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About JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery is a peer-reviewed medical journal that provides timely information for physicians and scientists concerned with diseases of the head and neck. The journal first began publication as Archives of Otolaryngology in 1925. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery is the official publication for the American Head and Neck Society and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc, and is a member of the JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA,  11 JAMA Network specialty journals, and JAMA Network Open.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery is published online weekly, every Thursday, and in 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives more than 850,000 online visits annually, with 1.6 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 22%. Median time to initial editorial decision is 9 days, 37 days with review. Median time from submission to acceptance (including time for author revision) is 84 days, and median time from acceptance to publication is 63 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 3.3, ranking high among general otolaryngology journals. For additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor of JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery is Jay F. Piccirillo, MD, FACS, CPI, Professor of Otolaryngology and Vice Chairman for Research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery provides timely information for physicians and scientists concerned with diseases of the head and neck. Given the diversity of structure and function based in this anatomic region, JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery publishes clinical, translational, and population health research from an array of disciplines. We place a high priority on strong study designs that accurately identify etiologies, evaluate diagnostic strategies, and distinguish among treatment options and outcomes. Our objectives are to (1) publish original contributions that will enhance the clinician's understanding of otolaryngologic disorders, benefit the care of our patients and stimulate research in our field; (2) forecast important advances within otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, particularly as they relate to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease through clinical and translational research, including that of the human genome and novel imaging techniques; (3) address questions of clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness that result from clinical intervention, which grow in importance as health care providers are increasingly challenged to provide evidence of enhanced survival and quality of life; (4) provide expert reviews of topics that keep our readers current with true advances and also to provide a valuable educational resource for trainees in the several disciplines that treat patients with diseases of the head and neck; (5) serve as a forum for the concerns of otolaryngologists such as socioeconomic, legal, ethical, and medical issues; (6) provide helpful critiques that enable contributing authors to improve their submissions. We encourage a concise presentation of information and employ an abstract format that efficiently assesses validity and relevance from a clinical perspective. This approach promotes succinct yet complete presentation for our readers and electronic information resources. We believe this approach typifies the commitment of JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery to providing important information that is easily interpreted by its diverse readership.

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
ISSN 2168-6181 (Print)
ISSN 2168-619X (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery?

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery publishes innovative, clinically relevant research for physicians and scientists concerned with diseases of the head and neck.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 3.3, ranking high among general otolaryngology journals
  • Over 850,000 annual visits to JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery website; 1.6 million article views and downloads
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article
  • International authors: 43% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with 1,940 media mentions in 2016 in news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Reuters, and U.S. News & World Report
  • Top Altmetric scores among otolaryngological journals—JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery has 60% (30) of the top 50 articles with Altmetric scores (measure of news and social media coverage), including the No. 1 article
  • Broad reach through author audio interviews, email alerts, Twitter, and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

Every submission to JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery undergoes prompt, rigorous review by our experienced editors.

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with a 22% acceptance rate for research manuscripts
  • Median time to first decision: Initial decision without review, 9 days; with review, 37 days (median)
  • Median time from submission to acceptance, including revision, 12 weeks
  • Acceptance to publication in 9 weeks
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery 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 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 Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video, audio, and professional graphics and illustrations
  • 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 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 Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamaoto.com.

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Updated September 2018