Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean if information is embargoed?

The embargo means information concerning the study cannot be published, broadcast, posted online, shared with non-journalists, or otherwise placed in the public domain until the time of the embargo.

What is the JAMA and JAMA Network Journals publication and embargo schedule?

 

JAMA

JAMA is published on the first four Wednesdays of each month. All original contributions, editorials, letters and other content appearing in a particular issue of JAMA are embargoed for release the day before the publication’s issue date, on a Tuesday, at 3 p.m. Central time (CT) [4 p.m. ET]. For example, an article appearing in the Wednesday, September 7, issue would be under embargo until Tuesday, September 6, at 3 p.m. CT. Embargoed JAMA content is posted on the For the Media site on Thursdays. Select articles are also published Online First, ahead of print, on varying days of the week.

The JAMA Network Journals Embargo Schedule

Mondays: 3 p.m. Central time/4 p.m. Eastern time

JAMA Pediatrics

JAMA Neurology

JAMA Internal Medicine

Embargoed content will be available on the For the Media site on Thursdays.

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Wednesdays: 3 p.m. Central time/4 p.m. Eastern time

JAMA Dermatology

JAMA Surgery

JAMA Psychiatry

Embargoed content will be available on the For the Media site on Mondays.

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Thursdays: 3 p.m. Central time/4 p.m. Eastern time

JAMA Otolarynogology – Head & Neck Surgery

JAMA Ophthalmology

JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Embargoed content will be available on the For the Media site on Tuesdays.

 

Are there ever exceptions to the JAMA and JAMA Network embargo?

The embargo is strict and only the JAMA Network Media Relations Department is authorized to make changes to a study’s embargo time. Contact the department if you have a question concerning an embargo.

 

For Public Affairs Officers:

I’m a new PIO. How do I hear about new JAMA and JAMA Network studies?

If the JAMA Network Media Relations Department is distributing a release about a study, we will contact the press office of the lead or corresponding author’s institution.

Am I allowed to post a news release on my website?

Embargoed news releases may be posted only to restricted-access websites for journalists. Do not post embargoed news releases to open-access sites. JAMA and JAMA Network studies can not be posted on another website, but it is permissible to provide a link to the studies from another website.

Can I distribute my researcher’s JAMA or JAMA Network study to reporters?

Although mass distribution of JAMA and JAMA Network papers to the media is not allowed, journalists can be directed to the JAMA Network Media Relations department and/or the For The Media website for the study.

What are the guidelines concerning writing and distributing our own news releases on JAMA and JAMA Network studies?

Any news release or media advisory should the have the study’s embargo time, date, and time zone at the top of the release or advisory, and cite in which journal the study appears. Embargoed news releases should only be distributed to journalists. Embargoed information cannot be posted to openly accessible web sites; routed to electronic wire services such as PRNewswire, Ascribe, or BusinessWire; or otherwise placed in the public domain. (These and other open-access services may be used as soon as the embargo lifts, as desired.)