Journal Updates

Journal of Pediatric Psychology highlights

We are asking authors to discuss “lessons learned” from their experiences in the field of pediatric psychology.

By Grayson N. Holmbeck, PhD

By the time you read this, the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP) will have published the first issue from our editorial team (Issue #1, 2013). It includes my editorial, which details 12 goals for JPP for the next five years, Tonya Palermo’s editorial, which provides new guidelines for publishing systematic review articles, and Phyllis Magrab’s paper from the reactivated series, "Pioneers in Pediatric Psychology." With respect to the Pioneer papers, let us know if you have ideas for authors who would be ideal for this ongoing series. We are asking authors to discuss “lessons learned” from their experiences in the field of pediatric psychology and how some of their experiences were interwoven with the historical development of the field.

New Opportunity for Authors

As discussed in Dr. Palermo’s editorial, we will now support “Topical Reviews,” meant to be brief up-to-date reviews of the latest hot topics in our field. These reviews may present areas that are still developing rapidly that provide an indication of the field’s future direction. These papers will be limited to 2,000 words. We look forward to receiving submissions written in this format. More generally, instructions for preparing systematic reviews and topical reviews are now posted on our website.

2012 in Review

We received 329 new submissions, which represent a 12 percent increase. The average time to a first editorial decision was 28.4 days, with a rejection rate of roughly 70 percent.

Special Issues

We are working on two special issues (submission deadlines have passed); one focuses on Adherence (edited by Lori Stark), the other focuses on Innovative Treatment and Prevention Programs for Pediatric Overweight and Obesity (edited by David Janicke and Ric Steele).

We are also working on two other special issues where we have invited papers from targeted authors. One focuses on evidence-based interventions (edited by Tonya Palermo), a follow-up to an earlier special issue on this topic and will help to inform Division 54’s evidence-based website. The other issue targets new statistical applications in Pediatric Psychology (edited by Bryan Karazsia and Kris Berlin).

We developed a set of assessment resource sheets based on JPP’s 2008 special issue on evidence-based assessment.

I want to thank the associate editors for their superb work in 2012 (Dean Beebe, John Lavigne, Tonya Palermo, Lori Stark, Ric Steele, and Tim Wysocki) and Susan Wood for her excellent work as the editorial assistant for the journal.

For any type of manuscript, follow the instructions to authors, then submit your papers. Also, I call your attention to a website feature that lists JPP papers by topic.

I look forward to serving you.