Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This Week's News
This Week's News
Nine specialty Archives Journals will assume new names next year
The specialty Archives Journals of the AMA will change their names effective Jan. 1 as part of a major evolution to more fully integrate the AMA's 10 scientific journals.
The new journal names will appear with the first major print redesign to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Archives Journals in more than two decades. The new names will reflect the unification of the journals in The JAMA Network, which debuted in April.
"As a group of journals, we are stronger and more flexible," JAMA Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, MD, and the editors of the nine Archives Journals wrote in an editorial published July 4. "The effect of the network will be greater than the sum of its parts."
Beginning Jan. 1, the specialty journals will be published under the following names:
- JAMA Dermatology
- JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
- JAMA Internal Medicine
- JAMA Neurology
- JAMA Ophthalmology
- JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
- JAMA Pediatrics
- JAMA Psychiatry
- JAMA Surgery
Along with these print changes, The JAMA Network has united the journals under new technology that can present the content in new formats. In May the network launched its new Web platform, which provides the complete articles from the 10 journals alongside integrated multimedia. The content is linked through semantic technology so users can search by concepts rather than words.
"Our goal is not to be print-centric or Web-centric, but rather to be user-centric," the editors wrote. "The goal is to harness the forces of innovation and technologic change to enhance the experience of our users."
Next steps for The JAMA Network include referring articles that are not accepted for publication in one network journal for prompt consideration by another, creating a more contemporary structure for abstracts and offering content in different languages. An app for smartphones and tablets also will be made available later this year.