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About Annals of Internal Medicine

About Annals

Established in 1927 by the American College of Physicians (ACP), Annals of Internal Medicine is the premier internal medicine journal. Annals of Internal Medicine’s mission is to promote excellence in medicine, enable physicians and other health care professionals to be well informed members of the medical community and society, advance standards in the conduct and reporting of medical research, and contribute to improving the health of people worldwide. To achieve this mission, the journal publishes a wide variety of original research, review articles, practice guidelines, and commentary relevant to clinical practice, health care delivery, public health, health care policy, medical education, ethics, and research methodology. In addition, the journal publishes personal narratives that convey the feeling and the art of medicine.

Annals of Internal Medicine has a large readership that includes the 133,000 members of the American College of Physicians and many more physicians and researchers worldwide who read the journal via institutional subscriptions. The most recent (2013) Impact Factor for Annals of Internal Medicine is 16.104—the highest of any specialty journal in the Thomson Reuters’ General and Internal Medicine category. The Impact Factor is a measurement of the frequency with which the “average article” has been cited. Annals has risen in rank to 5th among 150 general medicine journals. It is one of the most highly cited and influential journals in the world. Material published in Annals is subject to peer review and the journal greatly appreciates the efforts of the over 18,000 volunteers in our reviewer database who provide critical input into our peer review process. Acceptance rates for original research range from 6-8% in recent years. Annals of Internal Medicine publishes new issues twice a month on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Online-first articles are generally released on other Tuesdays.

Annals of Internal Medicine is indexed in BIOSIS Previews, CAB Direct, Chemical Abstracts Service (CASSI), CINAHL, Current Contents - Clinical Medicine, Current contents - Live Science, EMBASE, Index Medicus, MEDLINE, PubMed, Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Scopus.

A detailed history of the Annals' first 75 years is available at Annals of Internal Medicine at Age 75: Reflections on the Past 25 Years

About ACP

Annals of Internal Medicine’s  publisher, the American College of Physicians (www.acponline.org), is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 132,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter (www.twitter.com/acpinternists) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/acpinternists).


Editorial Policy

Annals of Internal Medicine publishes original articles, reviews, commentaries, clinical guidelines, editorials, letters, and other information relevant to internal medicine and related fields. Further details on the kinds of manuscripts that are considered for publication are provided in Information for Authors.

Portions of the content of Annals of Internal Medicine are protected by copyright. Papers authored by U.S. government employees whose work was done as part of their official duties are in the public domain. Manuscripts are accepted for publication with the understanding that their contents, all or in part, have not been published elsewhere and will not be published elsewhere, except in abstract form or by the express consent of the Editor and Publisher.

Copyrighted information on this Web site is provided solely for personal use. Permission for other uses must be obtained from the American College of Physicians. For further details, see Reprints, Permissions, and Classroom Use .

Statements expressed in Annals of Internal Medicine reflect the views of the authors and not necessarily the policies of the journal or of the American College of Physicians, unless so identified. Annals of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians accept no responsibility for statements made by contributors or claims made by advertisers, nor does the publication of advertisements constitute or imply endorsement.

Disclaimer: The American College of Physicians disclaims all liability for damages arising out of the use of any information provided on this Web site, including special and consequential damages, expenses, or other claims. The American College of Physicians specifically disclaims any warrant, guarantee, or representation as to the correctness, accuracy, reliability, timeliness, fitness of purpose, merchantability, or use of this information.


Annals of Internal Medicine Public Access

One of the most widely cited journals in medicine, Annals gives free access to many articles at www.annals.org as part of its commitment to readers and authors.

Free, publicly accessible content includes:

  • Clinical Guidelines and Related Reviews
  • NIH Conferences
  • AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Reviews
  • Selected "Online-First" Articles
  • Selected Randomized, Controlled Trials
  • Summaries for Patients
  • In the Clinic Patient Information Pages

Abstracts, Tables of Contents, E-mail Alerts, Podcasts, Video News Releases, and Author Insight Videos are also free.

In addition to the access described above, Annals also makes the full content of all issues freely available in countries with developing economies and supports authors’ efforts to adhere to the NIH Public Access Policy.

