Journal Information

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Aims and scope of journal

Pediatric Research publishes original translational research papers, invited reviews, and commentaries on the etiologies and treatment of diseases of children and disorders of development, extending from basic science to epidemiology and quality improvement.

Topic Areas
Adolescent Medicine, Allergy, Anesthesia, Behavior, Bioethics/Palliative Care, Cardiology, Cardiometabolic Disorders, Controversies, Critical Care, Development, Developmental Biology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Fetus & Pregnancy, Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics, Genetics & Epigenetics, Health Equity, Health Services Research, Hematology, Hyperbilirubinemia, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Kawasaki Disease, Microbiome, Neonatal Neurology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neuroimaging, Neurology, Nutrition, Obesity, Oncology, Patient Safety, Pharmacology, Precision Medicine, Public Health, Pulmonology, Quality Improvement, Regenerative Biology, Rheumatology, Stem Cells, Substance Abuse, Transplantation, Toxicology.

Pediatric Research's mission statement

Optimize children's health by publishing and communicating peer reviewed science and to foster the development of future pediatric researchers.

Journal metrics

The 2021 journal citation metrics for Pediatric Research are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor* (2021): 3.953
5-year Impact Factor* (2021): 4.150
Immediacy index*: 0.798
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.01565
Article influence score*: 1.091
JCR Rank*: PEDIATRICS 25/130
Journal Citation Indicator*: 1.26

SNIP: 1.352
SJR: 9.991
5,203,731 Downloads (in 2021)
6,405 Altmetric mentions (2021)

*2021 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)

Abstracted/indexed in

British Library
Copyright Clearance Center
GNM Healthcare
Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science)


The international standard serial number (ISSN) for Pediatric Research is 0031-3998 and the electronic international standard serial number (eISSN) is 1530-0447.   

Benefits of publishing with PR

  • We are the official publication of the American Pediatric Society, the European Society for Paediatric Research, and the Society for Pediatric Research.
  • We publish original translational research papers, invited reviews, and commentaries on the etiologies and treatment of diseases of children and disorders of development, extending from basic science to epidemiology and quality improvement.
  • We have an established reputation built up over 50 years with wide visibility on and in print.

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.

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.

Daily publication online

New articles in PR, as in all Springer Nature journals, are published daily 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 a preliminary, unedited version, available on average less than a week after receipt by production.

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.


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