Journal of Addiction Medicine Now Available on iPad

iPadThe Journal of Addition Medicine (JAM) is taking steps to improve the publication, including making it available as an iPad application. The free application became available on iTunes earlier this month. To download the app, go to iTunes and search for “Journal of Addiction Medicine.” The app offers a print-like reading experience but also improves the ability of readers to share information and will use multimedia links.

“With the app, we are going to be able to associate videos with articles. If the author would like to augment their presentation using visual illustration, that will be possible. For example, with patient permission, some of the signs of alcohol or opioid withdrawal could be easily taught by filming the physical examination. The app is great for presenting to readers in another medium,” said Martha J. Wunsch, MD, FASAM, JAM founding Co-Editor.

The development of the app is just one of the JAM‘s recent upgrades. Starting this year, it is published every two months; previously it had been published each quarter, and the page count in each issue has increased, said founding Co-Editor Shannon Miller, MD, FASAM, DFAPA. Submissions to JAM had been steadily increasing, as has the rejection rate. Thus, it made sense to move to a more regularly available print offering, in addition to publishing it electronically ahead of print. To better manage the increasing submission rate, Frank Vocci, PhD was recruited as a third Co-Editor upon the completion of his time at NIDA.

“Dr. Vocci is a key addition to better support our long-term goal to increase the number of original research papers involving clinical trials,” Dr. Miller said.

The Journal also is now cited in PubMed, a goal of all medical publications. PubMed is a library of more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature and is part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.

“Our impact factor has been increasing for the last three years, even though the numbers by which that impact factor is calculated did not include PubMed exposure. We hope that now that we are on PubMed that the impact factor will climb further,” Dr. Miller said. The impact factor is a measure reflecting the average numbers of citations to recent articles published in a journal.

Readers also will note a different look to the JAM. Its cover now includes artwork tracked by volunteer Patricia G. Pelizarri and selected by the editorial team. She has degrees in art history and arts management from the University of Michigan and The American University. The cover also now includes a list of papers published in that issue.

“The redesigned cover includes artistic works, both current and historical, that portray the drug and alcohol abuse and addiction,” Dr. Wunsch said. “It is much more attractive.”