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New Names for 9 JAMA Network Archives Journals Starting January 1, 2013

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Media Advisory: For more information, contact JAMA Network Media Relations at 312-464-JAMA (5262) or email mediarelations@jamanetwork.org.


CHICAGO–  The nine specialty Archives Journals in the JAMA Network will change their names effective Jan. 1, 2013, part of the ongoing evolution to more closely interconnect the scientific journals published by the American Medical Association.

The journals will be renamed JAMA Dermatology, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Neurology, JAMA Ophthalmology, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Psychiatry and JAMA Surgery.

The name changes will coincide with the first major print redesign of JAMA Network journals in 20 years.

“While we all realize that changes in the names of our journals, which have been revered for decades, may raise some concerns among our loyal readers and authors, we believe that standardization of format and integration into The JAMA Network will justify these changes in the long run,” JAMA editor in chief Howard Bauchner M.D., and the nine specialty journal editors write in an editorial formally announcing the name changes.

The covers of the renamed journals will continue to reference their former Archives titles for several months following the January change.

Two of the specialty journals will see their new names shortened: the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine will become JAMA Pediatrics and the Archives of General Psychiatry will be known as JAMA Psychiatry.

“Today, adolescent medicine is an established discipline within the broader field of pediatrics, and the evolution of our name from American Journal of Diseases of Children to Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine to JAMA Pediatrics reflects this broadening of the bailiwick of the field, the deepening of the knowledge and expertise of its members, and our commitment to all who care for and about individuals in this age group. Although ‘adolescent medicine’ will no longer be in our name, clinical care of adolescents and advancing the science of adolescent medicine remain a central part of who we are as a journal,” journal editor Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., writes along with some of the journal’s leadership in an editorial.

The JAMA Network also has recently unveiled a new website and a smartphone/tablet app will be available soon.

“What will the future bring for The JAMA Network Journals? We will continue to publish the best content – including original research reports, practical review articles and scholarly opinion pieces. Our goal is not to be print-centric or web-centric, but rather to be user-centric, regardless of who those users are – authors, researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers, librarians, journalists, and, in some cases, patients,” Bauchner’s editorial notes.

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