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We do not publish studies conducted in animals, case reports or retrospective single centre audits.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.
For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.
|Publication Model||Open access|
|Indexed by||PubMed Central, DOAJ, Google Scholar|
|Peer Review Model||Open peer review; reviewer and author are known to each other. Reviews are published online|
|Acceptance rate||51% for original research submitted in 2017|
|Time from submission to first decision (all papers)||23 days (median)|
|Time from submission to first decision (reviewed papers)||37 days (median)|
|Time from submission to acceptance||71days (median)|
|Time from acceptance to publication||26 days|
Rights and Permissions
BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.
The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting transparent, accurate reporting of research studies. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.
BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.
CHIFA (Child Healthcare Information For All) is a global child health forum with more than 3,500 members working to improve child health and rights, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. CHIFA is administered by the International Child Health Group of the RCPCH, International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, and Global Healthcare Information Network.