An open letter to YPHSIG members from the Archives of Disease in Childhood
Dear YPHSIG member
You may be aware that we at Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC) are keen to publish more material relevant to Young People. The journal’s strapline is ‘...conception to adolescence’. This message is going to all YPHSIG members for two reasons.
Firstly, I am delighted to announce that we have a new Associate Editor specifically with an Adolescent Medicine portfolio. (Hitherto it has just been part of my general paediatrics remit). He is Donald Payne from Perth, Western Australia, and many of you will know of his work in this field.
Secondly, we are asking for your help: as a direct consequence of the gratifyingly increased number of submissions in this area, we need more peer-reviewers. At present our small group of reviewers, to whom we are very grateful, are becoming rather over-stretched. To be a peer-reviewer, you do not need to be an academic or even actively involved in research. You simply need to have some knowledge of research methods and to be able to read a paper critically. Reviewers do not need to be paediatricians: many of our submissions have a nursing or psychology background, and reviewers from these and other disciplines would be welcome. Editors can give guidance to new reviewers.
Finally, if you are active in research, then please consider ADC when you are submitting papers. Clearly we cannot make any promises about acceptance, as we cannot lower our standards just because a paper concerns adolescents, but I can promise that a paper will not be rejected just because in concerns young people above the conventional ‘paediatric’ age range.