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Table 3 Number/percentage of qualitative articles published in top general medical journals, 1999 to 2008

From: Paucity of qualitative research in general medical and health services and policy research journals: analysis of publication rates

Journal 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Total
Am J Med            
   qualitative empirical articles 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 5
   total empirical articles 287 242 303 267 267 299 326 306 264 259 2820
   percentage qualitative 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.2
Ann Intern Med            
   qualitative empirical articles 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 7
   total empirical articles 261 242 308 308 315 267 296 282 266 255 2800
   percentage qualitative 0.8 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.8 0.3
Arch Intern Med            
   qualitative empirical articles 1 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 9
   total empirical articles 278 359 335 309 301 302 312 288 280 261 3025
   percentage qualitative 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 1.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.3
BMJ            
   qualitative empirical articles 2 3 8 14 7 2 2 1 0 2 41
   total empirical articles 677 624 592 676 754 622 600 534 565 695 6339
   percentage qualitative 0.3 0.5 1.4 2.1 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.6
CMAJ            
   qualitative empirical articles 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
   total empirical articles 268 241 223 247 251 237 266 227 212 206 2378
   percentage qualitative 0.0 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3
J Intern Med            
   qualitative empirical articles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   total empirical articles 146 151 118 124 142 136 121 124 123 110 1295
   percentage qualitative 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
JAMA            
   qualitative empirical articles 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
   total empirical articles 649 675 664 654 563 456 491 451 463 504 5570
   percentage qualitative 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
Lancet            
   qualitative empirical articles 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 8
   total empirical articles 931 823 837 881 922 850 738 656 567 600 7805
   percentage qualitative 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.1
NEJM            
   qualitative empirical articles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   total empirical articles 465 448 446 461 508 634 636 611 615 610 5434
   percentage qualitative 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
PLoS Medicine            
   qualitative empirical articles --- --- --- --- --- 0 0 0 1 1 2
   total empirical articles       42 189 288 222 179 920
   percentage qualitative       0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.6 0.2