Three years have passed since the first issue of Pediatric Annals was published, and the time has come to review our efforts and look forward to the future of the publication.
In our first editorial, we questioned the need for a new pediatric magazine. There were at that time three primary magazines - Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Diseases of Children. All three of these magazines contained an assortment of articles in each issue. Among these were original articles on advances in pediatrics; observations of interesting conditions, including newly discovered syndromes; unusual roentgenograms; reviews of new books; and occasionally an article summarizing the literature to date on a particular subject. Also, there were several small trade magazines and two newspapers, each presenting a wide variety of pediatric subjects gathered from meetings, news agencies, and foreign literature and offered in short abstract form.
All of these were and still are of great value to the pediatrician. But there was undoubtedly an important lack - a high-quality monthly magazine aimed at the practicing pediatrician and dedicated to continuing pediatric education. This magazine would concentrate on a complete and up-to-date review of an important subject in one or two issues.
It was an inviting challenge that we decided to attempt. It was realized, however, that to produce a superior and medically recognized magazine, there were several major steps to be taken.
First, there had to be an active consulting Editorial Board to assume the responsibility for maintaining the highest standards of modern pediatric education. This Board should be attuned to the needs of the practicing pediatrician, but should contain some academic professors well known for their writings and their ability to teach. A selected number of persons were approached. When the purpose of the publication was explained, all readily agreed to become members of the Board. At present, the Board consists of five practicing pediatricians, five full-time professors of pediatics, one pediatric gynecologist, one pediatrician who has distinguished himself in the field of public health, and one outstanding nurse who has devoted herself to the emotional needs of the hospitalized child. It is of interest to note that three former presidents of the American Academy of Pediatrics are on the Board.
The Board members are active participants in assuring the quality of the magazine. Before any issue of Pediatric Annals is finally accepted for publication, each article is critically read by two members of the board as well as by the Editorial Director. Each of them not only checks the articles for clarity but also assures that the material is up to date, complete, and not clouded by unnecessary scientific inclusions.
These members of the Board, through their careful reviewing of the articles and their constructive criticisms, have been invaluable in making the magazine what it is today.
The second step to be taken in publishing a superior magazine was to obtain outstanding educators and scientists as guest editors and contributors. Almost all who were approached accepted readily and enthusiastically. The list of our nationally recognized guest editors and contributors attests to their acceptance of the magazine as an important agent of pediatric education.
A third step, aimed at securing a scientifically recognized publication, has been in the careful screening of all advertising before publication. On several occasions, ads have been returned because claims for a product were not backed by acceptable references.
From the very outset. Pediatric Annals was warmly received, and a large number of pediatricians have been filing each issue in their libraries. Medical libraries have asked that they be placed on our mailing list, and foreign pediatricians, who do not receive the magazine routinely, have paid for subscriptions.
It has proved to be an exciting and worthwhile venture, and we expect to continue publication of PEDIATRIC ANNALS as a primary source of continuing pediatric education.
The subjects to be covered in the next year include Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, Child Abuse, Prevention of Neonatal Morbidity, Orthopedics During Infancy and Childhood, Pediatric Neurology ?, Modern Immunology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy.