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Table 1 JAMA's Key and Critical Objectives

From: What do the JAMA editors say when they discuss manuscripts that they are considering for publication? Developing a schema for classifying the content of editorial discussion

Key Objective
  To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health
Critical Objectives
1. To maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity independent of any special interests
2. To publish original, important, well-documented, peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of medical topics
3. To provide physicians with continuing education in basic and clinical science to support informed clinical decisions
4. To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own
5. To improve health and health care internationally by elevating the quality of medical care, disease prevention, and research
6. To foster responsible and balanced debate on issues that affect medicine and health care
7. To anticipate important issues and trends in medicine and health care
8. To inform readers about nonclinical aspects of medicine and public health, including the political, philosophic, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural
9. To recognize that, in addition to these specific objectives, THE JOURNAL has a social responsibility to improve the total human condition and to promote the integrity of science
10. To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read