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Instructions to Authors

The Journal of Pediatric Psychology is an official publication of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association. JPP publishes articles related to theory, research, and professional practice in pediatric psychology.

Types of Manuscripts:

• Original research, including case studies
• Review articles
• Commentaries

Manuscript preparation: General Instructions

Full instructions for uploading data and files etc. are given on Manuscript Central at the website under Instructions for online submission:

Organization of manuscripts

Manuscript Central will guide authors through the submission steps, including: Abstract, Keyword selection, and the Manuscript. The manuscript must contain an Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and Reference List.

Length of manuscript: Original research articles should not exceed 25 pages, in total, including title page, references, figures, tables, etc. In the case of papers that report on multiple studies or those with methodologies that necessitate detailed explanation, the authors should justify longer manuscript length to the Editor in the cover letter. Case reports should not exceed 20 pages. Review articles should not exceed 30 pages. Commentaries should not exceed 4 pages. The Journal of Pediatric Psychology no longer accepts brief reports but will accept manuscripts that are shorter in length than the 25 page manuscripts.

Manuscripts (text, references, tables, figures, etc.) should be prepared in detailed accord with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). There are two exceptions:

(a) The academic degrees of authors should be placed on the title page following their names, and

(b) a structured abstract of not more than 150 words should be included. The abstract should include the following parts:

(1) Objective (brief statement of the purpose of the study);
(2) Methods (summary of the participants, design, measures, procedure);
(3) Results (the primary findings of this work); and
(4) Conclusions (statement of implications of these data).

Key words should be included, consistent with APA style. Submissions should be double-spaced throughout, with margins of at least 1 inch and font size of 12 points (or 26 lines per page, 12-15 characters per inch). Authors should remove all identifying information from the body of the manuscript so that peer reviewers will be unable to recognize the authors and their affiliations. E-mail addresses, whenever possible, should be included in the author note.

Informed consent and ethical treatment of study participants. Authors should indicate in the Method section of relevant manuscripts how informed consent was obtained and report the approval of the study by the appropriate Institutional Review Board(s). Authors will also be asked to sign a statement, provided by the Editor that they have complied with the American Psychological Association Ethical Principles with regard to the treatment of their sample.

Clinical relevance of the research should be incorporated into the manuscripts. There is no special section on clinical implications, but authors should integrate implications for practice, as appropriate, into papers.

Terminology should be sensitive to the individual who has a disease or disability. The Editors endorse the concept of "people first, not their disability." Terminology should reflect the "person with a disability" (e.g., children with diabetes, persons with HIV infection, families of children with cancer) rather than the condition as an adjective (e.g., diabetic children, HIV patients, cancer families). Nonsexist language should be used.

Special instructions for types of manuscripts

(1) Treatment studies/Randomized controlled trials: If you are submitting a manuscript of a randomized clinical trial to JPP, you are required to submit a flowchart of your research showing the steps found in the Consort E-Flowchart. This should be submitted as a figure. The Consort E-Flowchart and a checklist of items to be included when reporting a randomized trial can both be found on Please clearly indicate the page numbers where each checklist item is reported in the manuscript. Please upload this checklist as supplementary material when you submit your manuscript for consideration.

(2) Case Studies: Although there may be some exceptions, most case studies should be sent to Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (CPPP). Single-subject studies that employ rigorous A-B-A-B designs and/or statistical strategies can be sent to JPP. All others will probably fit better with CPPP. Case reports should not exceed 20 pages. Case reports are appropriate to document the efficacy of new treatment applications; to describe new clinical phenomena; to develop hypotheses; to illustrate methodological issues, difficult diagnoses, and novel treatment approaches; and to identify unmet clinical or research needs. Guidelines for case study submissions can be found in Drotar, D. (2009). Editorial: Case Studies and Series: A Call for Action and Invitation for Submissions, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 795-802; Drotar, D. (2011). Editorial: Guidance for Submitting and Reviewing Case Reports and Series in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 951-958.

