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Call for Letters of Intent: Special Journal Supplement in Pediatrics


We are pleased to announce plans for a special journal supplement in Pediatrics, currently under preparation with leadership from the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) and the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS ATN). The timeline for publication will likely be fall 2015.

SUPPLEMENT EDITORS: We’re delighted to report that Marji Erickson-Warfield and Lonnie Zwaigenbaum have agreed to be co-editors for the 2015 supplement. Marji directs the Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She has spent the majority of her research career evaluating services, programs, and service delivery systems designed to support and promote the development of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities or delays and the adaptation of their families. Recent projects, in collaboration with Karen Kuhlthau, have examined the transition from pediatric to adult health care for youth with ASD and state programs utilizing self-directed models to provide therapeutic and support services to young children with ASD and their families.

Many of us know Lonnie, of course, from his excellent leadership at the Edmonton site and his role as PI of the AIR-P ER Services research study. Lonnie is a developmental pediatrician with a strong program of research in ASD, with a focus on early development and family experience related to ASD. He was a co-investigator on a CIHR-supported qualitative study of family belief systems related to childhood disability, co-PI in two studies addressing interventional effectiveness, and is co-investigator on several studies examining family experiences of ASD. Lonnie also provides leadership as acting co-chair of the Network Steering Committee.

SUPPLEMENT CONTENT: The supplement tentatively will include: a) an overview of the AIR-P network, b) evidence-based guidelines, c) research studies arising from Registry analyses, d) a report from the AIR-B guidelines project, e) reports from AIR-P clinical research studies, and f) reports from CAAI research grantees, including R40s, Healthy Weight-Research Network, and DBPNet.

INTENDED RECIPIENTS OF THIS CALL: Through this call, we invite all interested members of the AIR-P/ATN Network to provide and submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for manuscripts to be considered for publication in the planned 2015 Pediatrics supplement. There is no commitment to publish until final reviews are complete.

PLEASE NOTE: If you currently have a manuscript being reviewed elsewhere and want it to be considered for the supplement, please respond to this call for LOIs.

LOIs should not exceed 2 pages. The LOI should be single-side, single-spaced in Arial or Palatino Linotype typeface and a font size of 11 points. All LOI submissions are required to include the following:
• Manuscript title
• Author name(s)
• Main question(s)
• Abstract/content of paper
• Summary of results
• Implications for practice and policy
• Description of available data
• Identify Reviewers & Conflicts:
- Provide the name and contact information for 2 individuals to serve as potential reviewers for your planned manuscript. Suggested individuals should have no conflicts of interest, and should not have any knowledge of the planned manuscript.
- Provide the name of any individual(s) who may have a conflict so that we don’t invite the individual(s) to review the manuscript.

LOIs must be received, via email, by 5pm ET on Friday, October 17, 2014. Please submit your LOI as a single Word document to the Network Clinical Coordinating Center, Brian Winklosky

For questions related to LOI submission, please contact:
Audrey Wolfe, Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (617) 643-3516

Manuscript submissions are due by 5pm ET on Friday, November 7, 2014. Please carefully review the accompanying timeline and manuscript requirements distributed with this LOI release.