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About JAMA

Howard Bauchner, MD

JAMA, published continuously since 1883, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal published 48 times per year in print and several times a week online. JAMA is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals. JAMA is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world, with more than 325 000 print recipients and more than 14 million annual visits to the journal’s website.  The JAMA Network Journals are freely available on an html app called The JAMA Network Reader. In addition, the online version is freely available to institutions in developing countries. JAMA's impact factor is 30. JAMA's acceptance rate is approximately 9% of the nearly 7000 major manuscripts it receives annually. In 2013, the median time for an initial decision for submitted manuscripts was 6 days, and the median time from submission to acceptance for all articles was 27 days. The median time from acceptance to publication was 32 days for all articles and 4 to 22 days for articles published Online First (for additional information, see the JAMA editorial). JAMA is a member of the African Journal Partnership Project and is partnered with the Malawi Medical Journal. The Editor in Chief of JAMA is Howard Bauchner, MD.


JAMA's Key and Critical Objectives

Key Objective

To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health





Critical Objectives





  1. To maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity independent of any special interests
  2. To publish original, important, valid, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics
  3. To foster responsible and balanced debate on important issues that affect medicine, health, health care, and health policy
  4. To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions and ongoing career development
  5. To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own
  6. To improve health and health care internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research
  7. To inform readers about the various aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural
  8. To recognize that, in addition to these specific objectives, JAMA has a social responsibility to improve the total human condition and to promote the integrity of science
  9. To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read
  10. To use technologies to drive innovation and improve the communication of journal content

Print ISSN: 0098-7484



Online ISSN: 1538-3598