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March 21, 2019

JAMA Ophthalmology—The Year in Review, 2018: Embrace the Change, Maintain the Core

Author Affiliations
  • 1Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Editor, JAMA Ophthalmology
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(5):481-482. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.0160

There have been more changes to some parts of JAMA Ophthalmology in the last 5 years than perhaps any other period in the journal’s history. The journal reaches its sesquicentennial year in 2019, celebrating the 150th anniversary of what began as the Archives of Ophthalmology and Otology in 1869. It’s not just that the impact factor has grown 76% from 3.8 in 2012 to 6.7 in 2017—although that’s an important quality index measure—nor is it that the number of manuscripts received per year has climbed 63% from 939 to 1529 during the same period. It’s not even that the percentage of women on the Editorial Board has grown from 34% to 50% in 5 years, although that’s an important step toward greater diversity in leadership. Some of these and other statistics for 2018, including the top articles covered in news and social media and cited by other journals,1-6 can be seen in the Table.

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