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About JAMA Dermatology

About JAMA Dermatology

June K. Robinson, MD


Jeffrey P. Callen, MD

Associate Editor

JAMA Dermatology (formerly the Archives of Dermatology) has been in continuous publication since 1882. It began publication by the American Medical Association in 1920 as Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology. The journal publishes material that helps in the development and testing of the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment in medical and surgical dermatology, pediatric and geriatric dermatology, and oncologic and aesthetic dermatologic surgery. JAMA Dermatology is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 10 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Dermatology is an international peer-reviewed journal published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in a print/online issue 12 times a year. The journal receives approximately 1.7 million online visits annually, with 1.9 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 acceptance rate is 14%, with median time to first editorial decision as low as 1 day or 32 days with peer review, a median of 55 days from submission to acceptance (including time for author revision), and 12 to 16 weeks from acceptance to publication. All major manuscripts are published online first. The journal’s combined Impact Factor, reported in 2015, is 4.6 (4.789 for 1 year of the previously titled Archives of Dermatology and 4.426 for 1 year of the newly titled JAMA Dermatology), ranking first among clinical dermatology journals and fourth among all dermatology 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 is June K. Robinson, MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, and the Associate Editor is Jeffrey P. Callen, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. See Editors and Publishers for additional information on the journal's Editors, Editorial Board, Advisory Board, and International Advisory Committee.

Mission Statement: JAMA Dermatology publishes information concerning the skin, its diseases, and their treatment. Its mission is to explicate the structure and function of the skin and its diseases and the art of using this information to deliver optimal medical and surgical care to the patient. We attempt to enhance the understanding of cutaneous pathophysiology and improve the clinician's ability to diagnose and treat skin disorders. This journal has a particular interest in publishing clinical and laboratory studies that reveal new information pertinent to the interests and needs of the medical dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon, and all those concerned with state-of-the-art care of cutaneous disease. We believe that knowledge derived from well-designed clinical trials and studies of cost-effectiveness are especially important for improving the practice of dermatology. Studies that increase the understanding of the outcome of treatment or the means by which the burden of dermatologic disease can be measured and reduced to promote the health of patients with skin disease will receive special priority. The journal regularly publishes reports on clinical investigations, editorials, and systematic reviews with meta-analysis. It also features reports and discussions on clinicopathologic correlations; clinical disorders of unique didactic value; pharmacologic, medical and surgical therapeutics; and ethical, moral, socioeconomic, and political issues.

JAMA Dermatology
ISSN 2168-6068 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6084 (Online)

Updated April 2015

Misha Rosenbach, MD

Section Editor, JAMA Dermatology
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