Guidelines for Single Subject Studies: Please read Rapoff, M. & Stark, L. (2008). Editorial: Journal of Pediatric Psychology Statement of Purpose: Section on Single-Subject Studies.

(3) Measurement development and validation articles: For additional guidance please read, Holmbeck, G. & Devine, K. (2009) Editorial: An Author’s Checklist for Measure Development and Validation Manuscripts.

(4) Review articles: Please consult the recent editorial (New Guidelines for Publishing Review Articles in JPP) which describes new guidelines for review articles, and the Checklist for Preparing and Evaluating Review Articles.

     a) Topical reviews: Topical reviews summarize contemporary findings, suggest new conceptual models, or highlight noteworthy or controversial issues in pediatric psychology. They are limited to 2,000 words, contain no more than 2 tables or figures, and have an upper limit of 30 references. Supplementary online material (e.g., additional tables) may be considered on a case by case basis.

     b) Systematic reviews: Systematic reviews should not exceed 30 pages. Authors are required to attach the PRISMA checklist and flow diagram as supplementary material for each submission. Authors can find the PRISMA checklist and flow diagram in downloadable templates that can be re-used at this URL, Authors of systematic reviews that do not include a meta-analysis must provide a clear statement in the manuscript explaining why such an analysis is not included for all or relevant portions of the report.

(5) Commentaries: Commentaries are invited on all topics of interest in pediatric psychology, and should not exceed 4 pages, including references.

(6) Historical Analysis in Pediatric Psychology is a special series of papers devoted to the history of pediatric psychology. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this series should contact the Editor of JPP to discuss potential papers prior to submission. There is no deadline for these papers (they may be submitted anytime). All submissions will be peer reviewed and should comply fully with the JPP Instructions to Authors. Papers in this series should be tightly focused contributions that expand our understanding of the roots, evolution, and/or impact of pediatric psychology as a discipline. Manuscripts may focus on the influence of individuals, published works, organizations, conceptualizations, philosophies or approaches, or clinical and professional activities. Successful papers should articulate a clear purpose/question and develop a compelling argument for the topic. Contributions should include a breadth of coverage, such that contradictory data are included and potential biases acknowledged. Historical analysis is more than a recounting of the “facts” and should include a thoughtful and scholarly interpretation of the subject matter. Papers should rely on primary sources and must be clearly and appropriately referenced. Supplemental materials to accompany the article may be posted online.

Additional Guidance:

The following links provide additional guidance for authors and reviewers. Editorial Policy, Authors' Checklist, Guidelines for Reviews, Suggestions for Mentored Reviews, "People First,", NIH policy, Replication of research, Duplicate and redundant policies Conflict of interest

See the following articles for detailed guidance concerning preparation of manuscripts: Editorial: Thoughts in Improving the Quality of Manuscripts Submitted to the Journal of Pediatric Psychology: How to Write a Convincing Introduction. ; Methods: Editorial: How to Report Methods in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology; Results and Discussion: Editorial: How to Write an Effective Results and Discussion Section for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:
• The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
• The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health’ or simply 'National Institutes of Health', not 'NCI' (one of the 27 subinstitutions) or ‘NCI at NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies)
• Grant numbers should be complete and accurate and provided in parentheses as follows: ‘(grant number xxxx)’
• Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘(grant numbers xxxx, yyyy)’
• Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
• Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

Oxford Journals will deposit all NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central. See authors/repositories.html for details. Authors must ensure that manuscripts are clearly indicated as NIH-funded using the guidelines above

Color Figure Charges

Authors are charged for the print reproduction of color figures. The cost is $600/€525/£325 per color page. Figures can be published in black and white in the print edition and in color online for free. If you choose this option, please ensure that your figures are clear and readable in both black and white and color.

Permission for Illustrations and Figures

Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS, and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section. Information on permissions contacts for a number of main galleries and museums can also be provided. Should you require copies of this, please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department.

Language Editing

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Updated January 2016