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JAMA (journal)

Former names
Transactions of the American Medical Association; Councilor's Bulletin; Bulletin of the American Medical Association; Journal of the American Medical Association
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Medicine
Language English
Edited by Howard C. Bauchner
Publication details
American Medical Association (United States)
Publication history
Frequency 48/year
Impact factor
ISSN 0098-7484 (print)
1538-3598 (web)
LCCN 82643544
OCLC no. 1124917
Until 1960:
ISSN 0002-9955
  • Journal homepage
  • Online access
  • Online archive

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 the biomedical sciences. The journal was established in 1883 with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor. The journal's current editor-in-chief is Howard Bauchner of Boston University, who succeeded Catherine DeAngelis on July 1, 2011.[1]


  • History 1
  • Continuing medical education 2
  • Policy shift 3
    • Artwork 3.1
  • Previous editors 4
  • Abstracting and indexing 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The journal was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and superseded the Transactions of the American Medical Association.[2] The Councilor's Bulletin was renamed the Bulletin of the American Medical Association which was later absorbed by the Journal of the American Medical Association.[3] In 1960 the journal obtained its current title, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.[4][5] The journal is commonly referred to as JAMA.

Continuing medical education

Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians is a semianual journal section providing lists for regional or national levels of continuing medical education (CME). JAMA has provided this information since 1937. Prior to 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). The AMA website states that webinars are available for CME.[6]

Policy shift

After the controversial firing of an editor-in-chief, [7][8][9][10]


From 1964 to 2013, the journal published full color images of artwork on its cover, accompanied by essays inside the journal.[11] Former editor George Lundberg described the practice as an initiative to emphasize the link between the humanities and medical science, in line with the journal's objective of informing readers about the nonclinical facets of medicine and health.[12]

M. Therese Southgate served as cover editor for over 30 years, choosing the images and writing commentary on the artworks. In an essay on her philosophy of art and medicine she said that:

Medicine is itself an art. It is an art of doing, and if that is so, it must employ the finest tools available—not just the finest in science and technology, but the finest in the knowledge, skills, and character of the physician. Truly, medicine, like art, is a calling. And so I return to the question I asked at the beginning. What has medicine to do with art? I answer: Everything.[11]

In 2013, a redesign moved the art feature to an inside page, replacing the cover with a table of contents.[11] The purpose of the redesign was to standardize the appearance of all journals in the JAMA network.[13]

Previous editors

The following persons have been editor-in-chief:[14]

  • Nathan S. Davis (1883-1888)
  • John B. Hamilton (1889, 1893-1898)
  • John H. Hollister (1889-1891)
  • James C. Culbertson (1891-1893)
  • Truman W. Miller (1899)
  • George H. Simmons (1899-1924)
  • Morris Fishbein (1924-1949)
  • Austin Smith (1949-1958)
  • Johnson F. Hammond (1958-1959)
  • John H. Talbott (1959-1969)
  • Hugh H. Hussey (1970-1973)
  • Robert H. Moser (1973-1975)
  • William R. Barclay (1975-1982)
  • George D. Lundberg (1982-1999)
  • Catherine D. DeAngelis (2000-2011)

Abstracting and indexing

This journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 35.289, ranking it 3rd out of 153 journals in the category "Medicine, General & Internal".[21]

See also


  1. ^ March 10, 2011Chronicle of Higher Education,"New Editor in Chief Named at "Journal of the American Medical Association'"
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association".  
  3. ^ a b "CAS Source Index".  
  4. ^ a b "JAMA".  
  5. ^ "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Library of Congress Catalog.  
  6. ^ "Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians" (PDF). JAMA (American Medical Association) 257 (1): 97–121. January 2, 1987.  
  7. ^ Holden, Constance (15 January 1999). "JAMA Editor Gets the Boot". Science Now ( 
  8. ^ Kassirer, Jerome P. (27 May 1999). "Editorial Independence".  
  9. ^ JAMA & Archives Conditions of Use
  10. ^ Signatories of the Editorial Governance Plan (16 June 1999). "Editorial Governance for JAMA" 281 (26). pp. 2240–2.  
  11. ^ a b c Levine, Jefferey M. (6 November 2013). "JAMA removes cover art, and why that matters". 
  12. ^ Showalter E (1999). "Commentary: An inconclusive study". BMJ 319 (7225): 1603–1605.  
  13. ^ Henry R, Bauchner H (2013). "JAMA gets a new look!". JAMA 310 (1): 39.  
  14. ^ American Medical Association (2015). "JAMA Masthead" 313 (14). pp. 1397–1398.  
  15. ^ a b c d "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science.  
  16. ^ "Serials cited".  
  17. ^ "CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List".  
  18. ^ "Serials cited".  
  19. ^ "PsychINFO Journal Coverage".  
  20. ^ "Serials cited".  
  21. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Medicine, General & Internal". 2014  

External links

  • Official website
  • American Medical Association Archives
  • Free copies of volumes 1-80 (1883-1923), from the Internet Archive and HathiTrust
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