Annals of Internal Medicine is an academic medical journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It is one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world. Annals publishes content relevant to the field of internal medicine and related sub-specialties. Annals' mission is to promote excellence in medicine, enable physicians and other health care professionals to be well informed members of the medical community and society, advance standards in the conduct and reporting of medical research, and contribute to improving the health of people worldwide. To achieve this mission, the journal publishes a wide variety of original research, review articles, practice guidelines, and commentary relevant to clinical practice, health care delivery, public health, health care policy, medical education, ethics, and research methodology. In addition, the journal publishes personal narratives that convey the feeling and the art of medicine. Selected articles in the journal are open access; these include patient oriented content and Clinical Guidelines (and related reviews).[3]

In 2016 a commentary published in Nature claimed that Annals of Internal Medicine supports and defends the unethical, un-scientific practice of undisclosed research . The claims made by the author/activist were unsubstantiated and were addressed by the Annals editors in letters published online first in Annals of Internal Medicine.[6]

Impact Factor

According to the Journal Citation Reports, Annals' most recent (2014) Impact Factor is 17.810 - the highest of any specialty journal in the Thomson Reuters "General and Internal Medicine" category. Currently, Annals is ranked fourth among 153 general medicine journals, making it one of the most highly cited and influential journals in the world.[3]

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

History

The Annals of Internal Medicine was established in 1927 and has been published twice monthly since 1988.[3][15] ACP previously produced two other journals.[3] The Annals of Medicine was established in 1920 was discontinued after a short run due to financial problems of the publisher.[3] The Annals of Clinical Medicine was renamed to the current title when the ACP took direct control and became publisher.[3]Editors-in-chief have included Aldred Scott Warthin, Carl Weller, Maurice Pincoffs (1933-1960), Paul Clough, J. Russell Elkington (1960-1971), Edward Huth, Robert and Suzanne Fletcher, Frank Davidoff and Harold C. Sox.[15] Peer review was introduced by Elkington.[15] The current editor-in-chief is Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP. In May 2008, ACP Journal Club was merged into Annals of Internal Medicine as a monthly feature; previously it was a separate bimonthly journal.[16]