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August 2016

Call for Papers for JAMA Pediatrics Contest for Trainees

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Editor, JAMA Pediatrics

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JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(8):733. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2131

JAMA Pediatrics wants to encourage our junior colleagues as they begin their careers. We are therefore conducting a contest among trainees for the best paper submitted to JAMA Pediatrics by a trainee as first author. Trainees will include students, residents, graduate students, postdocs, and fellows. The paper must be submitted within 6 months of completion of the author’s training program (as confirmed by the author’s curriculum vitae and institution). We will award 3 prizes of $1000 each, with the prize money split among the trainees of each winning paper. The paper should report on original research conducted by the trainee. Criteria for selection as the best papers will include metrics similar to those used by the National Institutes of Health in assessing R grants:

  • Significance: Does the study address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? Does it change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventive interventions that drive this field?

  • Innovation: Does the study challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by using novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methods, instrumentation, or interventions?

  • Design and analysis: Are the overall strategy, methods, and analyses well reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the study?

In addition, the paper will be assessed on how well it is written, the quality of the analysis and presentation of the results, and the cogency of the discussion and conclusions.

The editors will create a short list of eligible papers for consideration and the winners will be chosen by vote of the editorial board. The contest will run from July 1 to December 31, 2016, with the goal of selecting all the winning articles by February 2017. The winners will be recognized in the journal and will receive their share of the financial award, a certificate, and a letter to their department chair.

Accepted manuscripts will be published on our regular schedule. Full details on submission and author guidelines are available at

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Corresponding Author: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, 6200 NE 74th St, Ste 120B, Seattle, WA 98115-8160 (

Published Online: July 1, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2131.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.