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Aims and scope
Archives of Disease in Childhood is an international peer review journal that aims to keep paediatricians and others up to date with advances in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases as well as advocacy issues such as child protection. It focuses on all aspects of child health and disease from the perinatal period (in the Fetal and Neonatal edition) through to adolescence. ADC includes original research reports, commentaries, reviews of clinical and policy issues, and evidence reports. Areas covered include: community child health, public health, epidemiology, acute paediatrics, advocacy, and ethics.
The content of Archives of Disease in Childhood is endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for Continued Professional Development in line with RCPCH CPD guidelines.
Archives of Disease in Childhood is the flagship of BMJ’s paediatrics portfolio and has an open access companion journal, BMJ Paediatrics Open.
For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.
Plan S compliance
Archives of Disease in Childhood is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.
Subscribers to ADC receive two complementary editions of the journal as part of their subscription:
Education and Practice editionThis edition of ADC published six times per year (launched in 2004) aims to assist paediatricians, at all levels in their training, in their ongoing professional development. The edition is supported by the RCPCH but has international appeal. The journal contains the following educational sections:
- Best practice
- Problem solving in clinical practice
- Pharmacy update
- Evidence-based paediatrics (Picket)
- Interpretations (making sense of diagnostic tests)
- Radiology (Illuminations) and dermatology (Dermatophile) quizzes
The Fetal and Neonatal editionThis bimonthly edition of ADC brings together quality research and reviews in the field of perinatal and neonatal medicine. Original research papers cover fetal and neonatal physiology and clinical practice, genetics, perinatal epidemiology and neurodevelopmental outcomes.
ADC is co-owned by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and BMJ. For more information please refer to the Affiliations section below.
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
ADC is published monthly E&P and FNN are published bimonthly
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Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
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Journal Statistics 2022
Acceptance rate: 32%
Speed Days to first decision without review: 2 (median) Days to first decision: 60 days (median) Days from acceptance to publication: 18 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor Category: Pediatrics Impact Factor (JCR): 4.918 Impact Factor rank: 16/130 5 Year Impact Factor: 4.482 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.33 Eigenfactor: 0.01191 Citescore: 5 Citescore rank: 41/298 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 0.709
Reach Total content views: 2.29 million Total Altmetric mentions: 18,140
The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure.
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Rights and Permissions
Members receive ADC with Drug Therapy section
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The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. The BMJ Group is a sponsor of its activities.