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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, a consortium of peer-reviewed, general medical and specialty publications.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Surgery is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in print/online issues 12 times a year. The journal receives over 3.5 million online visits annually, and more than 4.3 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 10 days, and 38 days with review. The journal's Impact Factor is 16.7, the highest ranking surgery 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. Melina R. Kibbe, MD, 17th Dean of the School of Medicine and chief health affairs officer for UVA Health, is the editor in chief. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see Editors and Publishers.

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 diversity, equity, and inclusion; 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 16.7, the highest ranking surgery journal in the world
  • Over 3.5 million annual visits to the JAMA Surgery website; more than 4.3 million article views and downloads
  • International authors: 52% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 4,400 media mentions in 2021 in outlets such as The Washington Post, Forbes, Reuters, and NBC News
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Surgery published 32 of the top 50 articles among general surgery journals
  • 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 67,000 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: 10 days without external peer review; 38 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 Surgery
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with expert illustration, interactive features, video, audio, and video 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 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 Surgery Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamasurg.com.

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Updated July 2022