Developmental Psychobiology

Cover image for Vol. 58 Issue 4

Edited By: George F. Michel

Impact Factor: 3.307

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 13/41 (Developmental Biology); 18/76 (Psychology)

Online ISSN: 1098-2302

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Manuscript Submission


All manuscripts must be submitted online via Scholar One Manuscripts ( ).  If authors need assistance with Scholar One Manuscripts, please click on the ‘Get Help Now’ in the top-right corner of the previous website’s login page.

Authors should feel free to provide the names and affiliations of potential reviewers; however the actual choice of reviewers will be made by the editors of the journal. Papers may not be submitted simultaneously to or have been published previously in another journal except as abstracts or brief, preliminary reports.

The use of animal subjects. Submissions to Developmental Psychobiology that involve animal subjects must be accompanied by a statement certifying the standards that were followed in the care and use of the animal subjects. Appropriate standards include conformity with local, state, and national laws and regulations such as the local Institutional Care and Use Committee and, at the national level for the United States, the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (HHS publication 85-23, 1985 or subsequent revisions). This information will be considered as part of the peer-review. Only investigations that have followed high standards for the care and use of animal subjects will be published in Developmental Psychobiology.

Submission Requirements

Authors should follow a clear, concise style, presenting the material as economically as possible.  American English spelling is preferred. The journal's copyeditors will correct non-American English spelling in accordance with journal style. Articles should be in Times New Roman #12 font and double-spaced throughout with a one inch margin all around.  In addition, submissions should include tables, figures, and other illustrations for clarity presented at the end of the manuscript.  The online version can include video and audio files.  All pages should be numbered serially, including the tables, beginning with the title page.

Research reports generally should follow format and organization as provided in the APA publication manual, sixth edition.  Submissions should include a cover letter and be divided into the following sections: Abstract (no heading required), Introduction (no heading required), Methods, Results, Discussion, Notes (if applicable), References, Tables, Figures, and Captions (for figures). The name, address, and telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author should be typed at the bottom of the first page. E-mail addresses should be provided for all authors if possible.

Cover Letter.  The cover letter must state that the manuscript has not been submitted or published at any other journal, the researchers’ compliance with local, state and national regulations for use of animal or human subjects, and anything else the author wishes for the editor to know.  This could be specific questions the author wishes for reviewers to address, or suggestions for reviewers.

Title Page.  The title should be typed on Page 1 of the manuscript, together with the names of the authors* and their complete institutional affiliation. A short, running title of not more than 49 characters (including spaces) suitable for alternate page headings should be typed on a separate, unnumbered page, if the full title exceeds this limitation.

*Authorship should be discussed before an article is written. Contributors meeting the following criteria for authorship, as recommended by recommended by ICMJE, must be listed as authors of the manuscript:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributors who meet fewer than all 4 of the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but acknowledged as per the guidelines ICMJE guidelines for non-author contributors as described here.

Abstract.  The abstract should adequately summarize the paper in no more than 150 words and be typed on Page 2. It should be self-contained without abbreviations or other reliance on the text of the manuscript. In addition, 5–12 descriptive key words (including vernacular name of species used) should be typed directly below the abstract. 

References.  Authors cited in the text should be indicated by family name followed by year of publication (e.g., Lorenz, 1994). When a reference has more than 2 authors, all names should be used in the 1st citation (e.g., Hofer, Brunelli, & Shair, 1993) and only the 1st author on subsequent citation (e.g., Hofer et al., 1993). Where more than one paper by the same author(s) has appeared in one year, the convention is to indicate alphabetically (lower case roman letters) the appropriate articles cited following the year of publication (e.g., Winslow & Insel, 1991a, 1991b). Full journal titles should appear in reference lists and format should follow the style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition, but without the use of italic type.

Language.  English is the accepted language for publication.

Submission of a Brief Report

If an author wishes to submit a brief report, they must adhere to the previously mentioned guidelines, as well as these additional guidelines: 

Brief reports are limited to 3500 words or less in the body of the manuscript (introduction, methods, results, and discussion). Abstract, references, headings and figures/tables are not included it the word count.

Subject headings may or may not be included in the brief report.

Brief reports are restricted to only one figure and no more than 2 tables. If there is no figure, 3 tables may be included.

There are no restrictions on the reference list; however please keep in mind that excessive references are not appropriate even in full reports.

Further Guidelines

Notes.  This section should include all acknowledgments and be typed on a separate page following the Discussion.

