Have you visited www.academicmedicine.org lately? If not, please take a moment to do so; you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The journal has a new Web site with an updated look and feel, along with new and improved features. For instance, did you know that now you can access, free of charge and sans password, every article published in Academic Medicine from the very first issue of July 1926 to the issue published 12 months ago? That’s right, and going forward, all articles published more than one year ago will be accessible to anyone on a rolling basis. In addition, each current issue has a few “free access” articles—and commentaries, point-counterpoint essays, editorials, and letters to the editor are always freely available.
The new home page sports a view of the most current issue’s cover and an interactive table of contents. *You can also sign up for an RSS feed to be alerted when content changes. An important feature of the new home page is the “Collections” tab (see the bar near the top of the page). Currently, you can find collections of articles on global health initiatives, population health, and the changing face of academic health centers. The journal will be adding a number of new collections and we welcome suggestions for interesting themes and topics. In addition, the updated site allows you to build a customized collection of articles to suit your needs.
Also, in the right-hand column of the home page, you will find the “Media Highlights” box. Newspapers, magazines, electronic news outlets, and other media often feature articles published in Academic Medicine. The Media Highlights box contains a listing of current media stories. Recently, Academic Medicine articles have been featured in the New York Times, Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a variety of other publications worldwide.
As you begin to look at individual journal articles, you will notice that “Article Tools” appears alongside each article so that you easily can e-mail an article to a colleague, export citations into your favorite reference manager, save and share searches, add the article to your custom collection, or request permission to reuse journal content. (Whether or not you have a subscription, you can register to build customized collections of articles, save searches, and export citations.)
In coming months, you will begin to see more supplemental digital content that adds value to articles. For example, if you are an author of a survey study, the ability to post online supplemental content offers a convenient way to give readers of your article quick access to the original survey instrument. Other supplemental content might include a video of a learner-patient encounter, tables of raw data, or special appendices.
So, when you are working on a manuscript late at night and you need just the right reference, you probably can find what you need at www.academicmedicine.org. And while you are there, remember that the editorial staff and I would value your input about the Web site and its content, ideas for new collections of articles, and other feedback and suggestions. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven L. Kanter, MD
*To view the entire table of contents, click on “Current issue” and change the drop-down menu (just below the image of the journal cover) from its default of “20 per page” to “100 per page.”