Pediatrics is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the inaugural January 1948 issue, the journal’s first editor-in-chief, Hugh McCulloch, articulated the journal’s vision: “The content of the journal is… intended to encompass the needs of the whole child in his physiologic, mental, emotional, and social structure. The single word, Pediatrics, has been chosen to indicate this catholic intent.”
Pediatrics has been continuously published by the American Academy of Pediatrics since January 1948. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 5.705, ranking it fourth out of 119 journals in the category “Pediatrics”.