A Decade of Work and Progress

Published:October 08, 2014DOI:
      2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the current editor, editorial board, and our management administration.
      We have been extraordinarily gratified by the many healthcare workers, physicians, nurses, and specialized technical personnel who have contacted us with mostly positive comments during our tenure with The American Journal of Medicine. Yes, there have been some irate letters when one or another “sacred cow” has been gored. However, these negative messages have been few and far between. The most common accolade involves thanks for publishing material that is relevant to the day-in and day-out practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties. We have thoroughly enjoyed working initially with the staff and members of the American Professors of Medicine (Chiefs of Medicine in the United States and Canada) and more recently with similar leaders of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, to which the American Professors of Medicine now belongs alongside a number of other closely affiliated organizations, for example, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.
      The American Journal of Medicine of today is quite different from the Journal I (JSA) read as medical student and a resident in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At that time, the Journal focused primarily on publishing research studies with a modicum of case reports, reviews, and clinical pathologic conferences. Before we took over the Journal in late 2004, many of the research articles were quite sophisticated and, in my opinion, would have been more appropriate for a subspecialty journal. With this in mind, initially, I (JSA) had a number of in-depth conversations with my contacts at Elsevier, Pamela Poppalardo and Glen Campbell. These 2 superb and knowledgeable publishers helped the Journal's editorial board and staff formulate a new, more successful direction. Working closely with Elsevier, a number of popular venues started during our tenure, include the Diagnostic Dilemma, a variety of images of the month, and a new emphasis on publishing useful quality assessment and improvement articles. Our impact factor has risen modestly over the years, but, more important, our Professions Education Research Quarterly (PERQ) readership analysis has increased dramatically (Table 1). Nearly 50% of internists in the United States report that they read a substantial portion of The American Journal of Medicine each month. For me, this is a terribly important statistic. Just like a newspaper, a medical journal seeks to communicate information. If there are no readers perusing the published material, then we have failed in our mission to communicate. Both the independently run PERQ analysis and my own impression from hundreds of personal, written, and electronic communications from readers confirm that we have succeeded in reaching our audience (Table 2).
      Table 1The American Journal of Medicine Statistics
      Total print circulation116,383
      Website page views (2013)2,122,353
      Website unique visits (2013)816,534
      Acceptance rate, overall20%
      Acceptance rate, clinical research studies15%
      Impact factor (2013)5.302
      Table 2Most Cited and Most Downloaded Articles Since 2005
      Pub YearArticle TitleAuthorsVolIssTotal Citations
      Top 5 Cited Articles- AJM

      Published 2005-present
       2009Weight and Type 2 Diabetes after Bariatric Surgery: Systematic Review and Meta-analysisBuchwald H., Estok R., Fahrbach K., Banel D., Jensen M.D., Pories W.J., Bantle J.P., Sledge I.1223817
       2007Fixed-Dose Combinations Improve Medication Compliance: A Meta-AnalysisBangalore S., Kamalakkannan G., Parkar S., Messerli F.H.1208448
       2006Late Thrombosis of Drug-Eluting Stents: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical TrialsBavry A.A., Kumbhani D.J., Helton T.J., Borek P.P., Mood G.R., Bhatt D.L.11912385
       2006Etiology of insulin resistancePetersen K.F., Shulman G.I.1195384
       2006Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Meta-AnalysisGalassi A., Reynolds K., He J.11910379
      Cover DateArticle TitleAuthor(s)VolIssFull-text Requests
      Top 5 Downloaded Articles- AJM

      Published 2005-present
       01-Nov-2007Hyponatremia Treatment Guidelines 2007: Expert Panel RecommendationsVerbalis, J.G.; Goldsmith, S.R.; Greenberg, A.; Schrier, R.W.; Sterns, R.H.1201120,999
       01-May-2006Etiology of Insulin ResistancePetersen, K.F.; Shulman, G.I.119520,733
       01-Oct-2009Treatment of Neuropathic Pain: An Overview of Recent GuidelinesO'Connor, A.B.; Dworkin, R.H.1221018,320
       01-Jun-2006Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance in BacteriaTenover, F.C.119618,149
       01-Jul-2011The DRESS Syndrome: A Literature ReviewCacoub, P.; Musette, P.; Descamps, V.; Meyer, O.; Speirs, C.; Finzi, L.; Roujeau, J.C.124716,900
      Many things have changed at the Journal in the past 10 years. After the establishment of our electronic submission system in 2005, new submissions have risen steady; in 2013, more than 1800 manuscripts were submitted (Figure 1) Ten years ago, the Journal, of course, had a website, but the official publication was the print edition. In 2006, Elsevier added E-extra pages (online content related to print articles) and E-only content (articles that appear only on the web); at this time, the official publication shifted from the print version to the online version. In 2008, we initiated a very successful blog under the leadership of our remarkably skilled and versatile Managing Editor (PPH). More recently, AJM added a Facebook page, a Twitter account (@amjmed), an app to facilitate reading AJM on a tablet or smart phone, and a mobile-optimized website design (Table 1).
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      Figure 1Articles published in print and online since 2005.
      The American Journal of Medicine is always looking for feedback from our readership, and all such communications receive an immediate response from us. As we go forward, our goal is to be even more useful to internists and subspecialists in internal medicine in the United States and throughout the world.