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Edited byHoward C. Bauchner
Publication details
Former name(s)
Transactions of the American Medical Association; Councilor's Bulletin; Bulletin of the American Medical Association; Journal of the American Medical Association
Delayed, after 6 months
45.540 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISSN0098-7484 (print)
1538-3598 (web)
OCLC no.1124917
Until 1960:

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. It publishes original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of biomedicine. The journal was established in 1883 with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor.[1] The journal's editor-in-chief is Howard Bauchner of Boston University, who succeeded Catherine DeAngelis on July 1, 2011.[2][3] Due to JAMA deputy editor Ed Livingston downplaying the existence of racism in medicine on a JAMA Network podcast, Bauchner has been placed on administrative leave since March 25, 2021 while his role in the publishing of the comments is investigated.[4]


The journal was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and superseded the Transactions of the American Medical Association.[5] Councilor's Bulletin was renamed the Bulletin of the American Medical Association, which later was absorbed by the Journal of the American Medical Association.[6] In 1960, the journal obtained its current title, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.[7][8] The journal is commonly referred to as JAMA.

Continuing medical education[edit]

Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians was a semiannual journal section providing lists for regional or national levels of continuing medical education (CME). Between 1937 and 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). In 2016, CME transitioned into a digital offering from the JAMA Network called JN Learning CME & MOC from JAMA Network.[9] JN Learning provides CME and MOC credit from article and audio materials published within all 12 JAMA Network journals, including JAMA.

Publication of article by Barack Obama[edit]

On 11 July 2016, JAMA published an article by Barack Obama entitled, United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps,[10] which was the first academic paper ever published by a sitting U.S. president.[11] The article was not subject to blind peer-review. It argued for specific policies that future presidents could pursue in order to improve national health care reform implementation.[12]

Policy shift[edit]

After the controversial 1999 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 policy states that article content should be attributed to authors, not to the publisher.[13][14][15][16]


From 1964 to 2013, the JAMA journal used images of artwork on its cover and it published essays commenting on the artwork.[17] According to former editor George Lundberg, this practice was designed to link the humanities and medicine.[18] In 2013, a format redesign moved the art feature to an inside page, replacing an image of the artwork on the cover with a table of contents.[17] The purpose of the redesign was to standardize the appearance of all journals in the JAMA Network.[19]

Racism controversy[edit]

In a February 2021 podcast, deputy JAMA editor Ed Livingston questioned the existence of systemic racism in medicine; JAMA's tweet promoting the podcast said "No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?"[20] Livingston's comments and the JAMA tweet were immediately widely criticized by the medical community, resulting in the deletion of both the podcast and promotional tweet.[4][20] Editor-in-chief Bauchner issued a statement saying "Comments made in the podcast were inaccurate, offensive, hurtful, and inconsistent with the standards of JAMA", and Livingston resigned. Bauchner was then placed on administrative leave.[4]

Some doctors and researchers have publicly announced their refusal to submit manuscripts to JAMA until its issues with racial disparities in medicine are addressed.[20] A group of doctors requested that the AMA investigate the editorial staff and board, and began a petition that calls for editorial changes at JAMA and for a formal review of Bauchner's actions.[4]

Previous chief editors[edit]

The following persons have been editor-in-chief of JAMA:[21]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The JAMA journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2019 impact factor of 45.540, ranking it 3rd out of 165 journals in the category "Medicine, General & Internal".[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AMA history". The American Medical Association. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  2. ^ Mangan, Katherine (March 10, 2011). "New Editor in Chief Named at 'Journal of the American Medical Association'". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  3. ^ "JAMA Network, For Authors". JAMA. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  4. ^ a b c d Mandavilli, Apoorva (2021-03-25). "JAMA Editor Placed on Leave Following Racial Controversy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Ulrichsweb. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ a b "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  7. ^ a b "JAMA". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  8. ^ "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Library of Congress Catalog. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  9. ^ "JN Learning".
  10. ^ Obama, Barack (July 11, 2016). "United States Health Care Reform - Progress to Date and Next Steps". JAMA. 316 (5): 525–532. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9797. PMC 5069435. PMID 27400401.
  11. ^ "Obama becomes first sitting president to publish an academic paper". Business Insider. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  12. ^ #ObamaJAMA: Obama Just Became the First Sitting President to Publish an Academic Paper, Kelly Dickerson, July 13, 2016, Mic.com, https://mic.com/articles/148595/obamajama-obama-academic-paper-made-history#.zNIXflcV4
  13. ^ Holden, Constance (15 January 1999). "JAMA Editor Gets the Boot". Science Now. Science.
  14. ^ Kassirer, Jerome P. (27 May 1999). "Editorial Independence". The New England Journal of Medicine. 340 (21): 1671–2. doi:10.1056/NEJM199905273402109. PMID 10341280.
  15. ^ JAMA & Archives Conditions of Use Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Signatories of the Editorial Governance Plan (16 June 1999). "Editorial Governance for JAMA". JAMA. 281 (26): 2240–2. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2240.
  17. ^ a b Levine, Jefferey M. (6 November 2013). "JAMA removes cover art, and why that matters". KevinMD.com.
  18. ^ Showalter E (1999). "Commentary: An inconclusive study". BMJ. 319 (7225): 1603–1605. doi:10.1136/bmj.319.7225.1603. PMC 28304. PMID 10600956.
  19. ^ Henry R, Bauchner H (2013). "JAMA gets a new look!". JAMA. 310 (1): 39. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7053.
  20. ^ a b c Lee, Stephanie M. (March 1, 2021). "After JAMA Questioned Racism In Medicine, Scientists Are Boycotting". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  21. ^ American Medical Association (2015). "JAMA Masthead". JAMA. 313 (14): 1397–1398. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11680.
  22. ^ Gunby,Phil, Hugh Hussey, MD, former JAMA editor, dead at 71, JAMA, December 10, 1982, JAMA. 1982;248(22):2952. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220012004
  23. ^ Dr. Hugh H. Hussey, Dean Emeritus at GU, The Washington Post, November 11, 1982
  24. ^ a b c d "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  25. ^ "Serials cited". CAB Abstracts. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  26. ^ "CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List". CINAHL. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  27. ^ "Serials cited". Global Health. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  28. ^ "PsychINFO Journal Coverage". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  29. ^ "Serials cited". Tropical Diseases Bulletin. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  30. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Medicine, General & Internal". 2019 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2020.

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