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CPPP Update: Ringing in a New Year

By Jennifer Verrill Schurman, PhD, Editor

For those of you on SoMe, you will notice that we just dropped our first infographic to highlight a featured article from the December 2020 issue. I am reprinting here for those of you who might have missed it (if this gives you FOMO, get on Twitter and follow us at @CPPP_APAJournal!).

We will be piloting this new feature over 2021, with one featured article selected by the editor of each issue. We hope that this approach will provide a “byte-sized” summary of important findings that will be easier to consume and share widely on SoMe. Let us know what you think!

Also coming up this year are two exciting special issues. First, GEs Nicole Kahhan and Kate Junger are busy pulling together an SI on Parent Interventions that is planned for a June 2021 release. Next up, GEs Amanda Thompson and Rachel Kentor are working toward a September 2021 release date for their SI on Palliative Care. We had a great response to both calls, so I’m excited to see how these issues come together. In that spirit, if you have a great idea for a special issue, reach out! I am starting to plan for 2022, my last year in the Editor role. I want to hear form you on what you would like to see covered before the new Editor takes the helm. And, if you are interested in being the next Editor of CPPP, be watching for the Call for Nominations that will be released soon.

As always, please reach out to me at jschurman@cmh.edu with any thoughts or ideas that you may have for the journal and don’t forget to join us for the Editorial Board meeting at 8 am on April 8th to kick off vSPPAC. All are welcome. We are always interested to hear from our readers, authors, and reviewers on what they want to be seeing and reading in CPPP!



Updates from the Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Editor-in-Chief Tonya Palermo, PhD 

January 2021

Happy new year everyone! My hope for the journal this year is that we can continue to provide timely, constructive, and fair reviews to authors and publish high quality papers reflecting the broad range of pediatric psychology research, within a climate of respect and tolerance.

News and Events
Ana Gutierrez-Colina and Caitlin Murray completed their 2-year terms providing transparent reporting for the journal. We welcome Katelynn Boerner (University of British Columbia) and Anna Hood (University College London) to the JPP editorial team as the new Assistant Editors for Transparent Reporting.

Welcome to our new Social Media Chair Christina Amaro (Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children) who is managing our JPP Twitter Account taking the reins from Marisa Hilliard who originally started our Twitter account in 2017.

We also welcome Co-Chairs for the JPP Student Journal Club: Dana Bakula (Children’s Mercy) and Christina Sharkey (Children’s National Hospital). Dana and Christina organized our first journal club webinar in December with our JPP Student Journal Club. This provided a wonderful opportunity for Michaela Patton (University of Calgary) to discuss her student commentary with Dr. Maria Loades the first author of the feature article and guide a discussion with the group. Our next session is scheduled in late January.

Submission Updates
We had a significant increase in submissions in 2020 ending with 424 submissions. Typically, submissions have hovered around 300/year. This has created challenges in securing reviewers for submissions. I appreciate and thank our dedicated editorial board and ad-hoc reviewers. I also thank Susan Wood (editorial assistant) and our amazing associate editors (Melissa Alderfer, Dean Beebe, Marisa Hilliard, Dave Janicke, Chad Jensen, and Avani Modi) for all stepping up to not only keep us afloat but to help us thrive during this time.

New Instructions: Pilot Intervention Studies
Recognizing the unique aims of pilot intervention studies, we are asking authors to now use the CONSORT extension for all pilot trial submissions. We will be providing more guidance on this later in the year.

COVID-19 Papers
We received 77 submissions from our call for COVID-19. Eight papers have been published for this special series and several more are in queue for publication in 2021. Although we have ended the formal call for papers, we will continue to publish COVID-19 papers as regular submissions to the journal.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Innovative Research in Pediatric Headache
See our new call for papers.Guest Editors: Emily Law, PhD and Mark Connelly, PhD, Submission Deadline: May 1, 2021