Journal of Child Health Care

Journal of Child Health Care

2014 Impact Factor: 0.875
2014 Ranking: 99/119 in Pediatrics | 66/110 in Nursing (SCI) | 63/108 in Nursing (SSCI)
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Professor Bernie Carter University of Central Lancashire, UK
Associate Professor Jennifer Fraser The University of Sydney, Australia
Associate Professor Marco Geraci University of South Carolina, USA
Associate Professor Jean B. Ivey University of Alabama, USA
Professor Helen Langton University of South Wales, UK
Associate Editors
Dr Alina Morawska University of Queensland, Australia
Associate Editor - Statistics
Anna Pearce University of Adelaide, Australia

eISSN: 17412889| ISSN: 13674935|Current volume: 19|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Journal of Child Health Care is now indexed by ISI

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Journal of Child Health Care is a broad ranging, international, professionally-oriented, interdisciplinary and peer reviewed journal. It focuses on issues related to the health and health care of neonates, children, young people and their families, including areas such as illness, disability, complex needs, well-being, quality of life and mental health care in a diverse range of settings. The Journal of Child Health Care publishes original theoretical, empirical and review papers which have application to a wide variety of disciplines.

"As a doctoral student, I’ve really enjoyed the Journal of Child Health Care. The topics span the health – illness spectrum, as well as health care settings. However, my favorite thing about the journal is the variety of research methods that are published. When you are learning the craft of nursing research, it’s great to see such an assortment of methods and to be able to draw from the experts in the field." Candace C. Knight, University of Alabama, USA

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Journal of Child Health Care is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Journal of Child Health Care is now indexed by ISI!

Journal of Child Health Care is a broad ranging, international, professionally-oriented, interdisciplinary and peer reviewed journal. It focuses on issues related to the health and health care of neonates, children, young people and their families, including areas such as illness, disability, complex needs, well-being, quality of life and mental health care in a diverse range of settings. The Journal of Child Health Care publishes original theoretical, empirical and review papers which have application to a wide variety of disciplines.

Journal of Child Health Care sees children as part of the community in which we live and considers health issues arising from it. It develops the skills and knowledge base of professionals who work with children and their families, and promotes partnerships between professionals and families and between different professional groups.

Editorial Committee
Nicola Brown University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Patric Devitt University of Salford, UK
Jane Hunt Bournemouth University, UK
Kevin Power De Montfort University, UK
Edward Purssell Kings College London, UK
Jean Robinson Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
Joan Simons Open University, UK
Lisa M. Vaughn University of Cincinnati, USA
International Editorial Board
Young mee Ahn Inha University, South Korea
Jane Barnsteiner University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kim Benner Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Homewood, AL
Lucy Bray Edge Hill University, UK
Agneta Anderzén Carlsson Centre for Health Care Sciences, Sweden
Franco A. Carnevale McGill University, Canada
Annette Dickinson Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Lucia Endang Hartati Akademi Keperawatan, Indonesia
Rômulo Araujo Fernandes Sao Paulo State University, Brazil
Margaret Fletcher University of The West of England, UK
Karen Ford Royal Hobart Hospital Australia
Linda Franck Univiersity of California, San Fancisco, USA
Susanne Hwiid Klausen Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Debra Jackson University of Technology Western Sydney, Australia
Pat Jackson Allen Yale Univeristy, USA
Steven Kairys Jersey Shore University Medical Center, USA
Anna Karani University of Nairobi, Kenya
Jos Latour Sophia Children's Hospital, The Netherlands
Joan Livesley University of Salford, UK
Kudakwashe Godwill Mapanga University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Linda Milnes University of Leeds, UK
Sarah Neill University of Northampton, UK
Louise Newman Monash University, Australia
Neil Pakenham-Walsh Global Healthcare Information Network, UK
Natalie Parletta University of South Australia, Australia
Kevin Power De Montfort University, UK
Duncan Randall University of Birmingham , UK
Linda M. Richter CYFSD Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Fanny Robichaud University of Quebec in Outaouais, Canada
Judy Rollins New York, USA
Christina Rosmus The Montreal Children's Hospital, Canada
Sheila Santacroce University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Linda Shields James Cook University, Townsville Queensland, Australia
Maja Söderbäck Mälardalen University, Sweden
Elizabeth Stenhouse University of Plymouth, UK
Eric Storch University of South Florida
Sutthiluck Tungulboriboon Khon Kaen University, Thailand
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Journal of Child Health Care is a broad ranging, international, professionally-oriented, interdisciplinary and peer reviewed journal. It focuses on issues related to the health and health care of neonates, children, young people and their families, including areas such as illness, disability, complex needs, well-being, quality of life and mental health care in a diverse range of settings. The Journal of Child Health Care publishes original theoretical, empirical and review papers which have application to a wide variety of disciplines.


    1. Peer review policy

    Journal of Child Health Care operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer?s name is withheld from the author and, the author's name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission

    Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have reviewer?s comments within approximately 6 weeks. In general, Editors will seek advice from two or more expert reviewers about the scientific content and presentation of submitted articles.

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

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    2. Article types

    The Journal of Child Health Care publishes original theoretical, empirical and review papers on child health issues.

    The word limit is a maximum of 4000 words.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Journal of Child Health Care is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne? Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the editorial office at and clearly indicate in the subject of your email that your enquiry relates to the Journal of Child Health Care.

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor?s Publishing Agreement. SAGE?s Journal Contributor?s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Journal of Child Health Care and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Journal of Child Health Care does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    When relevant, please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading 'Declaration of Conflicting Interests'.

    When making a declaration, the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    Please acknowledge the name(s) of any medical writers who contributed to your article. With multiple authors, please indicate whether contributions were equal, or indicate who contributed what to the article.

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    6. Other conventions

    6.1 Informed consent

    Submitted manuscripts should be arranged according to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals". The full document is available at When submitting a paper, the author should always make a full statement to the Editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work.

    Ethical considerations: All research on human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate research body in accordance with national requirements and must conform to the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki (http:/ as well as to the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects and the International Guidelines for Ethical Review for Epidemiological Studies (http:/ An appropriate statement about ethical considerations, if applicable, should be included in the methods section of the paper.

    6.2 Ethics

    When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements? section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Journal of Child Health Care additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, DOCX, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below. Ensure that any tables, figures or images are submitted in separate files, and are clearly labelled.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Journal of Child Health Care conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style

    Journal of Child Health Care adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you?ve done this, open EndNote and choose ?Select Another Style...? from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. The word limit is a maximum of 4000 words. This will be rigorously adhered to and papers which are over the word limit will be returned to the authors for revision. The word limit of 4000 words includes all elements of the manuscript including main text, references and all tables and figures. The abstract, title and key words are not included in the word limit.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE?s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. The limit for the abstract is 200 words; this does not include key words. The limit for the title of the paper is 15 words. The range for the number of key words is between four and ten key words. These key words should identify the paper's subject, purpose, method and focus. The key words should appear in alphabetical order.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE?s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article. The limit for the number of tables/figures/illustrations is a total of 4. If further figures/tables/illustrations are needed, then these can be submitted for consideration as supplementary files. Supplementary files will only be available via the online version of the paper and will not appear in the print version. All Tables/Figures/Illustrations should be uploaded as separate and individual files.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE?s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files. In some instances, the Editor may suggest that lengthy materials submitted as text may be better suited to be hosted online only.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Journal of Child Health Care with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE?s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet. Journal of Child Health Care offers OnlineFirst.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office at

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