Journal of Experimental Medicine
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
|J. Exp. Med.|
Rockefeller University Press (United States)
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The Journal of Experimental Medicine is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Rockefeller University Press that publishes research papers and commentaries on the physiological, pathological, and molecular mechanisms that encompass the host response to disease. The journal prioritizes studies on intact organisms and has made a commitment to publishing studies on human subjects. Topics covered include immunology, inflammation, infectious disease, hematopoiesis, cancer, stem cells and vascular biology. The journal has no single editor-in-chief, but thirteen academic editors.
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The journal was established in 1896 at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine by William H. Welch, the school's founder and also the first president of the Board of Scientific Directors of the Rockefeller Institute (since renamed Rockefeller University). From its inception, Welch edited the journal by himself—even editing manuscripts while attending baseball games. By March 1902, the editorial burden became too great for Welch, who stopped publishing papers and began stockpiling manuscripts and unanswered correspondence in his office, explaining the conspicuous absence of published papers from 1902 to 1904.
In October 1902, Welch appealed to the board of the Rockefeller Institute to take over the journal. The transfer of ownership and publication responsibilities required the physical transfer of manuscripts from Welch's office, which fell to the director of the Rockefeller Institute, Simon Flexner, who carried the abandoned manuscripts from Baltimore to New York City in a suitcase.
The first issue published by the Rockefeller Institute appeared in February 1905, with Flexner serving as editor, and the journal has been published regularly since then. Although the journal was adopted by the Rockefeller Institute as a venue for publication of the Institute's own research, it also accepted submissions from outside. Even in the early years, more than half of the papers published in the journal came from external labs.
An online archive of articles back to 1896 is available in text and PDF formats (material from 1996 and earlier is only available in PDF). Material over six months old is freely accessible and access to all papers is also provided free of charge to developing countries. All content is also deposited in PubMed Central, where it is available to the public six months after publication. Copyright to articles remains with the authors and third parties may re-use content after 6 months under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal received a 2015 impact factor of 11.240, ranking it seventh out of 148 journals in the category "Immunology" and fourth out of 123 journals in the category "Medicine, Research & Experimental".
Notes and references
- About the JEM. Journal of Experimental Medicine. Accessed February 23, 2010.
- Archive of All Online Issues: 1 Jan 1896 - 15 Feb 2010. Journal of Experimental Medicine. Accessed February 23, 2010.[not in citation given]
- "Journals Ranked by Impact: Immunology". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.
- "Journals Ranked by Impact: Medicine, Research & Experimental". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.