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BMJ Paediatrics Open

is an open access journal from BMJ and RCPCH, publishing research on the health and wellbeing of neonates, infants, children and young people.

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BMJ Paediatrics Open is an open access journal dedicated to publishing original research, study protocols and clinical reviews that deal with any aspect of child health. The provision of child health is multidisciplinary and international. The journal welcomes papers from all health care professions from anywhere in the world. Papers dealing with paediatric specialties, paediatric surgery, public health, or healthcare provision will all be considered.

Publication decisions will be made on the scientific validity, ethical soundness and transparency of the research and whether the paper deserves publication, rather than on its apparent interest to any particular readership. BMJ Paediatrics Open adheres to the highest possible industry standards concerning publication ethics. To read the journal's detailed guidelines please see our policies.

BMJ Paediatrics Open is an official journal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and is indexed by Web of Science, MEDLINE,  Pubmed Central, Scopus, Embase, DOAJ and Google Scholar.


BMJ Paediatrics Open invites applications for the role of Editor-in-Chief. Find out more about the role and how to apply before the deadline of 2nd April 2023.

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BMJ Paediatrics Open accepts submissions of a wide range of article types, including protocols, review articles and original research.
The Author Information section provides specific article requirements to help you turn your research into an article suitable for the journal.
Information is also provided on editorial policies and open access.

Call for Papers

BMJ Paediatrics Open is pleased to announce a call for papers on the theme of ‘Child Health in China’.

This Special Collection welcome original papers, review articles, research letters, and editorials on any aspect of child health and wellbeing in China, and specifically covering the general remit of:

  • specific diagnostic or management measures (or guidelines) for children in China
  • epidemiological studies of common diseases affecting children in China
  • improving the healthcare for children by the government and health workers
  • reducing health inequalities
  • the effects of climate change on children’s health
  • rational drug therapy

  • The deadline for submissions is 30th March 2023.

    Accepted articles will be formally published as soon as they are ready to avoid delays.