Frequently Asked Questions
What is the AMA Journal of Ethics' Conditions of Use Policy?
You may link to, print, reproduce, display or store unaltered copies of articles published in the AMA Journal of Ethics. No written prior approval is required provided that you meet our Conditions of Use, which is available here.
When printing, reproducing, displaying, or storing copies of AMA Journal of Ethics articles, copies must be unaltered, and shall include the AMA’s copyright notice and an acknowledgement of the source and full citation information including the volume, number, and pages and the AMA as publisher. When possible, you will include or embed a link back to the AMA Journal of Ethics.
When linking to our content, care should be taken so that content is not displayed out of context, is not displayed as an AMA or AMA Journal of Ethics endorsement, is not incomplete or misleading, and does not suggest that authors’ opinions are those of the AMA. To be clear, opinions expressed in the AMA Journal of Ethics or associated with individual articles of the journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the AMA or the AMA Journal of Ethics.
Other uses, such as the creation of derivative works, are prohibited, unless prior written approval by the AMA is obtained, which may be withheld by the AMA in its sole discretion.
How can I respond to an article I read in the AMA Journal of Ethics?
Letters discussing a recent article may be sent to email@example.com. Letters received within 6 weeks of the article's publication that do not exceed 800 words of text will be considered for publication. The text of letters should include the names, academic degrees, and primary institutional affiliations of the author(s) and the e-mail address for the corresponding author. Letters must not duplicate other material published or submitted for publication by the correspondent. Letters will be published at the discretion of the editors and are subject to abridgement and editing for style and content.
Does the AMA Journal of Ethics accept unsolicited manuscripts?
Yes. We welcome unsolicited manuscripts submitted through our online manuscript submission and review system. Submit an article for consideration.
What types of articles does the AMA Journal of Ethics consider for publication?
Our editorial preference is for commentaries and articles that offer practical advice and information for medical students, resident physicians, and those who teach them. We keep the number of rare, infrequently encountered topics to a minimum, unless one such topic, e.g., the “octomom,” captures medical news headlines. We will consider both so-called “evergreen” topics and those exploring current events or debates in the medical ethics world. Most articles are in the 1,500- to 1,800-word range, but we know some arguments take longer to develop, and some stories, longer to tell.
Are the AMA Journal of Ethics articles peer-reviewed?
We began accepting unsolicited articles for peer review in late 2014. We expect the number of peer-reviewed articles the journal publishes to grow over time. Submit an unsolicited article for possible peer review through our online manuscript submission and review system.
Can I become an AMA Journal of Ethics guest editor?
Twelve US medical students or resident physicians are selected annually by a competitive process. Each student or resident selected receives a $2,000 honorarium and serves as editor for one monthly issue in the coming year.
Does the AMA Journal of Ethics express only views and opinions that accord with AMA positions?
No. We operate under the provisions of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), according to which the journal's editor-in-chief has full authority over the editorial content of the journal. Each article contains this disclaimer: "The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA."
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