About The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA)

JAOA Leadership

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), established in September 1901, is the official scientific publication of the American Osteopathic Association, as well as the premier scholarly, peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession. Ross Zafonte, DO, is the editor in chief, and he is supported by associate editors, section editors, and the JAOA Editorial Board. To view a list of these members and JAOA staff, visit JAOA Editorial Boards.


The JAOA's mission is to serve as an international forum for the dissemination of scientific literature that incorporates an integrative, comprehensive, patient-centered approach to clinical care and improving health.


The JAOA publishes original investigations, current reviews and meta-analyses with expert critical viewpoints, and didactic discourses in a wide variety of clinical fields. The JAOA is particularly interested in research articles that reflect osteopathic medicine's traditional emphasis on the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. The Journal also publishes medical education and special communication articles, as well as other clinically relevant pieces. Articles and letters on controversial topics may—at the editor in chief's discretion—be published in the JAOA, provided that all sources are clearly identified.


The Journal is indexed by the National Library of Medicine, the Web of Science, and ReadCube. In the Web of Science, the JAOA is part of the Core Collection in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, which allows JAOA content to reach a much wider audience than previously possible.

Writing Award

The Journal is proud to sponsor the annual George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award. Award presentation occurs each year at the Annual Business Meeting of the AOA. Visit the Northup Award page for a list of past winners.

Supplements and Web-Based Programs

Supplements to the JAOA and Web-based programs, which are predominantly supported by educational grants from pharmaceutical companies, comprise topical clinical reviews of evidence-based medicine directed at primary care osteopathic physicians. These publications and programs include osteopathic principles and practice when relevant to the focused topic.


All opinions in the JAOA are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editors, the AOA, or the institution with which the authors are affiliated, unless expressly stated. No part of the JAOA may be reprinted or reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.

The JAOA has editorial independence from its publisher, the American Osteopathic Association.

[Updated August 2020]

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