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ADC: past, present and future
  1. Howard Bauchner,
  2. Ben Stenson,
  3. Janet O'Flaherty
  1. Correspondence to Professor Howard Bauchner, Boston University School of Medicine, Maternity Building, Room 415, 91 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118-2393, USA; howard.bauchner{at}

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Every 4 years we survey our readers. This year 1654 responded to our online questionnaire. We are grateful for this substantial feedback even if it still represents a minority of the total readership.

The responses fell into two broad categories: in the first our readers were equally divided on an issue, and in the second there was a clear majority supporting our current activities or endorsing a specific change. For example, while some readers would like Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC) to be more British, an equal number endorsed a more international flavour including articles that reflect patient care in resource-limited countries. Some thought we have too much community research, while others too little. There were a number of comments about the influence of the Collegeon what we publish. However, we cannot imagine a better “partner” than the College: they have been remarkably supportive of our various initiatives, providing important feedback and guidance. In my 7 years as Editor, they have never once attempted to influence what we publish.

There was broad agreement (69%) that the journal has struck the right balance between value-added material and original research. The following suggestions received substantial support:

  • more case reports

  • provision of continuing professional development credits

  • expansion of the Education & Practice issue

  • higher quality original research.

We will continue to publish case reports. Reports that detail important clinical lessons and will influence practice for common problems will be reviewed. Case reports that describe rare findings in unusual diseases are not likely to be published.

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  • Competing interests Howard Bauchner is Editor-in-Chief of ADC; Ben Stenson is Deputy editor of F&N; Janet O’Flaherty is the publisher for the ADC suite of titles.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

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