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About JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery is an international 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 is a member of the JAMA Network, a consortium of peer-reviewed, general medical and specialty publications.

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 over 3.1 million online visits annually, and more than 3.8 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 9 days, and 49 days with review. The journal's Impact Factor is 6.2, the highest ranking otolaryngology journal in the world. 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. 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, is the editor in chief. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see Editors and Publishers.

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 6.2, the highest ranking otolaryngology journal in the world
  • Over 3.1 million annual visits to JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery website; more than 3.8 million article views and downloads
  • International authors: 58% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 2,200 media mentions in 2021 in outlets such as The Washington Post, CNN, Forbes, and Reuters
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery published 39 of the top 50 articles among otolaryngology journals, including the No. 1 article
  • 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 16,000 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: 9 days without external peer review; 49 days with review
  • Online First publication of all articles
  • Coordination with meeting presentation: Opportunity to publish new research simultaneously with your presentation

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 Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
  • 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 Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery 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

JAMA Network journals welcome manuscript submissions on diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, see the Health Disparities Topic Collection and the list of articles on race, racism, and racial/ethnic disparities/inequities published during the last 5 years here.

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 June 2022