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Author Guidelines

International Pediatrics provides an international forum for the publication of original clinical articles on important topics in the field of pediatrics and review articles on major areas of concern to pediatricians. Acceptance of papers is based upon the originality of the observation or investigation, the quality of the work described and the clarity of the presentation.

Categories of Manuscripts

Review Articles

Review articles on topics of broad interest are highly desired. Review articles are expected to be thorough, detailed, and should include appropriate references to the literature. The addition of tables and figures to summarize critical points is encouraged. These articles are reviewed by the Editors and other expert reviewers before a decision regarding publication is made. Revisions may be required. Review articles will be accepted for publication based on their educational value and clarity.

Clinical Articles

Short, highly focused articles that review topics related to therapy, diagnosis or other clinical issues in pediatrics may be submitted for review and consideration for publication. These articles may be invited by the Editor-In-Chief, Section Editors, or submitted directly by authors.


Concise, invited, commentaries on articles published in International Pediatrics or other topics in pediatrics.


Letters to the Editor are welcomed and will be published if appropriate. In addition to comments on published articles, authors should consider submitting short commentaries on topics of general interest to pediatricians and case reports that are particularly instructive. Letters should be no longer than three double-spaced pages, including references.

Manuscript Submission and Handling

Manuscripts and correspondence to International Pediatrics should be sent to:

International Pediatrics
3100 Southwest 62nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155-3009

Telephone: (305) 663-6823, Facsimile: (305) 663-8446, E-mail: journal@mch.com.

Manuscripts — including tables, illustrations, and references — should be prepared according to "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journal."1,2 Only information not included in the uniform requirements will be included in the instructions that follow.

Grammar, punctuation, and scientific writing style should follow the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 9th Edition.3 Please use conventional system measurements followed in parentheses by equivalent values of the International System of Units (SI).1 Generally, abbreviations should be limited to those listed in Chapter 11 of the AMA Manual of Style, 9th edition.3

Submit the original and two copies of all text, and two complete sets of figures and tables. Communication regarding the manuscript should be directed to the address above. All manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editors, members of the Editorial Board, or other expert reviewers. After review, authors will be notified by letter of the decision to accept or reject the manuscript for publication. Authors may be requested to submit a revised version of the manuscript for further review. Manuscripts will not be returned to the authors, although figures will be returned if requested. Authors must provide the final version of the manuscript on a diskette in a common word-processing format.

All material in International Pediatrics represents the opinions of the authors and does not reflect the opinions of International Pediatrics, Miami Children’s Hospital, or the institutions with which the authors are affiliated. Authors submitting manuscripts do so with the understanding that if accepted, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to Miami Children’s Hospital.

Organization of the Manuscript

Organize submitted manuscripts as follows: Cover Letter, Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References, Tables, Figure Legends and Figures. The manuscripts should be on white paper with one-inch margins.

Cover Letter. Please identify the name, address, phone number and facsimile number of the Corresponding Author. Specify the category to which the manuscript should be assigned, if accepted. The categories are: Review Article, Clinical Article, Editorial and Letter to the Editor.

Abstract. The abstract should contain 150 words or less stating the rationale, objectives, findings, and conclusions of the study. Do not include a summary at the end of the Discussion.

Acknowledgments. Grant support should not be included but should be cited as a footnote to the title.

References. Include double-spaced references in numerical order according to the order of citation in the text. Abbreviate the names of journals according to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus, Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. References to abstracts and letters must be appropriately identified.

Examples of References

Journal articles, more than six authors:

  1. Nourse J, Melletin JD, Galili N, et al. Chromosomal translocation t(1;19) results in synthesis of a homeobox fusion mRNA that codes for a potential chimeric transcription factor. Cell. 1990;60:535-541. (If less than seven, list all authors.)
  2. References to books:

  3. Hollins D. Biochemistry in Pediatrics. 2d ed. Miami, Fla: CA Anderson Co: 1994.
  4. DeSoto JC, Kalinski IAM. Trends in the utilization of immunizations in children. In: Catalina B, ed. Influenza: Virus, Vaccines, and Treatment. London, England: Easton Press Inc; 1976:445-566.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations, including acronyms, should be defined at their first use and applied consistently throughout the article. Do not use nonstandard abbreviations or abbreviate terms appearing fewer than three times. Use the chemical name of all compounds. Abbreviate units of measure only when used with numbers.

Tables. Each table should be printed or typed on a separate page, appropriately numbered, and cited in numerical order in the text. Legends giving sufficient explanation to make the data intelligible without reference to the text must be typed on the same page.

Figures and Figure Legends. Figures must be cited in the text in numerical order using Arabic numerals. Submit two complete sets of clear, glossy, black and white photographs. For line drawings, either a single set of photographs with two sets of copies, or three sets of high quality laser figures are acceptable. Figure legends should be double-spaced on a separate sheet, and should include a brief title and a concise explanation of each figure.


Authors of accepted manuscripts will receive galley proof and are responsible for proofreading. Except for correcting typesetting errors, authors may be charged for extensive alterations. Galley proofs should be returned within 48 hours to avoid delay in publication.


Reprints must be ordered in advance. An order form showing the cost of reprints is sent directly with page proofs. Reprint orders, payments, and inquires should be directed to the Publisher.


  1. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication. Nov 2003. Available at: http://www.icmje.org.
  2. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. N Engl J Med. 1997;336(4):309-15.
  3. Iverson C, Dan BB, Glitman P, et al. American Medical Association Manual of Style. 9th ed. Baltimore, Md:Williams and Wilkins; 1998.


Updated: 2017


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