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Clinical Pediatrics

Ochsner Children's Health Center, New Orleans, LA, USA

Published in Association with Society for Clinical Pediatrics

Published in Association with Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Clinical Pediatrics is a practice-oriented journal emphasizing outpatient pediatric care. We solicit and encourage submission of manuscripts of value to the practitioner in all areas of child care including pediatric practice, clinical research, behavioral and educational management, community health issues, medical education, and subspecialty or affiliated specialty applications to pediatric practice.

Average time from submission to first decision: 20 days.

Original Articles
Clinical research concerning diagnosis and management, sociologic and anthropologic studies, and studies on delivery of health care. Original articles have no word limitations; this is left up to the discretion of the author(s). Original articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150 words or less and keywords.

Review articles on subjects relevant to the delivery of health care to children, particularly with emphasis on current diagnostic and management recommendations. No abstract is necessary. Before submission, authors of these commentaries are encouraged to consult with the editor via e-mail at since similar articles may be in press.

Brief Reports
Articles of less than 1500 words with no abstract, a total of 1 or 2 tables or figures, and no more than 10 references. To be acceptable, such reports should offer a new clinical observation or new management approach.

Resident Rounds
Case reports written by a resident, fellow or medical student with the guidance of a faculty/staff physician. They should be cases that taught the physician in training something appropriate to be shared with colleagues in a similar stage of education. They will usually be patients who presented in an unusual fashion or who demonstrated unique clinical or laboratory manifestations of their diseases. The case report should be approximately 500 words, the discussion 1000 words, and the manuscript should include no more than 1 or 2 tables and figures and 10 references. A "hospital course" section and "final diagnosis" should also be included. The title should be a descriptive wording of the initial presentation and not give away the diagnosis. Contributors are encouraged to review other published. Resident Rounds should not have abstracts and keywords and the structure should be as follows:
a) Case report
b) Final Diagnosis
c) Hospital Course
d) Discussion
e) Conclusion

Letters to the Editor

Letters pertaining to manuscripts published in Clinical Pediatrics or on topics of interest. They should be approximately 300 words with no more than five references.

Submission of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Files should be submitted in Microsoft Word and should include the following elements: complete author names, author contact information, including credentials, departmental and institutional affiliations, any source of financial assistance, acknowledgments, abstract (150 words or less), keywords, references, tables, illustrations, and legends.

Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. Clinical Pediatrics follows the editorial style of the American Medical Association. For reference style, please see the reference section below. Original illustrations are returned only if requested by the authors. Laboratory values may be described in either metric mass units or the International System of Units (SI units). The equivalent value in the alternate system should be given in parentheses immediately after the primary value. The same sequence should be used in each article. All acronyms should be spelled out with the first appearance in text.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared using the AMA Style Guide (10th Edition).


One inch margins are required around the text.

Line Spacing
Single space is required within the abstract, notes, titles and headings, block quotes, tables and figures, and references etc; double space is required before and after each single spaced block.

Text should be in 10-point or 12-point, Times New Roman.

Half-inch indents are standard.

Page Numbers
All the pages must be numbered sequentially.

The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) References, (6) Tables, (7) Figures, and (8) Appendices.

1. Title page. Please include the following:

  • Full article title
  • Acknowledgments and credits
  • Each author’s complete name, academic degrees, and institutional affiliation(s)
  • Grant numbers and/or funding information
  • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

2. Abstract. Abstracts should be structured for reports of original data, systematic reviews (including meta-analyses), and clinical reviews (word limit shotld be 250-300, depending on the journal style) and should be unstructured for other major manuscripts (word limit should be 150, depending on the journal style).

Type the abstract on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

Abstracts are not required for special features such as letters, news articles, editorial etc.

References should not be cited in abstract.

3. Keywords: A short list of keywords should be given at the end of the abstract.

4. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.


Centered / Flush Left

Upper lower case, bold

First Level Heading

Flush Left

Upper lower case, bold

Second Level Heading

Flush Left

Upper lower case, italics

Third Level Heading

Paragraph indented

Upper lower case, italics, end with a dot and run-on with the next para

Items to Avoid in Headings:

  •  Avoid using a single abbreviation as a heading, even if the abbreviation has been expanded earlier in the text.
  • Avoid expanding abbreviations for the first time in a heading. Spell the abbreviation out in the heading if that is its first appearance and introduce the abbreviation, if appropriate, at the next appearance of the term.
  • Avoid citing figures or tables and references in headings. Cite them in the appropriate place in the text that follows the heading.


