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.

All Ordinary Members and Fellows receive ADC as a membership benefit. Other members may subscribe at a reduced rate.

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 has continued to develop its podcast series (available on SoundCloud), increased commissioning (new series include 'Voices' from children, quality improvement and health policy), launched online improvements and expanded the global health section, as well as working on the supporting social media channels and groups.

Read print editions

These are posted once each month.

If you do not receive an edition, please contact us on We will liaise with BMJ. This can take up to eight weeks, but will send up to three missed issues.

You can choose to opt out of receiving hard copies if you prefer to read online only. This does not reduce your annual subscription fee.

Read online with your RCPCH account

Go to the ADC website login.

Select Log in via Institution.

ADC website - logging in step 1

Select 'UK Access Management Federation' as location and 'Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health' as institution. You can tick 'Remember this selection'.

ADC website - logging in step 2 - select location (UK) and institution (RCPCH)

Sign in to your RCPCH website account.

Log in to RCPCH - enter RCPCH number and password, then select Log in button

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

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.


As a Junior Member, Associate Member, Senior Member, Senior Fellow or Affiliate Member, you can subscribe to ADC at a reduced cost or £100 per year.

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Opt out

As an Ordinary Member or Fellow, you may opt out of receiving ADC as part of your membership if: