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June 2017

JAMA Surgery 2016 Year in Review

Author Affiliations
  • 1Editor, JAMA Surgery
  • 2Department of Surgery, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(6):519-520. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0277

2016 has been an exciting year for JAMA Surgery. As Editor in Chief, I would like to convey some of our accomplishments to the readers, authors, and peer reviewers of the journal. First, as evidence of the high-quality publications in JAMA Surgery, the Impact Factor rose significantly from 4.4 to 5.7. This accomplishment reflects the hard work of our authors, the peer reviewers, and the editorial team. The 2015 Impact Factor of 5.7 positions JAMA Surgery as the number 2 ranked general surgery journal, a tremendous accomplishment. Second, an important goal for JAMA Surgery was to reduce the time from acceptance to online publication. We have succeeded with our goal, with the time from acceptance to online publication averaging 2.5 months for 2016 (Table). We accomplished this goal while preserving our overall acceptance rate, which was 22.7% for 2016. Acceptance rate for Original Investigations was 11.4% and for Research Letters was 27.6%. We are also happy to report that the overall number of submissions has increased by 3.3% from 2015 to 2016, a continuing trend.