Tables.  Each table should be typed on a separate page and numbered (in arabic numerals) consecutively, and paginated with the rest of the manuscript. The approximate point of insertion should be indicated in the text. Table footnotes should be lettered consecutively within each table with superscripts in lower-case roman.

Figures.  Figures should be professionally prepared and submitted in a form suitable for reproduction (as tif or eps format, of resolution 300 dpi or higher). Computer-generated graphs are acceptable.  Captions of figures should not be given on these prints but should be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. The approximate point of insertion should be indicated in the text.  When necessary, dimensional scales should be indicated on all pictures, and on all reproductions of records (e.g., of EEGs).

When you have figures included in your submission, you must submit the images in separate files from the text in its original form.  For example, if an image was originally a .tif file, then it should be submitted as a .tif file separately from the text document.  If your manuscript was eventually accepted, submitting the files as suggested will ensure an image of good quality in your article.  If there is any confusion over this requirement, please contact journal staff for clarification (

Color Artwork.  A limited number of color figures that are of critical importance and that significantly enhance the presentation will be considered for publication at the publisher's expense. The hard copy of the issue will contain only 1-2 color figures; however the electronic version has unlimited color figure capability.  Indeed the online version may also include video and audio files (in mpeg format) referenced in the text to the online version.  Final decision on publication of color figures will be at the discretion of the Editor.

Units of Measurement and Symbols.  Standard International Units (SI) should be used throughout. See APA Publication Manual.

Online Supporting Information.  This journal’s online website can support author-supplied supporting information files, such as additional figures, videos, or tables. This information may further illustrate or clarify the data; however it is not essential to understanding the article. These are only displayed on the journal website, and will not be included in the printed copy of the journal. We can host author-supplied supporting information only as supplied by the author. There are no restrictions on what type of file can be hosted; however we recommend a more highly accessible format, which many readers can view (e.g., doc, xls, ppt, pdf, etc.). There is an individual file size limitation of 50 MB per file. The supporting information files should be submitted along with the manuscript and undergo a full peer-review process. When submitting these additional materials on Manuscript Central, please classify them as Supplementary Material for Review.


No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. If your article is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

-Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
-Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
-Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services: and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Only original papers will be accepted and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication. A copy of that agreement, executed and signed by the author, is now required with each manuscript submission. (If the article is a "work made for hire," the agreement must be signed by the employer.)  The Permission request form can be accessed from this link: Permission request form


Page proofs will be sent to the designated author prior to publication. Authors are requested to return the corrected proofs within 48 hours of receipt. Printer's errors should be noted marginally on all proofs; excessive author alterations will be charged to the author.


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OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Note to NIH Grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see .

If any of these guidelines are not followed, the journal staff may unsubmit the manuscript at their discretion and ask the author to make the necessary changes before consideration for publication. 

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Guidelines for Electronic Submission


Software and format. Microsoft Word v. 6.0 or higher is preferred, although manuscripts prepared with any other microcomputer word processor are acceptable.  Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Aldus PageMaker or Quark XPress. If you prepared your manuscript with one of these programs, export the text to a word processing format. Please make sure your word processing program's "fast save" feature is turned off.  Do not use your word processor's automated features to create footnotes or reference lists. If you use the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word, please be sure to remove all comments, turn off the function, and verify this by viewing the pdf on Manuscript Central before submitting to our journal. 

File names. Submit the text and tables of each manuscript as a single file. Name each file with your last name (up to eight letters). Text files should be given the three-letter extension that identifies the file format. Macintosh users should maintain the MS-DOS "eight dot three" file-naming convention.


All print reproduction requires files for full color images to be in a CMYK color space. If possible, ICC or ColorSync profiles of your output device should accompany all digital image submissions. Artwork submitted electronically should be in TIF or EPS format, of resolution 300 dpi or higher. For optimal artwork reproduction, artwork should be sized to 8.25 cm, 13.3 cm, or 16.5 cm, as appropriate to the content.

Software and format.  All illustration files should be in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats. Do not submit native application formats, and do not embed your graphics in Microsoft Word documents.

Resolution.  Journal quality reproduction will require grayscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 dpi. (Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600-1200 ppi.) These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly. (For optimal artwork reproduction, artwork should be sized to 8.25 cm, 13.3 cm, or 16.5 cm, as appropriate to the content.)

File names.  Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .tif, .eps).


The journal allows supplementary videos to accompany your manuscript on our website. The video can be no larger than 50 MB per file; however you may submit multiple videos.

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