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March 18, 2019

JAMA Pediatrics—The Year in Review, 2018

Author Affiliations
  • 1Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Washington
  • 2Editor, JAMA Pediatrics
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(5):417-418. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0004

This has been another extraordinary year for JAMA Pediatrics. We continue to pursue our mission to vet and disseminate the best science and perspectives regarding child health. According to the data presented in the Table, 2018 was another successful year for the journal. We received 2335 manuscripts (a 5% increase from 2017) and our acceptance rate for research articles was 5% (down from 6% in 2017). Our impact factor increased again to 10.8 and remains the highest of any pediatric journal in the world.

JAMA Pediatrics serves 2 sets of customers: readers and authors. We aim to provide a quick and thoughtful review of manuscripts for our authors. In most cases, this means that manuscripts are only reviewed internally and not sent out for review. We make these decisions when we are confident that for various reasons the manuscript is not appropriate for the journal. For articles that we do send out for peer review, the median turnaround time to decision is 14 days. We aim to bring science to the forefront as quickly as possible for our readers. Our median acceptance to publication time is 87 days. However, in the 21st century, science is disseminated in many other ways: we have a continually growing social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, millions of downloaded articles, and increasingly popular monthly podcasts.1 Finally, a relatively 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 news and social media worldwide. Our top 3 articles2-4 by Altmetric score from the past year are also presented in the Table. Notably, the article with the highest Almetric score (and also with the highest number of views and downloads) answered a question that many of us who practice primary care pediatrics or who have been parents of young children have pondered: does introducing solids help infants sleep better at night? Sometimes, answering the simplest questions can have the broadest appeal.