The Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM), founded in September 1901 and known for 119 years as The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, is the premier scholarly, peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession. The mission of JOM is to serve as an international forum for the dissemination of scientific literature that incorporates an integrative, comprehensive, patient-centered approach to clinical care and improving health. JOM conducts double-blind peer review of academic research manuscripts from a wide variety of medical specialties, covering the full spectrum of clinical settings in which osteopathic physicians practice. All submissions are vetted by a distinguished group of Section Editors led by Editor-in-Chief Ross Zafonte, DO, and supported by a full Editorial Board.

The JOM publishes original research, narrative and systematic review articles (including meta-analyses), clinical practice descriptions, and a very limited number of case reports, all of which are described fully in our Instructions for AuthorsJOM is particularly interested in original scientific research that provides quantitative analysis of and contributes significantly to the evidence base underpinning current practices in osteopathic medicine, including but not limited to neuromusculoskeletal medicine. We also accept research submissions documenting trends and changes in education for osteopathic medical students. The ultimate focus of all material published in JOM is to support, enhance, and advance patient care through evidence.


The Journal of Osteopathic Medicine is indexed by the National Library of Medicine, the Web of Science, and ReadCube. In the Web of Science, the JOM is part of the Core Collection in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, which allows JOM content to reach a much wider audience than previously possible.


All opinions in the JOM are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editors, the AOA, or the institution with which the authors are affiliated, unless expressly stated. No part of the JOM may be reprinted or reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.

The JOM has editorial independence from its publisher, the American Osteopathic Association.