JAMA’s new editor settles in, bringing open access and other changes

ST. LOUIS — It’s been eight months since Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a general internist, cardiovascular researcher, and epidemiologist became the 17th editor in chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association and its network of journals. Bibbins-Domingo, who previously worked at the University of California, San Francisco, was named this week as a member of the 2023 STATUS List of people making a difference in health care and life sciences.

She recently spoke at the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, in St. Louis, where STAT’s Usha Lee McFarling sat down with her to learn more about the changes she’s implemented at the journal, including a new open access policy. Under this policy, most JAMA articles remain accessible only to subscribers, but authors can publicly post their manuscripts the day they are published, and they are not charged open access fees as many journals do. Bibbins-Domingo also spoke about what lies ahead for JAMA.

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