The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the 10 AMA specialty journals (the archives series) traditionally have functioned as peer-reviewed journals with editorial freedom and independence granted by the publisher to each editor. The journals of this family, from Archives of Ophthalmology (1869) to Archives of Family Medicine (1992), have been among the world's leading publications in their respective fields. In addition, these 11 journals function as a unique consortium.1 Submission to any one publication is tantamount to submission to all; high-quality manuscripts that are not suitable for the initial journal can (with the author's permission) be referred for consideration by another more appropriate journal. This process avoids procedural delays. Last year more than 500 manuscripts were referred to a consortium member from the originating journal.
As owner of these journals, the AMA recognizes that the trust physicians, scientists, policy makers, and the public place in its