Archives of Disease in Childhood - our journal

The College's scientific publication is one of the leading paediatric journals in the world. A peer-reviewed journal, ADC focuses on all aspects of child health and disease from the perinatal period to adolescence. Its Education and Practice edition can help paediatricians in their ongoing professional development, and its Fetal and Neonatal edition brings together quality research and reviews.

About the journal

As an official journal of the RCPCH, ADC provides paediatricians with the most recent, relevant and original research reports, commentaries, clinical and policy reviews and education. It aims to enhance child health through training, advocacy and the promotion and dissemination of high quality research. It is unafraid to challenge dogma and it articulates viewpoints with passion, warmth and wit.

ADC also has a podcast channel, featuring a regular rotation of editor highlights, coverage of specific articles and interviews with authors and specialists. You can listen to the ADC Podcast on Podbean - and find on most podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

How to access online

As one of our membership benefits, each RCPCH member has online access to the ADC journal, which is hosted on the BMJ website.

To read ADC online, you can log in with your RCPCH account:

  • Go to ADC website login
  • Select Log in via RCPCH
  • Log in to your RCPCH account as usual - with your RCPCH number (membership number) and password
  • You should be redirected to the ADC website to access articles - you'll see a note, 'Viewing from: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health'
  • From this website, you'll also see links to ADC in the Quick links menu and on our Journals web page

If you have problems accessing content once logged in, contact BMJ customer services on +44 (0)207 1111 105 or email

How to subscribe to print editions

Some members may wish to subscribe to get print editions by post. This is available to members at a significant discount of £35 per year. 

To add this subscription to your membership, contact our Member Services team on Please include your RCPCH number. 

Sign up for email alerts

Stay up to date with the latest articles. Subscribers can now sign up to receive email alerts from ADC and other BMJ journals.