In-text citation.

For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.

Cite references in consecutive order using superscript Arabic numbers.

Each superscript must match one reference in the References list.

Use commas to separate multiple citation numbers in text. Corresponding references should be listed in numeric order at the end of the document. Unpublished works and personal communications (oral, written, and electronic) should be cited parenthetically (and not on the reference list). Superscript numbers are placed outside periods and commas, and inside colons and semicolons.

When more than 2 references are cited at a given place in the manuscript, use hyphens to join the first and last numbers of a closed series; use commas without space to separate other parts of a multiple citation.

For eg., As reported previously, 1,3-8,19

The derived data were as follows3,4

Page numbers may be used in the superscript numbers; they are enclosed in parentheses.

Page numbers are required for direct quotations.

Basic rules for the reference list

  • The title “References” is centered at the top of a separate page at the end of the document.
  • Entries are preceded by their number and are given in numerical order.
  • The reference list should be single-spaced. Single-space between entries.
  • The second line and all subsequent lines of each item in the reference list should be indented (hanging indent).

Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check AMA (10th Ed).


Author(s) separated by commas. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; year.

Goldberg L, Elliot DL. Exercise for Prevention and Treatment of Illness. Philadelphia, Pa: FA Davis Co; 1994.

Edited book

Author(s), eds. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; year.

Armitage JO, Antman KH, eds. High Dose Cancer Therapy: Pharmacology, Hematopoietins, Stem Cells. Baltimore, Md: Williams & Wilkins; 1995.

Chapter or article from a book

Author(s) of article. Title of article. In: Editor's name, ed. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; Year: Chapter or page number.

Gamble VN. On becoming a physician: a dream not deferred. In: White EC, ed. The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves. Seattle, Wash: Seal Press; 1990:52-64.

Articles in journals

AMA style requires the use of standard abbreviations for all references, when applicable. Abbreviations for many common medical journals can be found in the AMA Manual of Style (pp.473-479). Additional abbreviations can be searched in the PubMed Journal Database (

One author

(do not include issue number or month unless volumes are not consecutively numbered)

Author. Article title. Journal Title. Month Year; Volume: Inclusive page numbers.

Angelo J. A survey of persons who use integrated control devices. Assist Technol. 1998;10:77-83.

Articles in Online Journals

The preferred citation style for an electronic journal uses a DOI (digital object identifier). The DOI provides a persistent link to the electronic item and is considered to be more stable than a URL. If the DOI is not given on the full text article or in the citation, use a DOI lookup tool to locate it ( or use the format for an article without a DOI.

Article from online journals with DOI available.

Note that when using a DOI, no access date or URL are used.

Author. Title of article. Name of Journal. Year;vol(issue):pages. doi:xx.xxxx.

Florez HR, Martinez RL. Outdoor exercise reduces the risk of hypovitaminosis D in the obese. J Steroid Biochem Mol Bio. 2007;103(3-5):679-681. doi:10.1016 /j.jsbmb.2006.12.032.

Article from online journals without DOI available.

The accessed date will often be the only date available.

Author. Title of article. Name of Journal. Year;vol(issue);pages. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.

Hay PJ. Understanding bulimia. Aust Fam Physician. 2007;36(9):708-712. Accessed October 11, 2009.

Web pages

Author or responsible body. Title of item cited. Name of website. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.

World Health Organization. Saving the future generation in Darfur. World Health Organization. child_health/en/index.html. Published July 7, 2007. Accessed October 11, 2009.

Other Media

Use for DVDs, videos, cd-roms, and other media formats.

Author. Title [format]. Publisher place: Publisher; Year.

Holzknect J. History of physical therapy in the United States [DVD]. New York, NY: Insight Media; 2007.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at

6. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title.

They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.

For each Table, there must be a corresponding citation in the text and for each Table citation here must be a corresponding Table.

IMPORTANT: PERMISSION- The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in (journal acronym). A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

8. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”).

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