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About JAMA Internal Medicine

JAMA Internal Medicine is an international peer-reviewed journal providing innovative and clinically relevant research for practitioners in general internal medicine and internal medicine subspecialties. We strive to publish articles that are stimulating to read, educate and inform readers with the most up-to-date research, and lead to positive change in our health care systems and the way we deliver patient care. JAMA Internal Medicine is a member of the JAMA Network, a consortium of peer-reviewed, general medical and specialty publications. Articles published in JAMA Internal Medicine have led to actions by the FDA and congressional hearings on matters of patient safety that have put into place better measures to protect the public.

The journal has a series, called "Less Is More®," that highlights situations in which the overuse of medical care may result in harm and in which less care is likely to result in better health. Manuscripts are designated as "Less Is More" by the editors if the subject highlights the value of improved patient-centered outcomes associated with lesser intensity or quantity of interventions.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Internal Medicine is published online weekly, every Monday, and in 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives over 7.5 million online visits annually and more than 9.3 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the 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. The journal’s acceptance rate is 14%. The median time to first decision is 2 days, and 38 days with review. The journal's Impact Factor is 20.8, ranking high among internal medicine journals. All articles are published online first. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, is the editor in chief. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see Editors and Publishers.

Mission Statement: To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of human health by publishing manuscripts of interest and relevance to internists practicing as generalists or as medical subspecialists.

JAMA Internal Medicine
ISSN 2168-6106 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6114 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Internal Medicine?

JAMA Internal Medicine publishes innovative, clinically relevant research for practitioners in general internal medicine and internal medicine subspecialties.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 20.8, ranking high among internal medicine journals
  • Over 7.5 million annual visits to the JAMA Internal Medicine website; more than 9.3 million article views and downloads
  • International authors: 39% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with 14,197 media mentions in 2019 in outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and CBS News
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Internal Medicine published 28 of the top 50 articles among internal medicine journals
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article
  • Broad reach through related commentary, author audio interviews, podcasts, email alerts, social media, multimedia, and more than 147,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 14% acceptance rate for all submissions
  • Median time to first decision: 2 days without external peer review; 38 days with review
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

  • User-friendly manuscript submission system and process
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with expert illustration, interactive features, video, audio, and visual abstract
  • Free public access: All research articles are free 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Open access: Authors of research articles may elect to pay for immediate open access on the day of publication
  • Direct deposit to PubMed Central: All research articles deposited directly in PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • Online extras: Ability to post supplemental content online and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • The JAMA Network advantage: Authors of papers not accepted by JAMA Internal Medicine 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 Internal Medicine Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamainternalmed.com.

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Updated October 2019

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