JAMA and the JAMA Network’s Key Access Principles
Timely access to scientific research findings for the broadest possible audience is a principle on which sound science is based. Access to new findings helps other scientists adjust their hypotheses and open new lines of inquiry, which accelerates further discovery and innovation.
For those who rely on newly generated evidence to develop policies and define practices that improve medicine and public health, rapid and equitable access is critical. The principle of broad access is a cornerstone of transparency, reinforces rigor and reproducibility, and ultimately, is critical to all stakeholders’ trust in science.
The JAMA Network is committed to equitable, accessible publishing policies that allow authors to select the best publishing route for their research and ensure readers have immediate access to scientific findings.
Each of the 13 journals in the JAMA Network operate under a public access policy that permits authors of original research investigations to deposit their accepted manuscript in a public repository of their choice immediately on the day that the manuscript is published by the JAMA Network. The JAMA Network publishes 2 fully open access journals (JAMA Network Open and JAMA Health Forum), and all our specialty JAMA Network journals have an open access option with fee waiver and discount policies.
The guiding principle for all our publishing policies centers on what is best for science and for the application of science to medicine and public health. We steadfastly endorse the value of peer and editorial review that is particularly critical in the publication of clinical research, which has direct implications for the care of patients and the practice of public health.
Our policies also reflect our commitment to equity, both equitable access to read the science published in our journals and equitable access to publish in the JAMA Network.