual article views and downloads and the largest print circulation of any general medical journal, with more than 320,000 recipients worldwide
  • Extensive press coverage, with 87,000 media mentions in 2016 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, NPR, and Los Angeles Times; video news releases of major articles seen by 6-8 million viewers each week
  • Top Altmetric scores among general medical journals—JAMA has 9 of the top 50 articles with Altmetric scores (measure of news and social media coverage), including the No. 1 article
  • Highlights of your article via weekly JAMA issue summary Podcasts, audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Broad reach, with 1.2 million recipients of electronic alerts (eTable of Contents and Online First) and more than 600,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Time to first decision overall (median): 3 days for initial decision without review; 40 days with review
  • Fast publication of major manuscripts: median time from acceptance to online first publication is 18 days; median time from acceptance to print publication is 33 days
  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 11% acceptance rate of the 7,000 annual submissions; 4% acceptance of the 4,400 research papers
  • JAMA-EXPRESS and Online First publication: Expedited peer review, revision, and online publication in 4 weeks or less for select clinical trials, other major studies, or reports with urgent public health importance
  • Coordination with meeting presentation: Opportunity to publish new research simultaneously with your presentation

Author Service

JAMA offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.

  • User-friendly manuscript submission system and process
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from JAMA's experienced editors
  • Highest editorial standards and services to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability in print and online
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with expert illustration, interactive features, video, and audio
  • Display of content on new, fast, device-responsive website with split screen presentation of article
  • Citations, views, and Altmetric score displayed with every article
  • Author video and audio Interviews of selected articles
  • Free public access: All research articles are freely available 6 months after publication on the JAMA website
  • Direct deposit to PubMed Central: All research articles deposited directly in PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • JAMA Network advantage: Authors of papers not accepted by JAMA may have the option to have their papers and reviewers' comments automatically referred to one of the JAMA Network Specialty Journals and/or JAMA Network Open
  • Dedicated media team to promote your article to the news media and on social media

For more information, see JAMA's Mission and Objectives and Instructions for Authors.

Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jama.com.

Questions? Contact us at jamams@jamanetwork.org or call 312-464-4444.

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Updated September 2018