Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Cover image for Vol. 53 Issue 9

Edited By: David Isaacs

Impact Factor: 1.572

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 64/121 (Pediatrics)

Online ISSN: 1440-1754

Author Guidelines




Thank you for your interest in Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

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Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health is the official journal of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians) in affiliation with the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Paediatric Research Society of Australia and the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, and publishes original research articles of scientific excellence in paediatrics and child health. Research Articles and Editorial Correspondence are published, together with invited Reviews, Annotations, Editorial Comments and manuscripts of educational interest.


Annotations should be no more than 1500 words with a maximum of 12 references. Authors must supply a maximum of 5 key words and an unstructured abstract. Authors must supply three brief 'Key Points' summarising the main points raised in the manuscript. Authors must also provide 3 multiple choice questions (preferably 'A-type' single best of 5 alternatives with brief explanations for each answer) based on their Annotation. Please ensure that brief explanations are provided for both correct and incorrect answers.

Editorial Comments
Editorial Comments should be no more than 1500 words with a maximum of 12 references. Authors must supply a one-line summary of the key point raised and provide a reference to the manuscript(s) the paper comments on.

Original Articles
Original Articles should be no more than 2500 words with a structured abstract that states in 250 words or fewer the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. Divide the abstract with the headings: Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusions. Authors must supply up to three brief points 'What is already known on this topic' and up to three brief points stating 'What this paper adds'.

Review Articles
Review Articles should be no more than 2500 words with a maximum of 50 references. Abstracts can be either structured or unstructured, at a maximum of 150 words. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Authors must supply three brief 'Key Points' summarising the main points raised in the manuscript. Authors must also provide 3 multiple choice questions (preferably 'A-type' single best of 5 alternatives with brief explanations for each answer) based on their Review. Please ensure that brief explanations are provided for both correct and incorrect answers.

Case Reports
The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health has amended its Case Report section. New Case Notes/Reports will now only be considered for publication in the Letters to the Editor section. In order to suit this format, manuscripts need to be formatted as a Letter to the Editor and be approximately 400 words in length, with no more than one figure or table, and a maximum of four references.

Clinical Trials
Clinical Trials must be registered with the appropriate governing body.

Instructive Cases
Instructive Cases involve a clinical problem or issue of clear educational benefit. There is an initial case report, then a brief discussion with appropriate references. No abstract or key words are required (when the website requests an Abstract, type N/A for 'not applicable'). A Summary listing learning points should be included at the end of the Instructive Case. Instructive Cases should be no more than 1200 words in length, with no more than 3 figures or tables and a maximum of 8 references. Authors must also provide 3 multiple choice questions (preferably 'A-type' single best of 5 alternatives with brief explanations for each answer) based on their Instructive Case. Please ensure that brief explanations are provided for both correct and incorrect answers.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor should be no more than 400 words in length, with no more than one figure or table, and a maximum of four references.

Heads Up
Heads Up submissions should be a summary, approximately 200 words, of a recent paper of interest. This should not be the abstract but a short digest of the results, putting them in context of what the paper adds. Please attach a file with a single graph or histogram (preferably not a table) from the paper to make the most important point visually (not essential). A photograph or illustration (subject to copyright) would also be suitable. The names of authors of Heads Up pieces will be published.

Journal Club
Journal club articles should be no more than 2500 words. They should reflect what happens at journal clubs where doctors come with a clinical question, search for evidence, critically appraise the best evidence and then apply it to their patient, reflecting how the research could have been conducted better. The paper should be divided into the headings: Clinical scenario, Structured clinical question, Search strategy, Table (of relevant papers found in the search), Critical appraisal of all relevant papers (using standard critical appraisal guidelines), followed by a brief discussion of how to do the research better, how to apply the information to the patient and the clinical bottom line.

CitationsStudy populationStudy design and Level of evidenceResultsComments

Image of the Month
Please send a photograph or other image, together with a short clinical question and a brief answer. For an example, please follow these links: Question and Answer. If the photograph is identifiable, please send written permission from a parent and/or child or confirm that verbal approval has been obtained. Privacy is the responsibility of the author(s).

Position Papers
Position Papers express the consenses view of an organisation, e.g. about the management of a condition. Any recommendations should be evidence-based and should state the Level of Evidence (using NHMRC criteria). They should be up to 2,500 words long with a maximum of 50 references.

Viewpoint is available for papers expressing a personal practice or personal view on medical or non-medical topics that are relevant to the readers. They can be up to 2,500 words long and referenced if appropriate.

Ethical Debate
Ethical debate is available for papers describing an ethical dilemma in clinical practice. They may argue only one perspective or two different viewpoints. They can be up to 2,500 words long and reference if appropriate.

Brief Communications
Brief Communications are used to fill gaps in the JPCH and will be indexed. They are supposed to be entertaining, humorous, informative, thought-provoking or all of the above. They should be relevant, in a broad sense, to paediatrics and those who work in child health. They should be no longer than 600 words. Examples include humorous or poignant stories or instructive mistakes. Consent will be needed if the subject of the Brief Communication is identifiable.

FIllers are used to fill gaps in the JPCH, but are not indexed. They are supposed to be entertaining, humorous, informative, thought-provoking or all of the above. Examples of Fillers include cartoons and poems. Consent will be needed if the subject of the Filler is identifiable.



Manuscripts should follow the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Comiittee of Medical Journal Editors' revised 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication', as presented at

The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word, using 1.5 line spacing.

