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About JAMA Surgery

JAMA Surgery, which began publication in 1920, is an international peer-reviewed journal. JAMA Surgery is the official publication of the Association of VA Surgeons, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, and the Surgical Outcomes Club 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 Surgery is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in print/online issues 12 times a year. The journal receives more than 1.8 million online visits annually, with more than 2 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 11% for research manuscripts. The median time to first editorial decision is as low as 3 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 8.5, ranking among the highest of general surgery journals. For more information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor is Melina R. Kibbe, MD, Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, and Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: To promote the art and science of surgery by publishing relevant peer-reviewed research to assist the surgeon in optimizing patient care. JAMA Surgery will also serve as a forum for the discussion of 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.

JAMA Surgery
ISSN 2168-6254 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6262 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Surgery?

JAMA Surgery provides a sounding board and forum for all the changes that are occurring in surgery today, publishing innovative, clinically relevant research.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 8.5, ranking among the highest of general surgery journals
  • 50,000 surgeons reached each week
  • Over 2 million annual article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 2,900 media mentions in 2016 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Reuters, and Los Angeles Times
  • Top Altmetric scores among surgery journals—JAMA Surgery has 54% (27) of the top 50 articles with Altmetric scores (measure of news and social media coverage)
  • 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
  • Enhanced reader access through invited commentaries, author audio interview, email alerts, Twitter, and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

Every submission to JAMA Surgery undergoes prompt, rigorous review by our experienced editors.

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 20% acceptance rate for all submissions
  • Median time to first decision: Within 5 days; with review, 33 days
  • Time from acceptance to online publication for Original Investigations: 2.5 months
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

JAMA 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 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 Surgery Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamasurg.com.

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Updated September 2018