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ESPE Classification of Paediatric Endocrine Diagnoses (pdf) (717kb)

Hormone Research in Paediatrics, has become the leading Journal in the field of paediatric endocrinology.

The Journal shares the mission of "improving care of children with endocrine diseases by promoting knowledge and research" with the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE), and, since 1989, has become the official Journal of ESPE.

Since its foundation in 1970 as "Hormones" by M. Marois, the Journal has been successfully run by a series of outstanding Pediatric Endocrinologists such as Jurg Girard who changed the title into "Hormone Research", Michael Ranke, and finally Paul Czernichow who has recently introduced the title of "Hormone Research in Paediatrics" to focus the interest of authors and readers on this so flourishing and fascinating field of research. The legacy left by my predecessors and especially by Paul Czernichow, who has given a tremendous boost to the worldwide reputation of the Journal, is extremely challenging. Nevertheless, I am convinced that a Journal is a dynamic tool of knowledge, primarily made by the readers who actively contribute not only with their submissions but also with comments and suggestions.

Hormone Research in Paediatrics has undergone a number of changes. A few typographical changes have been introduced in the first issue of 2014 with the aim of making the cover more attractive and the index of contents more easily readable. A little step forward to an easier usability of the papers will be the open access to the article selected as the Editor's choice, besides the already open access to the mini-reviews. These and future further changes have the objective to make Hormone Research in Pediatrics an essential tool in your hands to keep up to date, refine scientific and clinical skills, and contribute to the dissemination of PedEndo knowledge.

Improved electronic communication and on-line services such as online submission and fast peer review provide authors with a high quality service and greatly improve and shorten the review process. The time elapsing from submission to first decision and from paper acceptance to online publication is now equal to that of the most prestigious endocrine and paediatric journals.

As Editor-in-Chief, I am working with an outstanding Associate Editors' Board of respected colleagues from different countries and expertises: Faisal Ahmed (United Kingdom), Alicia Belgorosky (Argentina), Mehul Dattani (United Kingdom), Olaf Hiort (Germany), Lourdes Ibanez (Spain), Primus Mullis (Switzerland), Moshe Phillip (Israel), Michel Polak (France), Paul Saenger (United States), Olle Soder (Sweden), Raimo Voutilainen (Finland), Jan-Maarten Wit (Netherlands).

I and all Associate Editors are ready to take up the challenge of improving the journal quality by a rigorous selection of articles and invited minireviews, giving priority to the contributions that advocate change in or illuminate clinical practice. This ambitious goal cannot be achieved without the involvement of each single ESPE member who should recognize the value of reading, citing and publishing in Hormone Research in Paediatrics. The journal is mainly made by the readers who drive the publication policy with their feedback and contributions. I strongly encourage you to directly contact me or any Associate Editor whenever you have proposals for improving the quality and circulation of our Journal.

The Publisher, the Editorial Board, the Associate Editors and I look forward to having you join us on the road ahead.

Stefano Cianfarani