Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
59 days*
Time from acceptance to publication:
16 days*
Rank (pediatrics):
Impact factor:
Total content views:
1.61 million

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 edition

This 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
For more information please read the editorial that appeared in the first issue.

The Fetal and Neonatal edition

This 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.

Journal Information

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.
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
ADC is published monthly E&P and FNN are published bimonthly
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; BIOSIS Previews; Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
E&P Online ISSN
E&P Print ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 36%
Speed Time to first decision without review: 2 days (median) Time to first decision: 59 days (median) Time from acceptance to publication: 16 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor Category: Pediatrics Impact Factor (JCR): 5.2 Impact Factor rank: 11/130 5 Year Impact Factor: 4.3 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.65 Eigenfactor: 0.01414 Citescore: 5.7 Citescore rank: 37/306 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 1.188
Reach Total content views: 1.61 million Total Altmetric mentions: 9,671

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.

How we get these metrics

Contact Information

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For Authors

Please refer to the Instructions for Authors


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