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Why Publish in JAMA Pediatrics?

JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) publishes innovative, clinically relevant research on the health of children and adolescents and offers a host of exciting interactive features.

Prompt Decisions & Rapid Publication Timelines


  • 1 day (median time) from submission to initial decision, 37 days with review
  • 8-9 weeks from submission to acceptance, including review and revision
  • 38% of all manuscripts sent for external peer review
  • Highly selective, 14% acceptance rate; 9% for research articles
  • As quickly as 8 weeks or less from acceptance to publication
  • Online First publication of all major articles

Impact & Reach


  • The journal’s 2015 Impact Factor is 7.148, the highest ranked general pediatrics journal
  • 29 million annual online visits to The JAMA Network
  • 1.8 million annual visits to the JAMA Pediatrics website
  • International authors: almost 40% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with 15,000 news media reports in 2014
  • Enhanced reader access through author audio and video interviews, e-mail alerts, Twitter (8,000 followers), Facebook, and Topic Collections
  • Free access via the JAMA Network Reader, an app that integrates content across the entire JAMA Network of journals and is accessible from any device

Author Focus


JAMA Pediatrics offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • The JAMA Network advantage: authors of papers not accepted by JAMA may have their papers automatically referred to JAMA Pediatrics along with the reviews, enabling decisions within a week; In 2014, the acceptance rate for referred papers was double the acceptance rate of regular papers
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript’s accuracy, reliability, and readability for both print and online publication
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Pediatrics
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video and audio
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • Free access: all Original Investigations are freely available on the day of publication on the JAMA Network Reader and 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Online extras: ability to post supplemental content online and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides

For more information, see JAMA Pediatrics Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at http://manuscripts.jamapeds.com.