Guide for Authors

American Journal of Pediatrics (AJP) publishes original research articles, clinical and laboratory observations (case reports), reviews of medical progress in pediatrics and related fields, insights and images, and letters to the editor.

Manuscripts are accepted for review with the stipulation that they are submitted solely to the journal. The journal will not consider for review manuscripts that have been published elsewhere, even if in another language, manuscripts that are being considered by another publication, are in press, or will be published or submitted elsewhere. Although poster presentations and abstracts are not considered duplicate publication, they should be stated in the initial letter of submission.

If any part of a manuscript by the same author(s) contains any information that was previously published, is in press, or is under consideration by another publication, a reprint of the previous article or a copy of the other manuscript must be submitted to the editor at the point of submission, with a justification or explanation by the authors of any potential overlap or duplication. It is not necessary to disclose submissions that were rejected by another journal.

The editors are disinclined to publish more than one paper arising from the study of the same patient population. Please combine papers from the same study whenever possible. If you are unable to combine the papers, a reprint of the other article(s) or a copy of the other manuscript(s) must be submitted to the editor at the point of submission, with a justification or explanation by the authors as to why the papers could not be combined.

If the editor is made aware of such overlapping or duplicate manuscripts that have not been disclosed by the authors, a written explanation will be requested. If, in the judgment of the editor, the explanation is inadequate, the submission will be rejected. If there is no disclosure, an appropriate official of the primary author's academic institution will be notified.

Online Submission System

Publishing your research in a Science Publishing Group journal is simple and efficient. Science Publishing Group journals use online submission system: http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/login.aspx

Word Processing Formats

Only the following word processor file formats are acceptable for the manuscript document for all of Science Publishing Group journals:

  • • Microsoft word 2000/2003(doc)
  • • Microsoft word 2007/2010(docx)

Manuscript Template

Please click here to download the template to format your manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript length should be 6 to 18 pages. Science Publishing Group can exceptionally accept shorter or longer manuscripts, provided that the scientific content is of high value. No additional page charges are required if a manuscript is substantially longer than 17 pages.

All submitted manuscripts must include the following items:

  • • Title
  • • List of authors, their affiliations and email addresses
  • • Abstract
  • • Introduction
  • • Main body
  • • Results and discussion
  • • Conclusions
  • • Acknowledgments (optional)
  • • References

Title - Make sure that the title is specific and concise. Titles should be presented in title case - all words except the first word should be in lower case letters.

List of authors, their affiliations and email addresses - Provide the full names and affiliations of all the authors. Affiliations should include department, university or organization, city, and country. One of the authors should be designated as the corresponding author, and their email address needs to be included.

Abstract - The abstract should briefly introduce the manuscript, not exceeding 400 words. No citations should be included in the abstract.

Keywords - At least 3 keywords or phrases should be included and must be separated by commas to distinguish them.

Introduction - The introduction section should provide a context for your manuscript. When preparing the introduction, please bear in mind that some readers will not be experts in your field of research.

Main body - the main body part should include the main proposed ideas, results and discussions.

Conclusions - A conclusion is where you summarize the paper's findings and generalize their importance, discuss ambiguous data, and recommend further research. An effective conclusion should provide closure for a paper, leaving the reader feeling satisfied that the concepts have been fully explained.

Acknowledgments - You as the author are free to decide whether to include acknowledgments or not. Usually, the acknowledgments section includes the names of people who in some way contributed to the work, but do not fit the criteria to be listed as the authors. This section of your manuscript can also include information about funding sources.

References - Science Publishing Group uses the numbered citation method for reference formatting, with sequential numbering in the text, and respective ordering in a list at the end of the paper.

The list should contain at least 20 references and should be arranged in the order of citation in text. List only one reference per reference number. In the text, each reference number should be enclosed by square brackets. Citations of references may be given simply as "in [1] ...". Similarly, it is not necessary to mention the authors of a reference, unless the mention is relevant to the text.

Multiple citations within a single set of brackets should be separated by commas. Where there are three or more sequential citations, they should be given as a range [2,7-9,13].

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