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About JAMA Surgery

About JAMA Surgery

Melina R Kibbe, MD


JAMA Surgery (formerly Archives of Surgery), which began publication in 1920, is an international peer-reviewed journal. JAMA Surgery is the official publication of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association and the Association of VA Surgeons and is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 10 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Surgery is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in print/online issues 12 times a year. The journal receives approximately more than 1 million online visits annually, with 1.6 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 The 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. The journal's acceptance rate is 19%. The median time to first editorial decision is 1 day, and 21 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance is 38 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal’s combined Impact Factor for 2015 is 4.4 (4.9 for 1 year of the previously titled Archives of Surgery and 3.9 for 1 year of the newly titled JAMA Surgery), ranking among the top 4 general surgery journals. For more information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor is Melina R. Kibbe, MD, Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. See Editors and Publishers for additional information on the journal's Editors, Editorial Board, and International Editorial Board.

Mission Statement: To promote the art and science of surgery by publishing relevant peer-reviewed research to assist the surgeon in optimizing patient care. JAMA Surgery will also serve as a forum for the discussion of issues pertinent to surgery, such as the education and training of the surgical workforce, quality improvement, and the ethics and economics of healthcare delivery.

JAMA Surgery
ISSN 2168-6254 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6262 (Online)

Updated June 2015