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About JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

About JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

Paul A. Levine, MD


JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery (formerly Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery) is a peer-reviewed medical journal that provides timely information for physicians and scientists concerned with diseases of the head and neck. The journal first began publication as Archives of Otolaryngology in 1925. JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery is the official publication for the American Head and Neck Society and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc, and is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 10 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery is published online weekly, every Thursday, and in 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives more than 600,000 online visits annually, with 1 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 journal's acceptance rate is 27%. Median time to initial editorial decision is 4 days, 32 days with review. Median time from submission to acceptance (including time for author revision) is 86 days, and median time from acceptance to publication is 57 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal’s combined Impact Factor, reported in 2015, is 2.058 (2.327 for 1 year of the previously titled Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery and 1.794 for 1 year of the newly titled JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery). For additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor of JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery is Paul A. Levine, MD, Robert W. Cantrell Professor and Chairman, Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, and President, University Physicians Group, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville. See Editors and Publishers for additional information on the journal's Editors and Editorial Board.

Mission Statement: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery provides timely information for physicians and scientists concerned with diseases of the head and neck. Given the diversity of structure and function based in this anatomic region, JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery publishes clinical and basic research from an array of disciplines. We place a high priority on strong study designs that accurately identify etiologies, evaluate diagnostic strategies, and distinguish among treatment options and outcomes. Our objectives are to (1) publish original contributions that will enhance the clinician's understanding of otolaryngologic disorders, benefit the care of our patients, and stimulate research in our field; (2) forecast important advances within otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, particularly as they relate to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease through clinical and basic research, including that of the human genome; (3) address questions of clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness that result from clinical intervention factors that grow in importance as health care providers are increasingly challenged to provide evidence of enhanced longevity and quality of life; (4) provide expert reviews of topics that keep our readers current with true advances and also to provide a valuable educational resource for trainees in the several disciplines that treat patients with diseases of the head and neck; (5) serve as a forum for the concerns of otolaryngologists such as socioeconomic, legal, ethical, and medical issues; and (6) provide helpful critiques that enable contributing authors to improve their submissions. We encourage a concise presentation of information and employ an abstract format that efficiently assesses validity and relevance from a clinical perspective. This approach promotes succinct yet complete presentation for our readers and electronic information resources. We believe this approach typifies the commitment of JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery to providing important information that is easily interpreted by its diverse readership.

JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
ISSN 2168-6181 (Print)
ISSN 2168-619X (Online)

Updated February 2015