World Journal of Pediatric Surgery (WJPS) strives to become one of the most credible, authoritative resources publishing significant findings and cutting-edge results in pediatric surgery. WJPS publishes high-quality original research, reviews, case reports and perspectives related to all aspects of pediatric surgery.
The journal is particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies including, but not limited to, minimally invasive techniques, robotic surgery, molecular imaging, precision surgery, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, new materials and medical instruments.
World Journal of Pediatric Surgery adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.
We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately.
As an open access journal, World Journal of Pediatric Surgery adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content and authors retain copyright; please refer to the the World Journal of Pediatric Surgery Copyright Author Licence Statement.
As the author you may wish to post your article in a PrePrint service, institutional or subject repository or a scientific social sharing network. For more information on author self archiving and rights to reuse content – which are dependent on the licence you have obtained – please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page.
Articles submitted to World Journal of Pediatric Surgery are subject to peer review. The journal operates single blind peer review whereby the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author; this is the traditional method of reviewing and is the most common. Peer review is managed by the editorial team rather than BMJ or Zhejiang University Children’s Hospital or Zhejiang University Press to ensure absolute editorial freedom of the journal. When a paper has been submitted from the Editor, Deputy or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process. This also applies to any Associate Editors who are authors, in which instance the reviewing process is handled by the Editor in Chief. For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – your papers journey.
BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer-review process in research publication; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.
BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.
Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.
Article publishing charges
World Journal of Pediatric Surgery is an open access journal that does not levy an Article Publishing Charge (APC). There are no submission, colour or page charges.
For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.
World Journal of Pediatric Surgery mandates ORCID iDs for the submitting author at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCID iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community.
Please find more information about ORCID and BMJ’s policy on our Author Hub.
World Journal of Pediatric Surgery adheres to BMJ’s Tier 3 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page.
Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.
For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process. You may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.
If your article is accepted you can take advantage of BMJ’s partnership with Kudos, a free service to help you maximise your article’s reach.
Original research papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.
Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.
World Journal of Pediatric Surgery welcomes editorials. The purpose of an editorial is to provide a novel perspective on a clinically-relevant issue. We welcome suggestions for possible topics and authors.
Word count: 1500 words
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or figure
References: should not normally exceed 25
Reviews are balanced accounts of all aspects of a particular subject including the pros and cons of any contentious or uncertain aspect. Although these are usually commissioned, authors are invited to discuss possible topics directly with the Editor-in-Chief.
Word count: up to 5000 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 6 tables and/or figures
References: up to 5
The editor encourages submissions of important and topical observations or original exploratory research as a letter to the editor.
Word count: up to 500 words
Abstract: not required
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 4
Case reports need to show either an unusual clinical development, and/or a new insight into a well recognised clinical problem. A case report needs to have an educational message and must provide evidence of how the case contributes to our understanding of the condition/treatment.
Summary: up to 150 words
Word count: up to 1000 words
References: up to 10
Images and multimedia files are encouraged
Topics suitable for presentation for brief reports include single case reports which illustrate important new phenomena, or reports of short, original research studies.
Word count: no more than 1500 words
Abstract: structured, 200 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to one of each
References: should not normally exceed 15
Commentaries are opinion based papers underpinned by reference to published literature. They are usually commissioned by the Editor. Authors wishing to submit a commentary are advised to seek the advice of the Editor in advance. We encourage suggestions that focus on current controversies or rapidly developing areas of research.
Word count: 3000 words maximum
Tables/Illustrations: should not normally exceed 3
References: should not normally exceed 25
The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:
- The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
- The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
- The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
- A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.
In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.
For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.
When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.
- Journal in which you would like the supplement published
- Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
- Date of meeting on which it is based
- Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
- An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
- Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
- An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate