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President Obama made news this week for being the first President to pen a scholarly article while in office. The article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, focuses on his administration’s trademark Affordable Care Act and advocates for its place in future healthcare policymaking.

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Obama may have been the first to publish while on the job, but there is some precedent in presidential publishing. We’ve rounded up a few hidden gems from JSTOR by names you might recognize.


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Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 4 (1799), pp. 246-260
American Philosophical Society
The North American Review, Vol. 151, No. 405 (Aug., 1890), pp. 187-191
University of Northern Iowa
Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Jun., 1887), pp. 197-222
The Academy of Political Science
Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 3, No. 4, Financial Protection for the Motor Accident Victim (Oct., 1936), pp. 476-490
Duke University School of Law
Change in Higher Education, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Jul. - Aug., 1969), pp. 33-36
Taylor & Francis, Ltd.