JAMA (journal)

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Former names
Transactions of the American Medical Association; Councilor's Bulletin; Bulletin of the American Medical Association; Journal of the American Medical Association
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Medicine
Language English
Edited by Howard C. Bauchner
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency 48/year
ISSN 0098-7484 (print)
1538-3598 (web)
Until 1960:
LCCN 82643544
OCLC no. 1124917

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association covering all aspects of the biomedical sciences. It publishes original research and reviews, as well as ancillary content (such as abstracts of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report). The journal was established in 1883 with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor. The journal's current editor-in-chief is Howard Bauchner of Boston University, who succeeded Catherine DeAngelis on July 1, 2011.[1] The journal has English, French, and Spanish language editions.[2]


The journal was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and superseded the Transactions of the American Medical Association.[3] The Councilor's Bulletin was renamed the Bulletin of the American Medical Association which was later absorbed by the Journal of the American Medical Association.[4] In 1960 the journal obtained its current title, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.[5][2] The journal is commonly referred to as JAMA.

Continuing medical education[edit]

Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians is a semianual journal section providing lists for regional or national levels of continuing medical education (CME). JAMA has provided this information since 1937. Prior to 1955, the list was produced either quarterly or semiannually. Between 1955 and 1981, the list was available annually, as the number of CME offerings increased from 1,000 (1955) to 8,500 (1981). The AMA website states that webinars are available for CME.[6]

Policy shift[edit]

After the controversial firing of an editor-in-chief, George D. Lundberg, a process was put in place to ensure editorial freedom. A seven member journal oversight committee was created to evaluate the editor-in-chief and to help ensure editorial independence. Since its inception, the committee has met at least once a year. Presently, JAMA states that article content should be attributed to authors and not the publisher.[7][8][9][10]

Previous editors[edit]

The following persons have been editor-in-chief:

  • Nathan S. Davis (1883-1888)
  • John B. Hamilton (1889, 1893-1898)
  • John H. Hollister (1889-1891)
  • James C. Culbertson (1891-1893)
  • Truman W. Miller (1899)
  • George H. Simmons (1899-1924)
  • Morris Fishbein (1924-1949)
  • Austin Smith (1949-1958)
  • Johnson F. Hammond (1958-1959)
  • John H. Talbott (1959-1969)
  • Hugh H. Hussey (1970-1973)
  • Robert H. Moser (1973-1975)
  • William R. Barclay (1975-1982)
  • George D. Lundberg (1982-1999)
  • Catherine D. DeAngelis (2000-2011)

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

This journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 30.387, ranking it 3rd out of 150 journals in the category "Medicine, General & Internal".[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Editor in Chief Named at "Journal of the American Medical Association'" Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2011
  2. ^ a b "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Library of Congress Catalog. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Ulrichsweb. ProQuest. Retrieved 2014-12-27. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ a b "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  5. ^ a b "JAMA". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians". JAMA (American Medical Association) 257 (1): 97–121. January 2, 1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390010101048. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  7. ^ Holden, Constance (15 January 1999). "JAMA Editor Gets the Boot". Science Now (Science). 
  8. ^ Kassirer, Jerome P. (27 May 1999). "Editorial Independence". The New England Journal of Medicine 340 (21): 1671–2. doi:10.1056/NEJM199905273402109. 
  9. ^ JAMA & Archives Conditions of Use[dead link]
  10. ^ Signatories of the Editorial Governance Plan (16 June 1999). "Editorial Governance for JAMA" 281 (26). pp. 2240–2. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2240. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  12. ^ "Serials cited". CAB Abstracts. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  13. ^ "CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List". CINAHL. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  14. ^ "Serials cited". Global Health. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  15. ^ "PsychINFO Journal Coverage". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  16. ^ "Serials cited". Tropical Diseases Bulletin. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  17. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Medicine, General & Internal". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 

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