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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


  • Median time to first decision: 1 day, 38 days with review
  • 9 weeks from submission to acceptance, including review and revision
  • 38% of all manuscripts sent for external peer review
  • Highly selective, 15% acceptance rate; 9% for research articles
  • As quickly as 11 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
  • 2.8 million annual visits to the JAMA Pediatrics website
  • International authors: 42% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with 17,708 media mentions in 2015 in outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post
  • Broad reach through author audio interviews, email alerts, Twitter, Facebook, and Topic Collections
  • 125,000 registered users of The JAMA Network Reader, a web 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
  • 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
  • Free access: all Original Investigations are freely available on the day of publication in The JAMA Network Reader and 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • Online extras: ability to post supplemental content online and download your articles’ tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • 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

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