The Journal of General Internal Medicine is the official journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine. It promotes improved patient care, research, and education in primary care, general internal medicine, and hospital medicine. Its articles focus on topics such as clinical medicine, epidemiology, prevention, health care delivery, curriculum development, and numerous other non-traditional themes, in addition to classic clinical research on problems in internal medicine.

JGIM is ranked #1 in the Google Scholar H-5 Index of Primary Health Care, with a 2019 H-5 Index of 57.

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  • We are the official journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine, received by all Society members and ranked #1 in the Google Scholar H-5 Index of Primary Health Care.
  • Highly accessible through SpringerLink, we publish to a broad audience, recording over 2.9 million article downloads in 2021.
  • The journal publishes practice-based evidence to support evidence-based practice, in internal medicine, primary care and hospital medicine.
  • With our rigorous and swift peer review process, the journal is highly rated by authors, with over 80% reporting an excellent or good publishing experience with us. 

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Co-Editors-in-Chief
  • Steven Asch,
  • Carol Bates,
  • Jeff Jackson
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

6.473 (2021)
Impact factor
6.985 (2021)
Five year impact factor
13 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
2,901,444 (2021)
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  • Themed issue on The Science of Electronic Health Record Transitions: Call for Submissions

    JGIM is launching a themed issue on The Science of Electronic Health Record Transitions, edited by Michael Weiner, Seppo Rinne, Elizabeth Yano.  

    The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2022.

    The Editors are looking for submissions that are related to current issues on electronic health record transitions.

    More detail of the scope, topics of special interest and articles considered is available here.

     Manuscript submissions should follow JGIM submission guidelines and be made in the usual way through the submission system by 1 November 2022.

  • COVID-19 research collection

    COVID 19To help keep our readers up-to-date on research and analysis related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created this collection of articles and other resources published in Journal of General Internal Medicine

  • Society Updates

    Society of General Internal MedicineClick here for updates from the journal's society, the Society of General Internal Medicine, including information on newsletters, meetings, and much more!

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Electronic ISSN
1525-1497
Print ISSN
0884-8734
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