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Eighty-two Years of Annals of Internal Medicine Now Available Online

Complete Digital Backfiles Provides Subscribers at Medical Institutions Access to Significant Findings of the Past and Present

Philadelphia, March 31, 2009 – The American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group, has announced plans to make the first 65 years of Annals of Internal Medicine issues available online to institutional subscribers.

The Annals Back Files collection includes the full text of articles from 1927 to 1992 and is available at www.annals.org. Institutional subscribers can now access 82 years of Annals of Internal Medicine articles, opinions, and news from the convenience of their desktop. These articles have not been available in digital format until now. Content since 1993 is already available through the current Annals subscription.

“This is an important advancement for practicing physicians who may be facing a pressing clinical issue, as it gives them the opportunity to quickly reference significant findings of the past, along with the newest studies from Annals of Internal Medicine,” said Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP, Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine.

An enhanced subscription to Annals provides institutional subscribers the ability to search the Annals Back Files collection and find articles on a variety of issues that had a significant impact on the development of internal medicine, such as health policy and economics, infectious diseases, cardiology, and rheumatology. Some features of the Annals Back Files collection include:

  • Fully-searchable and printable high-resolution PDFs
  • Fully-searchable HTML abstracts and “landing pages” that display the article citation, abstract, and all references
  • HTML links to references

Established in 1927 by the American College of Physicians (ACP), Annals of Internal Medicine is the leading journal for studies in internal medicine. Published on the first and third Tuesday of each month, the purpose of the journal is to promote excellence in the clinical practice of internal medicine. Experimental and clinical subject matter is presented through articles, briefs, updates, and reviews.

According to ACP philosophy, physicians should also be well-informed citizens of both the medical community and society at large. For this reason, Annals includes background and discussion of issues that influence both physicians and patients.

Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. The journal has been published for 82 years and accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication.

ACP members include 126,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.

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