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Peer Review Taxonomy

This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.

The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

  • Identity transparency: Single anonymized
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.

Aims and scope

BMC Pediatrics is an open access journal publishing peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of health care in neonates, children and adolescents, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.


Oliver Cocks, BMC

Assistant Editors

Sarah Gray, BMC

Featured Content: December 2021

Pilot study: Fluid handling and blood flow patterns in neonatal respiratory distress syndrome versus transient tachypnea

Neonatal respiratory distress is one of the most common clinical conditions dealt with in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Within the moderate to late preterm group, Respiratory Distress Syndrome was diagnosed in 7.2% of NICU admissions within the Canadian Neonatal Network in 2016. While RDS incidence decreases with increasing gestational age, Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn emerges as the most common underlying cause for respiratory distress in the term and near-term population.

Qualitative study: Parents’ pandemic NICU experience in the United States

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit frequently reported high levels of stress, uncertainty, and decreased parenting confidence. Early research has demonstrated that parents have had less access to their infants in the hospital due to restrictions on parental presence secondary to the pandemic. It is unknown how parents have perceived their experiences in the NICU since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May: Understanding Mental Health

With Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the BMC Series presents a focus issue on ‘Understanding Mental Health’. We have brought together content to highlight research into understanding and improving mental health.


  1. Authors: Yuuka Ishikawa-Omori, Tomoko Nishimura, Atsuko Nakagawa, Akemi Okumura, Taeko Harada, Chikako Nakayasu, Toshiki Iwabuchi, Yuko Amma, Haruka Suzuki, Mohammad Shafiur Rahman, Ryuji Nakahara, Nagahide Takahashi, Yoko Nomura and Kenji J. Tsuchiya

    Content type: Research

  2. Authors: Patricia L. Kohl, Emmanuel A. Gyimah, Jenna Diaz, F. Matthew Kuhlmann, Sherlie Jean-Louis Dulience, Fithi Embaye, Derek S. Brown, Shenyang Guo, Joan L. Luby, Jennifer L. Nicholas, Jay Turner, Melissa Chapnick, Joseline Marhone Pierre, Jacques Boncy, Rony St. Fleur, Maureen M. Black…

    Content type: Study protocol

  1. Authors: Brian J Morris, Jake H Waskett, Joya Banerjee, Richard G Wamai, Aaron AR Tobian, Ronald H Gray, Stefan A Bailis, Robert C Bailey, Jeffrey D Klausner, Robin J Willcourt, Daniel T Halperin, Thomas E Wiswell and Adrian Mindel

    Content type: Debate

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