Journal of Pediatric Psychology Editor’s 2010 End-of-Year Report

During the past year, our editorial team received 267 submissions (down from last year’s record pace of 318). It should be noted that we have seen an increase in the number of case study/series presentations from four in 2009 to 14 in 2010. The average time to first editorial decision is 27 days. The average time to final manuscript acceptance is five weeks and six to nine months to publication.

Please look for my latest editorial, “How to Write More-Effective, User-Friendly Reviews for JPP” in the January-February 2011 issue. We hope that this will facilitate more effective, targeted reviews that are even more helpful than they are now and less burdensome on authors. Also, readers will be interested in the “Special Section on the Health Care Transitions of Adolescents and Young Adults with Pediatric Chronic Conditions,” edited by Lisa Schwartz and Ahna Pai, which will be published in the March 2011 issue.

The article, “Mentoring Reviewers: The Journal of Pediatric Psychology Experience,” by Yelena Wu et al., is now available on Advance Access and should be of special interest to participants in our mentoring program.

We hope that readers will take note of three new calls for papers: 1) Families, Culture, and Health Outcomes edited by Elizabeth McQuaid and Lamia Barakat, manuscripts due June 1, 2011; 2) Research Training and Mentoring in Pediatric Psychology managed by Dennis Drotar and JPP Managing Editors, due June 1, 2011; and 3) Central Nervous System Disorders edited by Dennis Drotar, Glen Aylward, and JPP Managing Editors, due July 1, 2011.

I want to give a special thanks to our editorial board members, reviewer panel, program mentees and mentors, and ad hoc reviewers for your excellent contributions. They are much appreciated!

New JPP Editor

Grayson Holmbeck, PhDGrayson Holmbeck, PhD has been selected as the new editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, effective January 1, 2012. He succeeds Denny Drotar, PhD, whose terms as editor ends December 2011. Holmbeck is a professor and director of Clinical Training in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. He currently serves as an associate editor for JPP.