JAOA Information for Authors

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Why Submit to the JAOA?
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The JAOA is the official scientific publication of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the premier peer-reviewed, indexed, scholarly publication of the osteopathic medical profession. It provides a forum for communicating research findings, clinical practice observations, philosophic concepts, and other biomedical advances.

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 article types as described on the "Manuscript Submission" page.

Why Submit to the JAOA?

  • We are a monthly, indexed, peer-reviewed medical journal focused on an integrative and comprehensive approach to health care.

  • We are open to all specialties, with an emphasis on the tenets of osteopathic medicine.

  • We provide skilled editing to make your research and writing the best it can be.

  • We have a state-of-the-art website for content, video, and social media.

  • For newsworthy content, we provide professional media outreach to expand the influence of your research. In fact, a July 2019 study on the accuracy of canine scent detection of lung cancer is in the top 5% of of research outputs scored by Altmetric so far this year.

  • We have a large audience, with 11,000+ receiving the print journal and 137,000+ receiving the electronic table of contents.

We encourage authors to view and share this graphic, which illustrates the reach of recent JAOA content.

Postpublication Promotion Tips

The JAOA encourages authors to actively promote their articles, whether through press releases, social media, or other outlets. The following are some tips to get your research recognized:

  • Reach out to the media relations team at your institution. They may be able to help craft a press release about your article and promote your research via social media.

  • Consider creating an account on Kudos, a free service for authors to promote their studies.

  • If your study does not draw a clear conclusion, offer key takeaways that put the research into context. Reporters and readers need to understand what findings might imply—but they don’t respond well to “more research is needed.

  • Understand that a press release isn’t an abstract. It’s more of a high-level overview that focuses on what a study found, why it matters to a broad consumer audience, and how that finding may be used.

  • Consider sharing your research via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

For those authors who choose to promote their studies, reference that the article was published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Sometimes, promotional efforts will result in requests for interviews. Please e-mail jaoa@osteopathic.org if you are contacted by media so the AOA's media relations team can help you manage the interview and story.

In all cases, begin every media interaction by telling the reporter that you are a DO, if applicable, and explaining what that means.

Direct quotes are likely to be picked up, so ensure that osteopathic messaging is incorporated into any quotes provided.

Author Reprints

Corresponding authors will receive 5 copies of the JAOA issues in which their articles (ie, original contributions, brief reports, evidence-based clinical reviews, reviews, clinical practice, medical education, special communications, or case reports) appear. Authors who wish to receive additional copies should contact the JAOA at jaoa@osteopathic.org within 6 months after their articles are published.

No material published in the JAOA may be reprinted without the written permission of the AOA. Visit the reprints page for more information.

Author CME Credit

All DO authors of articles published in the JAOA earn AOA Category 1-B continuing medical education credit for their contributions. The amount of credit varies based on the article type, ranging from 15 credit hours for writing original contributions and medical education articles to 3 credit hours for original authors responding to letters to the editor.

[Updated July 2017]

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