JAMA (journal)

For other uses, see JAMA (disambiguation).


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
Publication history
Frequency 48/year
ISSN 0098-7484 (print)
1538-3598 (web)
LCCN 82643544
OCLC no. 1124917
Until 1960:
ISSN 0002-9955

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]


The journal was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and superseded the Transactions of the American Medical Association.[2] The Councilor's Bulletin was renamed the Bulletin of the American Medical Association which was later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 was a semianual journal section providing lists for regional or national levels of continuing medical education (CME). JAMA had 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 JAMA website states that webinars are available for CME.[6]

Publication of article by Barack Obama

On 11 July 2016 JAMA published an article by Barack Obama titled "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps," which was the first academic paper published by a sitting U.S. President. The article was not subject to blind peer-review and argued for specific policies which future presidents could pursue in order to improve national health care reform implementation.[7]

Policy shift

After the controversial 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 states that article content should be attributed to authors and not the publisher.[8][9][10][11]


From 1964 to 2013, the journal used images of artwork on its cover and published essays commenting on this artwork.[12] According to former editor George Lundberg, this practice was designed to link the humanities and medicine.[13] In 2013, a redesign moved the art feature to an inside page, replacing the cover with a table of contents.[12] The purpose of the redesign was to standardize the appearance of all journals in the JAMA network.[14]

Previous editors

The following persons have been editor-in-chief:[15]

  • 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 2015 impact factor of 37.684, ranking it 3rd out of 153 journals in the category "Medicine, General & Internal".[22]

See also


  1. "New Editor in Chief Named at "Journal of the American Medical Association'" Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2011
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Ulrichsweb. ProQuest. Retrieved 2014-12-27. (subscription required (help)).
  3. 1 2 "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  4. 1 2 "JAMA". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  5. "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association". Library of Congress Catalog. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. "Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians" (PDF). JAMA. American Medical Association. 257 (1): 97–121. January 2, 1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390010101048. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
    1. 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
  7. Holden, Constance (15 January 1999). "JAMA Editor Gets the Boot". Science Now. Science.
  8. Kassirer, Jerome P. (27 May 1999). "Editorial Independence". The New England Journal of Medicine. 340 (21): 1671–2. doi:10.1056/NEJM199905273402109.
  9. JAMA & Archives Conditions of Use Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. 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.
  11. 1 2 Levine, Jefferey M. (6 November 2013). "JAMA removes cover art, and why that matters". KevinMD.com.
  12. Showalter E (1999). "Commentary: An inconclusive study". BMJ. 319 (7225): 1603–1605. doi:10.1136/bmj.319.7225.1603. PMC 28304Freely accessible. PMID 10600956.
  13. Henry R, Bauchner H (2013). "JAMA gets a new look!". JAMA. 310 (1): 39. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7053.
  14. American Medical Association (2015). "JAMA Masthead". JAMA. 313 (14): 1397–1398. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11680.
  15. 1 2 3 4 "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  16. "Serials cited". CAB Abstracts. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  17. "CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List". CINAHL. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  18. "Serials cited". Global Health. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  19. "PsychINFO Journal Coverage". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  20. "Serials cited". Tropical Diseases Bulletin. CABI. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  21. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Medicine, General & Internal". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.
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