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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 159,000 members of the American College of Physicians and many more physicians and researchers worldwide who read the journal via institutional subscriptions. The most recent (2018) Impact Factor for Annals of Internal Medicine is 19.315 (Clarivate Analytics). With 57,057 total cites in 2018, Annals is the most cited general internal medicine journal and one of the most 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 articles online every Tuesday, with print issues twice a month on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Annals of Internal Medicine is indexed in BIOSIS Previews, CAB Direct, Chemical Abstracts Service (CASSI), CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Current Contents/Life Sciences, 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: Annals of Internal Medicine at Age 75: Reflections on the Past 25 Years
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 148,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.
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.
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Christine Laine, MD, MPH
Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD
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Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc
Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH, Sankey V. Williams, MD, Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, MSCE
Frank Davidoff, MD, Robert H. Fletcher, MD, MSc, Suzanne W. Fletcher, MD, MSc, Edward J. Huth, MD, Harold C. Sox, MD
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Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH
E. Victor Adlin, MD, Michael Bretthauer, MD, PhD, DuPont Guerry IV, MD, William G. Kussmaul III, MD, Michael A. LaCombe, MD, Lisa A. Mandl, MD, MPH, Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, Mindy G. Schuster, MD, MSCE, Ashwini Sehgal, MD, Michael Unger, MD
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John E. Cornell, PhD, Steven N. Goodman, MD, PhD, MHS, Eliseo Guallar, MD, PhD, A. Russell Localio, JD, MPH, MS, Anne R. Meibohm, PhD, Eric A. Ross, PhD, John B. Wong, MD
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