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About JAMA Pediatrics

JAMA Pediatrics is an international peer-reviewed journal and is the oldest continuously published pediatric journal in the United States, dating back to 1911. JAMA Pediatrics is a member of the JAMA Network, a consortium of peer-reviewed, general medical and specialty publications.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Pediatrics is published online weekly, every Monday, and in 12 print/online issues per year. The journal receives over 4 million online visits annually and more than 4.7 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the website. In addition, the online version is freely available or nearly so to institutions in developing countries through the World Health Organization's HINARI program.

Editorial Information. The journal’s acceptance rate is 16%. The median time to first decision is 3 days, and 43 days with review. The journal's Impact Factor is 13.9, the highest-ranking pediatric journal in the world. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, Seattle, Washington, is the editor in chief. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see Editors and Publishers.

JAMA Pediatrics Vision: JAMA Pediatrics will be the most respected source of information for investigators, providers, and policy makers seeking the highest-quality evidence to guide decision making.

Mission Statement: JAMA Pediatrics seeks to provide state-of-the-art information to individuals and organizations working to advance the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. The Journal also provides a forum for discussion of the most important issues and policies affecting child and adolescent health and health care. JAMA Pediatrics will use the most current technology to make timely information available to readers wherever and whenever it is needed.

JAMA Pediatrics
ISSN 2168-6203 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6211 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Pediatrics?

JAMA Pediatrics, established in 1911, and the oldest pediatric journal in the world, publishes innovative, clinically relevant research on the health of children and adolescents.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 13.9, the highest-ranking pediatric journal in the world
  • Over 4 million annual visits to the JAMA Pediatrics website; more than 4.7 million annual article views and downloads
  • International authors: 47% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 24,000 media mentions in 2019 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and Reuters
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Pediatrics published 30 of the top 50 articles among pediatrics journals, including the No. 1 article
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article
  • Broad reach through related commentary, author audio interviews, podcasts, email alerts, social media, multimedia, and more than 43,600 followers on Twitter and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with a 16% acceptance rate for all submissions
  • Median time to first decision: 3 days without external peer review; 43 days with review
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

  • User-friendly manuscript submission system and process
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Pediatrics
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with expert illustration, interactive features, video, audio, and visual abstract
  • Free public access: All research articles are free 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Open access: Authors of research articles may elect to pay for immediate open access on the day of publication
  • Direct deposit to PubMed Central: All research articles deposited directly in PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • Online extras: Ability to post supplemental content online and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • The JAMA Network advantage: Authors of papers not accepted by JAMA Pediatrics may have the option to have their papers and reviewers' comments automatically referred to one of the JAMA Network specialty journals and/or JAMA Network Open
  • Dedicated media team to promote your article to the news media and on social media

For more information, see JAMA Pediatrics Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamapeds.com.

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Updated July 2020

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