JAMA Network Open published its inaugural edition in May 2018, and 2019 represents the first full calendar year of publication. Our mission is to be “an international, peer-reviewed, open access, general medical journal that publishes research on clinical care, innovation in health care, health policy, and global health across all health disciplines and countries for clinicians, investigators, and policy makers.” We believe that the journal is clearly fulfilling this mission.
We are grateful that JAMA Network Open has been embraced by investigators throughout the international community who have entrusted us to consider their work and readers who view our content, which is now published each business day. Submissions to JAMA Network Open steadily increased throughout 2019; as shown in the Table,1-4 we received 2987 research manuscripts during 2019 and published 800, with an acceptance rate of 30%. We also published 177 Invited Commentaries and Editorials that help to put these new research findings into context for the reader, whether they be clinicians, investigators, policy makers, or the general public. We are delighted that 40% of our submissions were from countries outside the United States, reflecting our commitment as an open access journal to the global health community and to clinicians everywhere. Research articles are published a median of 7 weeks after acceptance, and they are freely available to all readers instantly when published.
The reach of our journal has been impressive. There were more than 6.3 million full-text or PDF downloads of articles this past year, which is all the more impressive for such a young journal. In 2019, our articles were cited in the news media more than 33 000 times, and among open access general medical journals, JAMA Network Open published 36 of the top 50 articles with the highest Altmetric scores (measure of coverage by news and social media), including the No. 1 article.1 In addition, the journal is indexed in Medline, Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports, and the Directory of Open Access Journals, and all research articles are deposited in PubMed Central. We expect our first impact factor later this year.
JAMA Network Open has been a leader in innovation and will continue to be so. We have links in the Instructions for Authors5 to reporting guidelines of the Equator Network6 for specific study types, helping authors to present their research in a clear, complete way that adheres to the highest scientific standards. We are the first journal to have titles and Key Points of all articles translated into Spanish and Chinese languages. We are now recording podcasts in which we discuss important articles appearing in the journal. We have begun to publish visual abstracts for randomized clinical trials,7,8 which make the information contained in an article much more accessible to all types of readers. Beginning in spring 2020, we started publishing new research articles 5 days per week, providing our authors with rapid publication of their work and our readers with new information daily. This past year, we had special calls for papers on machine learning,9 end-of-life care,10 and climate change and health.11 We recently issued a call for papers on severe maternal morbidity and mortality.12 We will have other calls for papers in the coming months on important topics related to health and health care around the world.
Many people have been responsible for making this journal successful.13 Our editorial staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that every issue of JAMA Network Open appears online with superbly edited content. Colleen Kelly has worked behind the scenes in managing the startup of the journal and has been key in keeping the process on track. Daniel Lowden, Michaela Mark, and Shannon Sparenga perform the day-to-day processing of submissions, reviews, and author correspondence and are responsible for how smooth the process is for all of us. We are supported by a dedicated team of manuscript editors and production staff. Our outstanding editorial board has provided guidance and advice on how to make JAMA Network Open not just the best open access journal in the world, but one of the best journals publishing health-related research.
Our associate editors, digital editor, statistical editor, and assistant editors have been truly an outstanding team. Our discussions during regular manuscript meetings are lively intellectual interchanges as we carefully consider each manuscript and the reviewers’ comments in our decisions on what we should publish.
We believe that the unsung heroes of journals are the peer reviewers. As members of the community of science, peer reviewers contribute their time and energy to the publishing process, which is totally dependent on them in our efforts to publish the highest-quality science that we can. In 2019, 2196 peer reviewers provided their expertise to allow us to fulfill our mission of publishing studies that will make a difference in the health and health care of people around the world.14 Our cadre of statistical reviewers has expanded to 69 as our volume has grown, ensuring that every research article we publish is methodologically sound and the results analyzed appropriately and presented clearly.
Our greatest expression of gratitude, however, is due to Howard Bauchner, MD, editor in chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network, Tom Easley, publisher of the JAMA Network, and Annette Flanagin, RN, MA, executive managing editor of JAMA and the JAMA Network. They had a vision for an open access journal that would uphold the same high standards as the other journals in the JAMA Network and the unflagging commitment to make that vision a reality. Without their tireless support, this enterprise would not have achieved the success it has.
Published: March 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3017
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Rivara FP et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Box 359960, 325 Ninth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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Rivara FP, Fihn SD. JAMA Network Open—The Year in Review, 2019. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(3):e203017. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3017
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