The journal uses UK spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

All measurements must be given in SI units.

Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only where they ease the reader’s task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation.

Scientific names
Upon its first use in the title, abstract and text, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (Genus, species and authority) in parentheses. However, for well-known species, the scientific name may be omitted from the article title. If no common name exists in English, the scientific name should be used only.

Trade names
At the first mention of a chemical substance, give the generic name only. Trade names should not used.

Drugs should be referred to by their generic names, rather than brand names.

Equations should be numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals; these should be ranged right in parentheses. All variables should appear in italics. Use the simplest possible form for all mathematical symbols.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title page

The title page should contain (i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (ii) the type of manuscript (e.g. Original Article, Instructive Case, Editorial Correspondence: Case Note), (iii) the full names of the authors and (iv) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript, proofs and requests for offprints should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Main text

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. The main text of the manuscript should be presented in the following order: (i) abstract and key words, (ii) text, (iii) acknowledgements (iv) references, (v) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), (vi) figure legends. Figures and supporting information should be submitted as separate files. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.

Abstract and Key words
Please refer to the section 'Manuscript Categories' for details about which article types require abstracts. Key words should be taken from those recommended by the US National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser list.

Authors should use subheadings to divide the sections of their manuscript: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion.

The source of financial grants and other funding should be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not allowed.

The Vancouver system of referencing should be used. In the text, references should be cited using superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear. If cited only in tables or figure legends, number them according to the first identification of the table or figure in the text. In the reference list, the references should be numbered and listed in order of appearance in the text.

Cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more list the first three followed by et al.

Names of journals should be abbreviated in the style used in Index Medicus.

Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. A Smith, unpubl. data, 2000).

Journal article

1  Soter NA, Wasserman SI, Austen KF. Cold urticaria: release into the circulation of histamine and eosinophil chemotactic factor of anaphylaxis during cold challenge. N. Engl. J. Med. 1976; 294: 687–90.

Online article not yet published in an issue
An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.

Hall, A. and Jones G. V. (2008) Effect of potential atmospheric warming on temperature-based indices describing Australian winegrape growing conditions. The Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0238.2008.00035.x


2  Kaufmann HE, Baron BA, McDonald MB, Waltman SR, eds. The Cornea. Churchill Livingstone, New York, 1988.

Chapter in a Book

3  McEwen WK, Goodner IK. Secretion of tears and blinking. In: Davson H, ed. The Eye, Vol. 3, 2nd edn. Academic Press, New York, 1969; 34–78.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should be presented on a separate sheet of A4 paper with a comprehensive but concise legend above the table. Tables should be double-spaced and vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations should be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶ should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings. The table and its legend/footnotes should be understandable without reference to the text.

Figure Legends
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Preparing Figures
Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Colour figures: Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If you wish to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.

Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text. Supporting Information

Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note, if data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

Wiley Author Resources

Wiley has a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to Wiley’s best practice tips on Writing for Search Engine Optimization.

Editing, Translation and Formatting Support: Wiley Editing Services can greatly improve the chances of your manuscript being accepted. Offering expert help in English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting and figure preparation, Wiley Editing Services ensures that your manuscript is ready for submission.

Video Abstracts

A video abstract can be a quick way to make the message of your research accessible to a much larger audience. Wiley and its partner Research Square offer a service of professionally produced video abstracts, available to authors of articles accepted in this journal. You can learn more about it, and purchase one for your article, at If you have any questions, please direct them to .


Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editors. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editors.

Manuscripts should be written so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of scientific content, the Editors or the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader.

Ethical Considerations

Authors must state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Brazil 2013) available at

All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject(s) gave informed consent and patient anonymity should be preserved.

In general, submission of Instructive Cases and Case Notes should be accompanied by the written consent of the subject (or parent/guardian) prior to publication; this is particularly important where photographs are to be used or in cases where the unique nature of the incident reported makes it possible for the patient to be identified. While the Editors recognise that it might not always be possible or appropriate to seek such consent, the onus will be on the authors to demonstrate that this exception applies in their case.

Conflict of interest

Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest. If there is none, this should be stated.

Plagiarism Policy

Authors submitting papers to Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health have a responsibility to ensure that the submitted paper follows good ethical principals, as outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics or COPE website:

In particular, authors should be sure that they could not be accused of:
1. Plagiarism: when authors used the words, ideas and results of other authors to an unacceptable extent without acknowledgement.
2. Redundant publication: re-use of the authors' own data without acknowledgement (sometimes called dual or duplicate publication).

The journal will follow the recommended policy of COPE with regard to transgressions, as outlined in the COPE flowcharts

Authors should be aware that Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health considers infringements regarding plagiarism and redundant publication to be serious ethical lapses. The Journal will reject inappropriately submitted papers and may demand retraction of infringing papers that are inadvertently published. In addition, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health advises authors that serious cases may be reported to the author's parent institution, a course that COPE recommends should be considered.


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate that a particular type of CC license has to be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving definitions and policies. Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees: If you choose to publish using OnlineOpen you will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.


Accepted article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive emaile notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Access and sharing

When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested).
• You can share your published article through social media.
• As the author, you retain free access (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.

You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage).

Now is the time to start promoting your article. Find out how to do that here.

Measuring the impact of your work

Wiley also helps you measure the impact of your research through our specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


Alison Bell, Editorial Office, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
155 Cremorne Street
Richmond, Victoria 3121
Email:; tel: 61 3 9274 3132

Guidelines updated 9 February 2017