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About JAMA Internal Medicine

JAMA Internal Medicine is an international peer-reviewed journal providing innovative and clinically relevant research for practitioners in general internal medicine and internal medicine subspecialties. We strive to publish articles that are stimulating to read, educate and inform readers with the most up-to-date research, and lead to positive change in our health care systems and the way we deliver patient care. JAMA Internal Medicine is a member of the JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA,  11 JAMA Network specialty journals, and JAMA Network Open. JAMA Internal Medicine receives regular attention from major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters Health, and US News and World Report, as well as social media outlets around the world. Articles published in JAMA Internal Medicine have led to actions by the FDA and congressional hearings on matters of patient safety that have put into place better measures to protect the public.

The journal has a series, called "Less Is More®," that highlights situations in which the overuse of medical care may result in harm and in which less care is likely to result in better health. Manuscripts are designated as "Less Is More" by the editors if the subject highlights the value of improved patient-centered outcomes associated with lesser intensity or quantity of interventions.

Journal Frequency and Access. The journal is published online every week on Mondays, an in print/online issues 12 times a year. The journal receives over 5.6 million online visits annually, with over 7.5 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the JAMA website. All articles are made free access on an html app called JAMA Network Reader on the day of publication. In addition, the online version is freely available or nearly so to institutions in developing countries through the World Health Organization's HINARI program.

Editorial Information. JAMA Internal Medicine receives approximately 3000 submissions per year with a 14% acceptance rate. The median time to first editorial decision is within 2 days and less than 5 weeks with external peer review. The median time from receipt to acceptance is 41 days (including time for author revision) and from acceptance to publication within 8 weeks. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 16.54, ranking second among internal medicine journals and sixth among 156 general medical journals. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor of JAMA Internal Medicine is Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California. Dr Redberg leads a team of recognized and respected experts who serve as deputy, associate, and section editors and as members of the journal's editorial board. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of human health by publishing manuscripts of interest and relevance to internists practicing as generalists or as medical subspecialists.

JAMA Internal Medicine
ISSN 2168-6106 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6114 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Internal Medicine?

JAMA Internal Medicine publishes innovative, clinically relevant research for practitioners in general internal medicine and internal medicine subspecialties.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 16.54, ranking second among internal medicine journals and sixth among 156 general medical journals
  • Over 5.6 million annual visits to the JAMA Internal Medicine website; over 7.5 million annual article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 43,000 media mentions in 2016 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and The Washington Post
  • Top Altmetric scores among internal medicine journals—JAMA Internal Medicine has 76% (38) of the top 50 articles with Altmetric scores (measure of news and social media coverage), including the No. 1 article
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article
  • International authors: Almost 40% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Broad reach through author audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Free public access via the JAMA Network Reader, an app that integrates content across the entire JAMA Network of journals and is accessible from any device

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

Every submission to JAMA Internal Medicine undergoes prompt, rigorous review by our experienced editors.

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 7% acceptance rate for research manuscripts
  • Median time to first decision: Within 2 days; with review, 5 weeks
  • Median time from acceptance to publication: Within 8 weeks
  • Online First publication of all major articles

Author Service

JAMA Internal Medicine offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.

  • User-friendly manuscript submission system and process
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video, audio, and professional graphics and illustrations
  • Free public access: All articles are freely available on the day of publication on JAMA Network Reader; research articles are free 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Open access: Authors of research articles may elect to pay for immediate open access on the day of publication
  • Direct deposit to PubMed Central: All research articles deposited directly in PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • Online extras: Ability to post supplemental content online and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • The JAMA Network advantage: Authors of papers not accepted by JAMA may have the option to have their papers and reviewers' comments automatically referred to one of the JAMA Network specialty journals and/or JAMA Network Open
  • Dedicated media team to promote your article to the news media and on social media

For more information, see JAMA Internal Medicine Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamainternalmed.com.

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Updated January 2018