Author Guidelines: Consultant for Pediatricians

Consultant for Pediatricians is a digital-only resource that is part of the Consultant family. Our goal is to provide practical, evidence-based information on various issues in pediatrics in a visually engaging and concise format for busy practitioners. In addition to industry news, we publish peer-reviewed case reports, diagnostic quizzes, and expert perspectives.

Submitting a Manuscript

All submissions should be sent to

Case reports. At approximately 1000 words in length, case reports are succinct image-based vignettes of a particular condition. They should have instructional value and highlight the key points of the condition (eg, an unusual finding or a noteworthy treatment).

Case reports should include the following information:

  • The patient’s sex, age, and other relevant details
  • Pertinent facts in the patient’s history
  • The presenting signs and symptoms
  • The diagnostic tests performed and their findings
  • A discussion of the process of differential diagnosis
  • The potential approaches to management, along with a description of which treatment was chosen for the patient and why others were excluded
  • Prognosis and long-term follow-up
  • The outcome of the patient’s case

All submitted case reports must be original. Although you may have written previously about the same subject, the manuscript submitted to Consultant for Pediatricians should be substantially different.

A complete submission includes the following:

  • Blinded manuscript
  • Title page
  • Completed author disclosure forms
  • Photographs, radiographic images, and other graphics
  • Patient or parent/guardian consent form (if applicable)

Blinded manuscript. Each submission undergoes double-blinded peer review. Do not include author’s names, affiliations, or contact information in the manuscript. Instead, include this information in a separate title page.

Title page. Include the mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the corresponding author, as well as the full names, credentials, and affiliations of each coauthor.

Author disclosure forms. Before a manuscript undergoes peer review, the editors must be sure that the authors have disclosed any potential financial or other conflicts of interest related to the manuscript’s contents. Each author must submit a completed disclosure form, and the lead author must sumbit a completed copyright transfer form, which can be submitted via email as a scanned PDF document or sent via fax.

Clinical images. Please submit clinical images and other graphics in separate JPG, TIFF, or PNG files of the highest resolution possible. All graphics should be numbered in sequence, and each should include legends (if necessary) and a caption.

If any materials included with the manuscript have originally been published elsewhere, please include written documentation that you have obtained permission from the copyright holder to republish or adapt these items.

Patient or parent/guardian consent form. If your submission includes photographs in which the patient might be identifiable, obtain written permission in a signed consent form from the patient (or, if the patient is a minor, the patient’s parent or guardian) and include a copy with your submission.

Peer review. All manuscript submissions undergo double-blinded peer review. All manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that they have been submitted to Consultant for Pediatricians only and have not been published, submitted simultaneously, or accepted for publication elsewhere.

In general, the corresponding author will be notified of the peer-review panel’s decision to accept or reject the manuscript, or to request revision and resubmission, within 6 to 8 weeks of initial submission.