Table 1

JAMA's Key and Critical Objectives

Key Objective

To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health

Critical Objectives


To maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity independent of any special interests


To publish original, important, well-documented, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics


To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions


To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own


To improve health and health care internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research


To foster responsible and balanced debate on issues that affect medicine and health care


To anticipate important issues and trends in medicine and health care


To inform readers about nonclinical aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural


To recognize that, in addition to these specific objectives, THE JOURNAL has a social responsibility to improve the total human condition and to promote the integrity of science


To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read

Dickersin et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007 7:44   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-44

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