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JAMA Network from 1998 forward

Types of sections or functionality Individual Subscribers/Members Institutional Users Public
  JAMA Specialty Journals  JAMA Specialty Journals  JAMA Specialty Journals
Tables of Contents Abstracts, Extracts X X X X X X
Research articles X X X X 6 mos after publication 12 mos after publication
Editorials and Commentaries X X X X    
Patient Page, Advice for Patients X X X X X  
Letters, Book reviews, News X X X X    
PowerPoint Download X X X X On free content  On free content
CMEa X X With token purchase  With token purchase  With token purchase  With token purchase 
Commenting and Readers Respondb    X   X Xc Xc
Search X X X X X X
E-mail Alerts X X X X Xc Xc
Podcasts X X X X X X

NA indicates not applicable.
Content published prior to 1998 is included in the Backfiles collection; individuals may purchase single articles, and a perpetual access license is available for purchase by institutions.

a CME is available to physicians who are paid subscribers or who purchase tokens and to AMA members. CME is offered by JAMAJAMA DermatologyJAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, JAMA Internal MedicineJAMA Neurology, JAMA Ophthalmology, JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, JAMA Pediatrics and JAMA Surgery.

b Commenting is available for all JAMA specialty journals. Readers Respond is available for selected sections of JAMA.

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Editorials and Commentaries PPV PPV PPV or PAL PPV or PAL PPV PPV
Letters, Book reviews, News PPV PPV PPV or PAL PPV or PAL PPV PPV
Cited Article Links PPV PPV PPV or PAL PPV or PAL PPV PPV
Search X X X X X X

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