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March 25, 2020

JAMA Surgery—The Year in Review, 2019

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 3Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. Published online March 25, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0148

This was a truly exciting year for JAMA Surgery, as the journal experienced several notable accomplishments. First, as evidence of the high-quality scientific publications in JAMA Surgery, the impact factor rose from 8.5 to 10.7. This remarkable achievement reflects the hard work of our authors, peer reviewers,1 and editorial team. The impact factor of 10.7 positions JAMA Surgery as the number 1 ranked surgery journal in the world, a tremendous accomplishment. More importantly, JAMA Surgery is the first surgical journal to achieve a double-digit impact factor—a true accomplishment for the entire field of surgery.

In 2019, the acceptance rate was 15.6% for all article types, 5.5% for Original Investigations, and 14.4% for Research Letters. The journal’s most popular articles by views and downloads, news and social media coverage, and citations are listed in the Table.2-8

Table.  JAMA Surgery Statistics for 2019
JAMA Surgery Statistics for 2019

The web and social media presence for JAMA Surgery continues to be very strong under the leadership of Amalia Cochran, MD, the Web and Social Media Editor. More than 3.8 million articles were viewed and downloaded from the journal website in 2019. The journal’s electronic table of contents is delivered each week to more than 68 000 individuals. We currently have 30 900 Twitter followers, which represents a 22.6% increase in 2019, and 25 691 Facebook followers, which represents an 11.7% increase in 2019 (Table). Thus, between the electronic table of contents, visits to the journal website, social media reach, and print distribution, JAMA Surgery reaches more than 80 000 individuals weekly.

JAMA Surgery continues to promote the work of the authors through additional outlets. JAMA Surgery publishes author interview podcasts,9 and in 2019, we published 1 each month. These podcasts continue to be stimulating under the direction of Cochran, who brings a wonderful level of insight into the interview process with the authors. Articles published in JAMA Surgery had extensive press coverage, with 3461 media mentions in 2019 in outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and Forbes. In recognition of the press coverage, web, and social media support, articles in JAMA Surgery have done well with Altmetric scores. JAMA Surgery published 25 of the top 50 articles by Altmetric score among surgery journals, including the number 1 article.

In 2019, the journal also appreciated some other changes. JAMA Surgery started publishing short reviews of focused clinical topics under the JAMA Surgery Insights series, an effort led by Gerry Doherty, MD, the Review Editor. The journal also started publishing brief synopses of published guidelines written by experts in the field as part of the JAMA Surgery Clinical Guideline Synopsis series, an effort led by Pam Lipsett, MD, MHPE, the Clinical Education Editor. We hope that both of these new short article types will provide readers with the information they seek in a focused and evidence-based manner.

Lastly, I want to thank the readers, authors, peer reviewers, and editorial board for contributing to the journal. Through your support, we aim to fulfill our mission to promote the art and science of surgery by publishing relevant peer-reviewed research to assist surgeons in optimizing patient care and to serve as a forum for discussing issues pertinent to surgery, such as the education and training of the surgical workforce, quality improvement, and the ethics and economics of health care delivery.

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Corresponding Author: Melina R. Kibbe, MD, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 4041 Burnett-Womack, CB 7050 101 Manning Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (melina_kibbe@med.unc.edu).

Published Online: March 25, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0148

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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JAMA Network. JAMA Surgery author interviews. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/pages/jama-surgery-author-interviews
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