JAMA (journal)

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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 weekly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association. The journal was established in 1883, with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor, although the acronym JAMA was not added until 1960.[citation needed] The journal's current editor-in-chief is Howard C. Bauchner of Boston University, who succeeded Catherine D. DeAngelis on July 1, 2011.[1] The journal has English, French, and Spanish language editions.

Aims and scope[edit]

JAMA was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and has been published continuously since then. It publishes original research, reviews, commentaries, editorials, essays, medical news, correspondence, and ancillary content (such as abstracts of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report). The journal covers all aspects of the biomedical sciences.

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.[2]

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 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.[3][4][5][3][6]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

This journal is abstracted and indexed in:[7][8][9]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 30.387, ranking it third out of 150 journals in the category "Medicine, General & Internal".[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Editor in Chief Named at "Journal of the American Medical Association'" Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2011
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ a b Constance Holden, JAMA Editor Gets the Boot, Science Now, 15 January 1999
  4. ^ Jerome P. Kassirer (1999) Editorial Independence, NEJM, 340(21):1671-1672
  5. ^ JAMA & Archives Conditions of Use
  6. ^ Editorial governance plan: Signatories of the Editorial Governance Plan, Editorial Governance for JAMA, June 1999; 281: 2240–2242.
  7. ^ "NLM catalog". Bibliographic information for this journal. U.S. National Library of Medicine. December 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "CAS Source Index (CASSI)" (online search). Bibliographic information for this journal. American Chemical Society. December 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Master Journal List". Bibliographic information for this journal. Thomson Reuters. December 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Medicine, General & Internal". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 

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