PEDIATRICS (Print ISSN 0031-4005, Online ISSN 1098-4275) is an official peer-revie wed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In the inaugural
January 1948 issue of PEDIATRICS, the editor Hugh McCulloch outlined the journal’s vision and objectives: “The … journal is … intended to encompass the needs
of the whole child in his physiologic, mental, emotional, and social structure.
The single word, PEDIATRICS, has been chosen to indicate this catholic intent.”
The journal continues this vision by publishing original research, clinical observations, and special feature articles in the field, as broadly defined. Contributions relevant to pediatrics are also included from disciplines such as
nutrition, surgery, dentistry, public health, child health services, human genetics,
basic sciences, psychology, psychiatry, education, sociology, and nursing.
PEDIATRICS serves authors and readers of the general medical profession as well as pediatricians. The Executive Board and officers of the AAP
have delegated to the Editor and Deputy Editor the selection of articles
appearing in PEDIATRICS. Statements and opinions expressed in such articles are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the AAP, its
committees, the Editors, or Editorial Board of PEDIATRICS.
The AAP has published PEDIATRICS each month since January 1948.
PEDIATRICS is a registered trademark of the AAP. The journal is typeset and
printed by Dartmouth Journal Services.
The online version of PEDIATRICS is considered the journal of record.
The online edition of PEDIATRICS ( www.pediatrics.org) is produced and
hosted by Stanford University’s High Wire Press. The online journal pub-lishes online-only articles and also has all content from the print edition.
Archives of past issues are available. From the reference list in articles,
readers can link to cited articles in hundreds of other journals free of
charge. Additionally, readers can browse subspecialty article collections,
register for free e-mail alerts, save articles to a personal electronic file
cabinet, download articles to their handheld (Palm or Windows) devices,
and perform sophisticated search queries.
PEDIATRICS supports and adheres to the guidelines for responsible
publishing outlined in the DC Principles for Free Access to Science
( www.dcprinciples.org). Access to full-text articles in PEDIATRICS is limited
to subscribers up to 1 year after publication. After 1 year, most articles are
freely available on PEDIATRICS’ Web site. PEDIATRICS is free to institutions
and individuals in over 120 developing nations around the world through
participation in the World Health Organization’s HINARI initiative, the Satel-life network, and a country-based access system developed by HighWire
Press and installed directly on PEDIATRICS’ Web site.
PEDIATRICS has the highest impact factor ( 5.437) of the 80 pediatrics
journals indexed in the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (from Thomson
Reuters). The journal is one of the Top 100 most-cited journals in all
of science and medicine ( 8,000 journals). PEDIATRICS received 55,406
citations in 2010, more than any other pediatrics journal.
Information for Authors
Please see Information for Authors on our Web site (www.
pediatrics.org) for information about submitting a manuscript, letter, or
supplement. Authors may also track the progress of their submitted manuscripts online.
Please direct other editorial inquiries to PEDIATRICS, Dr. Lewis R. First,
Editor, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given
Building, Room S261, Burlington, VT 05405-0068.
Annual subscriptions for individuals living in the US are $184 (
international rate $216). We offer a special rate of $128 for medical students,
hospital residents, and fellows in full-time training in the US (international
rate $168). All individual subscriptions include print delivery and online
access to the electronic edition.
US institutional print and online subscriptions are tier-priced. For institutional site license information and pricing, please visit www.aaplibrary.
Payment must accompany an order. Please allow 6–8 weeks for first-time delivery. Canadian Subscribers: Please add GST, as applicable. Expedited delivery is available via airmail for subscribers outside the US for an
Telephone customer service is available between 7: 30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Central Time. Customer service can be reached by mail, phone, fax, or
PEDIATRICS Customer Service
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd, P.O. Box 927
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-0927
Toll-free phone: 866/THE-AAPI (866/843-2271)
Change of Address
Please let us know as soon as possible when you change your address. AAP
Member Subscriber: Please contact the Department of Membership. NonMember Subscribers: Send changes to Customer Service at the address
We need 4–6 weeks’ advance notice for uninterrupted service. Please
send or fax your current mailing address, your 6-digit subscriber number
(found on your mailing label), your new address, and the effective date of
Replacing Missing Issues
If you find you are missing an issue, please let us know within 6 months of
the missing issue cover date, and we will replace up to 3 issues per year at
no charge. Please have the date of the missing issue and your AAP ID
number when making a claim. Issues claimed beyond the 6-month grace
period for a fee of $10 an issue (international rate, $12), which covers
shipping costs. Orders must be prepaid. To make a claim, please contact
Customer Service at the address above.
Ordering Back Issues
Back issues of the journal are available for a limited period at a price of
$22 per copy (international rate, $25), which includes shipping charges.
For larger orders, please consider purchasing reprints of the particular
articles of interest.
Single-copy reprints of individual articles can be accessed online at www.
pediatrics.org (non-subscribers pay per view at $12 per article). Reprint
orders can be placed for large quantities ( 100 or more) of specific articles.
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