Aims and Scope

BMJ Paediatrics Open is a new open-access journal dedicated to publishing original research, clinical reviews and protocols that deal with any aspect of child health. The provision of child health is multidisciplinary and the journal welcomes papers from all health care professions. Papers dealing with paediatric surgery, paediatric specialties, public health, healthcare provision and qualitative research will all be accepted.

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.

We do not publish studies conducted in animals, case reports or retrospective single centre audits. We do publish pharmacokinetic studies in the paediatric population.

Editorial Board

For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


BMJ Paediatrics Open is co-owned by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and BMJ.

Journal Information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous
Launch date 2017
Digital Archive LOCKKS
Indexed by PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase, DOAJ, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Open peer review; reviewer and author are known to each other. Reviews are published online
Online ISSN 2399-9772

Journal Statistics (2019)

Acceptance rate 60%
Time from submission to first decision 23 days (mean)
20 days (median)
Time from acceptance to publication 22 days (mean)

BMJ Paediatrics Open is pleased to present its annual report via this link.


Learn about the editor’s vision of the journal here.

Contact Information

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