The Journal of the Indian Medical Association (JIMA) was founded by doyens of Medical Profession namely Sir Nilratan Sircar, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, Dr Kumud Sankar Ray and others in the year 1930 with only 122 Doctors,

Indian Medical Association launched its own journal in the name of “Indian Medical World”. The first issue was published in March 1930, under the able Editorship of Sir Nil Ratan Sircar. Dr. A. N. Ghosh was the Secretary. An All-India Editorial Board of 21 members was also formed.  Altogether 18 monthly issues of the “Indian Medical World” in two Volumes of 12 issues and six issues were published. The last issue of the Indian Medical World was dated August 1931.

In the 7th All India Conference of IMA, which was held in Pune, under the Presidentship of Dr. Jivraj N. Mehta, it was resolved to change the name of the journal as “Journal of the Indian Medical Association”. The change was made effective from September, 1931 issue. The change of the name did not connote any change in the policy of the journal.


The main objective of the Journal of the Indian Medical Association (JIMA) was to promote the advancement of medical and allied sciences in the country; the improvement of public health and medical education in India and uphold the honor and dignity of the medical profession.


Journal of the Indian Medical Association (JIMA) publishes Original research articles, Case Reports, Editorials, and Short Communication in all areas of medical science. The journal also considers publication of letters to the editor commenting on research already published in the journal, as well as manuscripts describing new hypotheses or clinical trial protocols.  JIMA does not consider research work that has been published, is in press or has been submitted elsewhere (abstracts excepted).

Growth and Development of JIMA

The journal has recorded steady all round growth from year to year. It has recorded its brilliant progress in terms of increasing readership as well as being an “Index Journal” at par with the standard and sophisticated journals listed in Index Medicus (USA). It is indexed with Copernicus and Scopus now.  It is subscribed by most of the Medical Colleges and Libraries in the country.

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