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About JAMA Pediatrics

JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, and before that, American Journal of Diseases of Children) 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 family of journals, which includes JAMA and 11 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Pediatrics is published online weekly, every Monday, and in 12 print/online issues per year. The journal receives approximately 2.8 million online visits annually, with 3.1 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the JAMA website. All articles are made free access on an html app called The JAMA Network Reader on the day of publication. 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 is highly selective with an overall acceptance rate of 15% and 9% for research articles. The median time to first editorial decision is 1 day, and 38 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance (including time for author revision) is 9 weeks and 11 weeks or less from acceptance to publication. The journal's Impact factor is 9.5, the highest-ranking pediatric journal in the world. For more information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor of JAMA Pediatrics is Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, the Seattle Children's Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Seattle. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

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 (formerly Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) publishes innovative, clinically relevant research on the health of children and adolescents and offers a host of exciting interactive features.

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Median time to first decision: 1 day, 38 days with review
  • 9 weeks from submission to acceptance, including review and revision
  • 38% of all manuscripts sent for external peer review
  • Highly selective, 15% acceptance rate; 9% for research articles
  • 11 weeks or less from acceptance to publication
  • Online First publication of all major articles

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 9.5, the highest-ranking pediatric journal in the world
  • 2.8 million annual visits to the JAMA Pediatrics website
  • International authors: 42% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with 17,708 media mentions in 2015 in outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post
  • Broad reach through author audio interviews, email alerts, Twitter, Facebook, and Topic Collections
  • 125,000 registered users of The JAMA Network Reader, a web app that integrates content across the entire JAMA Network of journals and is accessible from any device

Author Focus

JAMA Pediatrics offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.

  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability for both print and online publication
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Pediatrics
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video and audio
  • Free access: All research articles are freely available on the day of publication on The JAMA Network Reader and 12 months after publication on the journal's website.
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • 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 may have their papers automatically referred to JAMA Pediatrics

For more information, see JAMA Pediatrics Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at

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Updated October 2016