The full-text of individual articles back to 1993 that are not freely available can be purchased for $US 29.95; you will be prompted to purchase when attempting to access the full text. The charge for articles published before 1993 is $40.

Institutional subscriptions, site licenses, and backfiles (1927–1992) are also available; click here for more information.


Staff

Editorial Staff

Editor in Chief
Christine Laine, MD, MPH

Executive Deputy Editor
Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD

Senior Deputy Editor
Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc

Deputy Editors
Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Sankey V. Williams, MD

Deputy Editor, Statistics
Catharine B. Stack, PhD, MS

Editors Emeriti
Frank Davidoff, MD, Robert H. Fletcher, MD, MSc, Suzanne W. Fletcher, MD, MSc, Edward J. Huth, MD, Harold C. Sox, MD

Associate Editors
E. Victor Adlin, MD, DuPont Guerry IV, MD, William G. Kussmaul III, MD, Michael A. LaCombe, Lisa A. Mandl, MD, MPH, MD, Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, Mindy G. Schuster, MD, MSCE, Ashwini Sehgal, MD, Michael Unger, MD, Yu-Xiao Yang, MD

Associate Editors, Statistics
John E. Cornell, PhD, Steven N. Goodman, MD, PhD, MHS, Michael E. Griswold, PhD, Eliseo Guallar, MD, PhD, A. Russell Localio, JD, MPH, MS, Anne R. Meibohm, PhD

Associate Editors Emeriti
John L. Abruzzo, MD, Martin Black, MD, Leonard Braitman, PhD

Statistical Consultants
Eric A. Ross, PHD, John B. Wong, MD

Managing Editor
Mary Beth Schaeffer

Editorial Office
Robert Blackwell, Nicole Briglia, Suzanne Flint, Jill Jackson, Ann Paul

Editorial Board

Martin J. Abrahamson, MD, Boston
John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP, Ann Arbor
Deborah Cook, MD, MSc, Hamilton, Ontario
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, New York
Daniel G. Haller, MD, Philadelphia
David K. Henderson, MD, Bethesda
Thomas Imperiale, MD, Indianapolis
Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, Atlanta
Michael S. Lauer, MD, Bethesda
Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD, New York
Michael F. Murray, MD, Danville, Pennsylvania
Neil R. Powe MD, San Francisco
Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, Ann Arbor
Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, Baltimore
Mark L. Zeidel, MD, Boston

Education and Publication Committee

R. Ford Bursey, MD
Robert M. Centor, MD, Ex-Officio Chair, Board of Regents
Thomas G. Cooney, MD, Vice Chair
Jack Ende, MD
David Fleming, MD, MA, Ex-Officio President
Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, Chair
Rachel Jeanty, MD
Erik Kumetz, ENS, MC, USNR, CSM Representative
Mark A. Levine, MD
Joshua M. Liao, MD
Joseph Ming Wah Li, MD
Eileen M. Moser, MD, MHPE
Julie C. Nguyen, MD
Eric J. Scher, MD
Soma Wali, MD

Publishing Staff

Vice President, Publishing
Diane Scott-Lichter

Associate Publisher for Circulation, Licensing, and Permissions
Aileen McHugh

Associate Publisher for New Product Development
Thomas McCabe

Managing Editor
Mary E. Boylan

Supervisor, Editorial Production
Beth A. Jenkinson

Production Editors
Cristen Leaper, Amanda Neiley, Brandon Valentine, Glenn Watson

Assistant Editor
Megan Caffery

Publishing Administrator
Charles Graver

Advertising Operations

Manager
Brian S. Barker

Advertising Production and Billing
John Carney

Supervisor, Recruitment Sales
Margaret Gardner

Advertising Sales

Director, Advertising Sales
Kevin A. Bolum

National Account Manager
Ken Watkins

Web Site Technical Staff

Vice President of Digital Products and Services
Steven W. Spadt

Director, Web Services and Systems Development
Dan Hoffmann

Director, Digital Product Development
Brian Sweigard

Senior Architect, Digital Products and Services
Neil Kohl

Senior Systems Analyst/Developer
Dan Barron

Senior Systems Analyst/Developer
Scott Hurd

Senior Application Architect
Parsh Mehta

Senior Systems Analyst/Developer
Andrew Langman

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