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Editorial
May 2018

JAMA Pediatrics—The Year in Review, 2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
  • 2Editor, JAMA Pediatrics
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(5):412-413. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5083

This has been another extraordinary year for JAMA Pediatrics. We continue to pursue our mission to vet and disseminate the best science and perspectives related to child health. By the numbers presented in the Table, 2017 was a banner year. We received 2226 manuscripts, and our acceptance rate for research articles was 6%. Our impact factor is up slightly to 10.25, the highest of any pediatric journal in the world.

Table.  JAMA Pediatrics Statistics for 2017
JAMA Pediatrics Statistics for 2017

JAMA Pediatrics serves 2 sets of customers: authors and readers. For our authors, we aim to provide quick and thoughtful review of manuscripts. In most cases, this means manuscripts are only reviewed internally and are not sent out for review. We make these decisions when we are confident for a variety of reasons that the manuscript is not appropriate for our journal. For articles we do send out for peer review, the median turnaround time is 17 days. For our readers, we aim to bring science to the fore as quickly as possible. Our median time from acceptance to publication is 87 days. But in the 21st century, science is disseminated in many other ways; we have a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook that continues to grow, we have millions of downloaded articles, and we have monthly podcasts that are of ever-increasing popularity (which can be found at https://sites.jamanetwork.com/audio). Finally, a new measure of article impact is the Altmetric score, which uses a proprietary algorithm to quantify the quality and amount of attention an article receives from traditional media and social media around the world. Our top 3 articles1-3 for Altmetric score from the past year are presented in the Table. Notably, the article with the highest Altmetric score was one of the winners of last year’s trainee manuscript contest.

JAMA Pediatrics benefits immensely from being part of JAMA Network. Submitted manuscripts can flow seamlessly from one journal to another where they might be a better fit. Published manuscripts are frequently cross-linked with editorials or related content in other JAMA journals.

Our success is the result of the efforts of many, starting with the authors who entrust us with their work. We are honored to have it, and although we can only accept 6% of the research submissions we receive, we give each one careful and thoughtful consideration. Next, we have our editorial team, Suzanne Shuey and Cassandra Williams, who process manuscripts, field emails and telephone calls, and shepherd the entire process of getting things through the system. Our fantastic editorial team, led this past year by Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, and including myself, Benjamin French, PhD, Alain Joffe, MD, MPH, Ron Keren, MD, MPH, Deborah Palazzi, MD, and Samir Shah, MD, MSCE, brought broad and deep perspectives on what constitutes important and impactful research. But most important, we rely on the thousands of outstanding peer reviewers4 who selflessly donate their time and expertise. I cannot even begin to fathom what it would cost if we actually monetized what they graciously contribute. Instead, I give you my most heartfelt appreciation.

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Corresponding Author: Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, 2001 Eighth Ave, Ste 400, M/S CW8-6, Seattle, WA 98121 (dimitri.christakis@seattlechildrens.org).

Published Online: March 12, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5083

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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Raifman  J, Moscoe  E, Austin  SB, McConnell  M.  Difference-in-differences analysis of the association between state same-sex marriage policies and adolescent suicide attempts.  JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(4):350-356. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.4529PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
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Lo  NC, Hotez  PJ.  Public health and economic consequences of vaccine hesitancy for measles in the United States.  JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(9):887-892. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1695PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
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Goldenson  NI, Leventhal  AM, Stone  MD, McConnell  RS, Barrington-Trimis  JL.  Associations of electronic cigarette nicotine concentration with subsequent cigarette smoking and vaping levels in adolescents.  JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(12):1192-1199. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3209PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
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 JAMA Pediatrics peer reviewers in 2017  [published online March 12, 2018].  JAMA Pediatr. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5083Google Scholar
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