Article Guidelines

The UCL Child Health Open Research online submission system will be opened later in year. In the meantime, we are accepting submissions offline. To submit your article, please email the text and figure files to

UCL Child Health Open Research publishes different article types in all areas of child health from researchers at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) and across UCL.

Please review the details of UCL Child Health Open Research's post-publication peer review model and our policies before you submit.

Manuscripts can be submitted as Word (DOC or DOCX) or rich text format (RTF) files only. If you have any questions about suitable file formats, please email

We aim to make this process easy for authors and, where possible, offer some flexibility in terms of formats and structure. Specific requirements do apply to some article types, however; please choose from the article type-specific guidelines below.

The editorial team will advise on data deposition, as necessary.

Research Articles

Research Articles should present original findings, such as results of basic and translational research, clinical and epidemiologic studies, or clinical trials, as well as qualitative and observational research relating to any area of child health research. Null and negative findings and reanalyses of previous studies leading to new results, as well as confirmatory results, are encouraged.

Method Articles

Method Articles describe new experimental, observational, or computational methods, or tests/procedures in basic, translational or applied research, and should have been well tested. This includes new study methods, substantive modifications to existing methods or innovative applications of existing methods to new models or research questions. We welcome technical articles that describe tools that facilitate the design or performance of experiments, provide data analysis features or assist medical treatment such as drug delivery devices.

Study Protocols

Study Protocols describe in detail any study design, including (but not limited to) experimental design of basic, translational and applied research, epidemiological studies and systematic reviews. All protocols for randomised clinical trials must be registered and follow the SPIRIT reporting guidelines; ethical approval for the study must have been already granted. Protocols for Systematic Reviews should also be registered prospectively. Study pre-protocols (i.e. discussing provisional study designs) may also be submitted and will be clearly labelled as such when published. Study Protocols for pilot and feasibility studies are also considered.

Systematic Reviews

Systematic Reviews should usually be based on medical interventions, animal model studies, humanities or social sciences studies. Systematic Reviews should deal with a clearly formulated question and use systematic and explicit methods to identify, select, and critically assess the relevant research. Systematic Reviews should be written following the PRISMA reporting guidelines.

Software Tool Articles

Software Tool Articles describe new software tools. They should include the rationale for the development of the tool and details of the code used for its construction. The article should provide examples of suitable input data sets and include an example of the output that can be expected from the tool and how this output should be interpreted.

Clinical Practice Articles

Clinical Practice Articles describe case series (i.e. group or series of case reports involving patients who were given similar treatment), but should not be based on a single case (single cases are published as Case Reports).

Research Notes

Research Notes include single-finding papers that can be reported with one or two illustrations (figures/tables), descriptions of unexpected observations, and lab protocols.

Data Notes

Data Notes are brief descriptions of research datasets that include details of why and how the data were created; they do not include any analyses or conclusions.

Case Reports

A Case Report must present an original medical case, providing adequate detail of a single patient. It does not need to describe an especially novel or unusual case as there is benefit from collecting details of many standard cases.

Open Letters

Open Letters are short, peer-reviewed articles discussing policies relevant to a broad research community, presenting guidelines or white papers, or announcing new initiatives. An Open Letter should usually represent the views of a UCL-affiliated consortium or group of researchers; publication does not imply endorsement by UCL.