Infant and Child Development

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Edited By: Robin Banerjee and Andrew Bremner

Impact Factor: 1.149

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 57/69 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1522-7219

Author Guidelines

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Basic statement
Effective with the 2011 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission. Infant and Child Development operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Submissions may vary in length, ranging from brief reports (up to 3000 words, not including references) to reports on a sequence of studies (normally up to 8000 words, not including references). Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to Infant and Child Development online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text of your manuscript are .doc and .rtf. Tables and figures (in the form of diagrams, charts, or graphs) may be embedded in the main text file, but photographs, line drawings, and other images should be uploaded as separate .tiff or .eps files.

LATEX USERS: Please upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

Copyright and Permissions

Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the Author must sign, scan and upload to the online system:

  • a Copyright Transfer Agreement with original signature(s) - this agreement transfers copyright in the article from the Author to the publisher, enabling the publisher to disseminate the Author's work to the fullest extent.

  • permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the Author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form .

The Copyright Transfer Form and the Permissions Form should be uploaded as “Supplementary files not for review” with the online submission of your article.

If you do not have access to a scanner, further instructions will be given to you after acceptance of the manuscript.

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.

IMPORTANT : This journal operates a double blind reviewing process whereby the Reviewer is not aware of the Author's identity. In order to facilitate this please follow the instructions below very carefully. Ensure your manuscript text does not contain any direct reference to you or your co-Authors. Upload the main text of your manuscript with the file designation Main Document. The title page in this document should contain just the title and keywords. Upload a secondary title page as a separate document with the file designation Supplementary Material Not for Review. The secondary title page should contain the article title, full names and affiliations of all authors, full address and contact details for the corresponding author, and any acknowledgements.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. Prepare the text using 12-point type in one of the standard fonts (e.g., Times or Arial), with double spacing. Tables must appear be on separate pages after the reference list. Figures in the form of diagrams, charts, and graphs may also be embedded into the text, appearing on separate pages after the Tables. Photographs, line drawings, and other images should be uploaded as separate figures files. Footnotes should be used sparingly, and should appear as endnotes in the submitted manuscript.

  • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .

  • Enter an abstract of up to 200 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

ELocators. This journal now uses eLocators. For more information, please visit the Author Services eLocator page here.

Reference style. The APA system of citing sources should be used in all submissions. Citations should indicates the author’s last name and the date, in parentheses, within the text of the paper.

A. A typical citation of an entire work consists of the author’s name and the year of publication.
Charlotte and Emily Bronte were polar opposites, not only in their personalities but in their sources of inspiration for writing (Taylor, 1990).
Use the last name only in both first and subsequent citations, except when there is more than one author with the same last name. In that case, use the last name and the first initial.

B. If the author is named in the text, only the year is cited.
According to Irene Taylor (1990), the personalities of Charlotte…

C. If both the name of the author and the date are used in the text, parenthetical reference is not necessary.
In a 1989 article, Gould explains Darwin’s most successful………

D. Specific citations of pages or chapters follow the year. Page numbers must be provided for verbatim quotations from the source.
Emily Bronte “expressed increasing hostility for the world of human relationships, whether sexual or social” (Taylor, 1988, p.11).

E. When the reference is to a work by two authors, cite both names each time the reference appears.
Sexual-selection theory often has been used to explore patterns of various insect matings (Alcock & Thornhill, 1983)….Alcock and Thornhill (1983) also demonstrate….

F. When the reference is to a work by three to five authors, cite all the authors the first time the reference appears. In a subsequent reference, use the first author’s last name followed by et al. (meaning “and others”).
Patterns of Byzantine intrigue have long plagued the internal politics of community college administration in Texas (Douglas et al., 1997).

G. When the reference is to a work by six or more authors, use only the first author’s name followed by et al. in the first and all subsequent references. The only exceptions to this rule are when some confusion might result because of similar names or the same author being cited. In that case, cite enough authors so that the distinction is clear.

H. When the reference is to a work by a corporate author, use the name of the organization as the author.
Retired officers retain access to all of the university’s educational and recreational facilities (Columbia University, 1987, p. 54).

I. Personal letters, telephone calls, and other material that cannot be retrieved are not listed in References but are cited in the text.
Jesse Moore (telephone conversation, April 17, 1989) confirmed that the ideas……

J. Parenthetical references may mention more than one work, particularly when ideas have been summarized after drawing from several sources. Multiple citations should be arranged as follows:

  • List two or more works by the same author in order of the date of publication: (Gould, 1987, 1989)

  • Differentiate works by the same author and with the same publication date by adding an identifying letter to each date: (Bloom, 1987a, 1987b)

  • List works by different authors in alphabetical order by last name, and use semicolons to separate the references: (Gould, 1989; Smith, 1983; Tutwiler, 1989).

References list. All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI* for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Journal Article
Jensen, J.L. (2005). The puzzles of motor development: How the study of developmental biomechanics contributes to the puzzle solutions. Infant and Child Development, 14 , 501-511. DOI: 10.1002/icd.425

*The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Book with More than One Author
Natarajan, R., & Chaturvedi, R. (1983). Geology of the Indian Ocean. Hartford, CT: University of Hartford Press.
Hesen, J., Carpenter, K., Moriber, H., & Milsop, A. (1983). Computers in the business world. Hartford, CT: Capital Press.

Note that the abbreviation et al. is not used in the reference list, regardless of the number of authors, although it can be used in the text citation of material with three to five authors (after the initial citation, when all are listed) and in all parenthetical citations of material with six or more authors.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book
Shea, J. D. (1992) Religion and sexual adjustment. In J. F. Schumaker (Ed.), Religion and mental health (pp.70-84). New York: Oxford University Press.

Web Document on University Program or Department Web Site
Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials. Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website:

Stand-alone Web Document (No Date)
Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion. Retrieved August 3, 2001, from

Photographs and Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures (e.g. 1a, b, c) should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure caption. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi

  • Line drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum

  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Post Acceptance


Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

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Cite EarlyView Articles

Infant and Child Development is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in an issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After publication in an issue, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. Please cite an Infant and Child Development EarlyView article as follows:

Ichikawa, H., Kanazawa, S. and Yamaguchi, M. K. (2011), The movement of internal facial features elicits 7 to 8-month-old infants' preference for face patterns. Infant and Child Development. DOI: 10.1002/icd.724

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "" as per following example:
DOI 10.1002/hep.20941, becomes

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