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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 Pubmed Central, Scopus, Embase, DOAJ and Google Scholar.

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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 and ISSOP, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, are pleased to announce a call for papers on the theme of ‘Young voices in the time of COVID-19’.

The main aim of this special collection is to capture the experiences, needs and strengths of diverse populations of children and young people during the pandemic. 

The collection is open to all article types usually published in the journal. The deadline for submissions is 31st March 2022.
Accepted articles will be formally published as soon as they are ready to avoid delays. Promotion of the collection is planned from autumn.