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On this page: Submitting an Article | PR author resource hub | Benefits of Publishing with PR Open Access & Self Archiving | Extend the reach of your paper | About AAP

Submitting an article

To read about how to prepare your article, please click on Instructions to Authors. If you are ready to submit an article please click on Online Submission.

PR author resource hub

We have produced a new microsite to help authors get published in Pediatric Research. This includes a step-by-step 'How to Get Published' guide, a letter from the Editor-in-Chief — Cynthia Bearer on why you should consider publishing your research in Pediatric Research, general tips for promoting your research and our open access options.

Benefits of publishing with PR

PR is owned by the International Pediatric Research Foundation and is the official publication of the American Pediatric Society, European Society for Paediatric Research and Society for Pediatric Research. The journal is committed to publishing high quality, independently peer-reviewed research and review material.

The journal is published in partnership with Springer Nature, which uses pioneering technologies, innovative formats and world class production to provide premium information for scientific researchers in the public and private sectors, government agencies and educators.

A key strength of Springer Nature is its close relationship with the scientific community. By working closely with scientists, listening to what they say, and always placing emphasis on quality rather than quantity, Springer Nature is the leading scientific publisher at finding innovative solutions to scientists' information needs, both for the Nature-branded publications and those published on behalf of society partners, including American Pediatric Society, European Paediatric Research Society and Society for Pediatric Research.

Publishing with PR and Springer Nature provides an author with a wide range of benefits:

License to Publish

The International Pediatric Research Foundation does not require authors of original research papers to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors grant the International Pediatric Research Foundation an exclusive license to publish, in return for which they can re-use their papers in their future printed work. Authors can download the Pediatric Research License to Publish form here.

In addition, authors are encouraged to archive their version of the manuscript in their institution's repositories (as well as on their personal web sites), six months after the original publication. Authors should cite the publication reference and doi number on any deposited version, and provide a link from it to the published article on the Springer Nature website. This policy complements the policies of the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and other research funding bodies around the world. Springer Nature recognizes the efforts of funding bodies to increase access of the research they fund, and strongly encourages authors to participate in such efforts.

Online presence - reducing publication times

PR uses an online submission system, which allows authors to submit papers via the Web. Speeding up the submission and refereeing process, this system also allows you to view the status of your paper online.

Weekly publication online

New articles in PR, as in all Springer Nature journals, are published weekly online ahead of the archival print issue, ensuring the research is made publicly available and can be cited as soon as possible after acceptance for publication. The online publication is identical to the printed version and is not a preliminary, unedited version, thus maintaining the journal's tradition of excellence and the integrity of the published record.

Supplementary online material

Authors are invited to submit additional supporting material such as data sets or video for publication in the online version of the journal. Online supplementary material makes the most of the Web as a delivery platform and can often give articles greater depth, making them more useful to readers.


Authors who choose to publish in any Springer Nature journal can be assured that its staff's publishing, editorial and production skills are committed to maintaining the highest possible quality and standards.

Exposure - widest possible readership

All Springer Nature journals including PR, are available online via site licenses to academic, corporate and government institutions and consortia. Journals are available to members of these institutions at the click of a mouse, adding speed and visibility to authors' research papers.

Regular free e-mail alerts

Content published in PR has the potential to reach scientists around the world who have signed up for Springer Nature's free table of contents e-alerts, ensuring additional exposure to authors. These e-alerts allow recipients to click through to the full article if they subscribe or work at an institution with a site license, or click through to the article's abstract for other readers.

Focused subject areas on

From immunology to physics, genetics to materials, subject-specific areas provide a focused environment for readers, providing a monthly updated focus for a particular field.

Abstracting and indexing

PR is included in the leading abstracting and indexing services including ISI, MEDLINE, EMBASE and BIOSIS. Extensive reference linking to MEDLINE, ISI, Chemport and others via services such as Crossref and DOI numbers provide seamless online linking between articles and databases.

Media coverage

The Springer Nature press office provides information about exceptionally interesting papers published throughout Springer Nature. More than 2,000 journalists and media organizations worldwide subscribe to the press service, ensuring that papers receive maximum exposure in the world's most important media channels including newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

Extending science further - global collaborations

Springer Nature and PR support some projects aimed at making current research available to a broader community of scientists and practitioners.

All Springer Nature journals, including PR, are in WHO's HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) program, which provides free access to public institutions in developing countries.

PR Open & Self Archiving

Self-archiving and manuscript deposition (green open access)

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository for public release six months after publication. Springer Nature also offers a free, opt-in Manuscript Deposition Service for original research articles in order to help authors fulfill funder and institutional mandates.

Learn more about self-archiving and manuscript deposition.

Open access publication (gold open access)

Upon submission, authors of original research articles can opt to pay an article processing charge (APC) to allow their article to published open access immediately upon publication, if it is accepted. Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.

To facilitate self-archiving Springer Nature deposits open access articles in PubMed Central, Europe PubMed Central, and PubMed Central Canada on publication. Authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server immediately on publication.

Visit our open research site for further information about:

Find out more about open access publishing at Springer Nature:

Compliance with open access mandates

Springer Nature's open access journals allow authors to comply with all funders' open access policies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.

Learn more about open access compliance.

Extend the reach of your paper

We encourage you to take some immediate and simple steps that can help extend the reach and impact of your paper. Learn how you can disseminate your research to your inner circles through the use of social media and online communities by visiting our Author Tips page.

About AAP

Is the AAP version of the article definitive?

No. This is an unedited version of a peer-reviewed manuscript that has been accepted for publication. The manuscript will undergo copyediting, typesetting and a proof review before it is published in its final form. During the production process errors may be discovered which could affect the content, and all legal disclaimers apply.
The paper does have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and therefore it can be referenced as soon as it appears on the Pediatric Research site.

What is the paper's official publication date?

For legal purposes (for example, establishing intellectual property rights), we assume that online publication constitutes public disclosure. But this is for the courts to decide; Springer Nature's role as a publisher is to provide clear documentation of the publication history of a paper, both online and in print.

Must I subscribe to the journal in order to read AAP articles?

Yes. AAP papers are considered published content for this journal. While abstracts are freely available on any Springer Nature journal's website, access to the full-text article requires a paid subscription or a site license.

How does AAP affect the calculation of Impact Factors?

Impact factors are calculated by Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI). At present, Thomson Reuters bases its calculations on the date of print publication alone, so until or unless Thomson Reuters changes its policy, AAP has no effect on Impact Factors.
See the Thomson Reuters site for a full explanation of how impact factors are calculated.

About Digital Object Identifiers

A digital object identifier (DOI) is an international, public, "persistent identifier of intellectual property entities" in the form of a combination of numbers and letters. For Springer Nature content the DOI is assigned to an item of editorial content, providing a unique and persistent identifier for that item. The DOI system is administered by the International DOI Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. CrossRef, a not-for-profit organization, makes the DOI a reference linking standard and enables cross-publisher linking. It also maintains the lookup system for DOIs. Springer Nature is a founding, and board, member of CrossRef.

Can I use the DOI in a reference citation?

Yes. Digital content may be referenced by providing the paper's DOI at the end of the citation. For example:

[Author(s)]. [Title]. Pediatric Research accepted article preview, [publication date]; doi:[DOI].


[Author(s)], ([Year]). [Title]. Pediatric Research [volume], [page(s)]; doi:[DOI].

How can I use a DOI to find a paper?

  • To find a paper on the platform use the paper's DOI as a Search term.
  • To resolve any DOI, go to the DOI System proxy server and enter the paper's DOI.