CHICAGO (October 3, 2017) – The JAMA Network will launch a new online general medical journal, JAMA Network Open, in early 2018. The new journal will publish peer-reviewed fully open access clinical research across all medical disciplines.
Open access is free, immediate, online availability of research articles that permits others to access, read, and re-use the content.
The weekly journal will be the 13th journal in The JAMA Network, which includes JAMA and 11 other specialty journals. The newest journal follows the launch of JAMA Oncology in 2015 and JAMA Cardiology in 2016, which are hybrid journals offering open access for research articles.
The founding editor in chief of JAMA Network Open will be Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., the current editor in chief of JAMA Pediatrics. Dr. Rivara is Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
“Our editorial goal is to publish the very best clinical research across all disciplines, serving the worldwide community of investigators and clinicians and meeting the evolving needs and requirements of authors and funders,” according to an editorial published in JAMA announcing the new journal written by Dr. Rivara, JAMA and JAMA Network Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, M.D., JAMA Network Publisher Thomas J. Easley, JAMA and JAMA Network Executive Managing Editor Annette Flanagin, R.N., M.A.
Medical journals and publishing have changed over the past two decades and open access publishing has risen to prominence with the goal of making research findings available worldwide. Many funders also now require that authors publish their research in open access journals.
JAMA Network Open will be another publishing option for authors of research articles in the disciplines represented by The JAMA Network’s 12 current titles and for authors of manuscripts in other important disciplines. The new journal will feature health content from more than 40 medical and health subject areas. JAMA Network Open will follow the same rigorous peer review, editorial and publishing standards as do the other JAMA Network journals.
“The addition of JAMA Network Open will enhance JAMA and the 11 specialty journals and broaden The JAMA Network,” the editorial notes.
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