Instructions for authors
Paediatrics & Child Health conforms to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guideline Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. The journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts for peer review of submissions. Manuscripts that contain plagiarized material will be immediately rejected.
Articles may be submitted in English or French. If neither language is authors’ first language, it is highly recommended that the manuscript be read by individuals for whom English or French is their first language before it is submitted.
Before you start
- Review a description of the types of manuscripts the journal publishes.
- Consult the editorial policies. You will be asked about ethics board approval, conflicts of interest and informed consent.
- If your manuscript reports on a clinical trial (eg, RCT), it must follow the CONSORT guidelines. Consult the Library of Examples for best practice.
Manuscripts are received with the understanding they are submitted solely to Paediatrics & Child Health, and that none of the material contained in the manuscript has been published previously or is under consideration for publication elsewhere, with the exception of abstracts.
The editors will determine whether accepted manuscripts will be published in the print edition or published in full online with an abstract in the print edition.
Accepted manuscripts are sent to the publisher for copyediting. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author, who will be asked to transfer copyright ownership. To avoid delays in publication, authors are required to return proofs within 48 hours by fax or e-mail to the publisher.
All articles, online and print, are submitted to PubMed Central 12 months after publication.
How to prepare your submission
- Font type and size – Use only Arial, Courier, Symbol and Times font. The use of non-standard fonts may lead to missing symbols. The font size should be no smaller than 7 point and no larger than 14 point.
- Page numbering – Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page as 1. The last name of the first author should appear in the header of each page (top right corner).
- Abbreviations – Must be defined at first mention in the text.
- Measurements – Use SI units only.
- Headings – Provide appropriate headings and subheading in the methods, results and discussion sections, especially in original articles.
- Each manuscript type has a specific order. Consult "What does Paediatrics & Child Health publish?" for details.
Conflict of interest and financial disclosure
Authors must state any potential conflicts of interest when submitting the manuscript. Once an article is accepted, manuscript authors may be required to complete an ICJME Conflict of Interest form prior to publication. See editorial policies for more information.
The cover letter must detail what is being submitted. If there are multiple authors, identify the author responsible for all correspondence and page proofs. Please include: contact address, telephone and fax numbers and an e-mail address of the corresponding author, statement of transmittal, statement confirming no conflict of interest exists, or a statement of disclosure.
Provide a descriptive title for the manuscript. List the names of all authors (including full, first or middle names) along with their qualifications (e.g. MD, PhD, RN) and institutions. Specify the name of the institution where the work originated and the name of the ethics board that approved the study. Identify the author responsible for all correspondence.
Submissions must include a 150-words or less abstract, except original articles, which may include a 250-words or less structured abstract (eg, objectives, methods, results and conclusions) and be submitted as a separate file. An abstract should be substantive (eg, provide actual data where applicable) rather than purely descriptive. Only standards units of measurements should be abbreviated; no acronyms please.
You will be asked to select the area of specialization for your manuscript and 3 to 6 key words.
These must be cited using Arabic numerals assigned according to the order of mention in the text. Do not import figures into the text file; Ssubmit them as separate files.
Tables: Each table should be on a separate page from the rest of the text with the table number above the table and explanatory notes below. If abbreviations are used, an alphabetical listing must be included in the footnote.
Figures: Each figure should be submitted in its original format. Figure lettering, decimals, lines and other details must be sufficiently large to withstand reduction and reproduction. Legends are typed below the figure; give enough information to allow interpretation of the figure without reference to the text and identify all abbreviations appearing on figures in alphabetical order at the end of each legend.
Graphs: Graphs must be created using Microsoft Word (.doc), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt), Microsoft Excel (.xls) or Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps).
Photographs: Any photographs imported into your figure must be scanned at a resolution of no less than 360 dpi and saved as a .tiff file. Place crop marks on photomicrographs to show the essential field and designate special features with arrows (which must contrast with the background). Please consult our policies for information regarding informed consent.
Brief acknowledgements may appear at the end of the text, before the references.
Follow the style of the National Library of Medicine. Each reference should be numbered consecutively in the order that it is cited in the text, using Arabic numerals in parentheses on the line. DO NOT superscript. DO NOT use endnote or footnote functions.
Personal communications, manuscripts in preparation and other unpublished data should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text in parentheses. Identify abstracts with the abbreviation ‘Abst’ and letters to the editor by ‘Lett’ in parentheses; abstracts should not be cited if they are more than 2 years old.
Corresponding authors must verify that they obtained informed consent from the patient or parent. Please do not submit the actual patient consent form to protect patient privacy.
Previously published material
Ensure you have obtained permission to reproduce previously published material (if applicable). Authors are responsible to identify the source of materials used and secure permission if previously published.
An email notification will be sent to corresponding authors to confirm the submission was sent successfully. If the manuscript meets the criteria, it will begin the peer review process.