New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development

Cover image for Vol. 2016 Issue 153

Edited By: Elena L. Grigorenko

Online ISSN: 1534-8687


New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development is a quarterly thematic multidisciplinary journal dedicated to new perspective and scholarship in the field of child and adolescent development. Each issue/volume in the series is a completely self-contained, fully indexed edited collection of articles focusing on one specific topic.

Aims and Scope

The mission of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development is to provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edge issues and concepts in the field of child and adolescent development. Each volume focuses on a specific new direction or research topic, and is edited by an expert or experts on that topic.

Content Areas. Any topic in the domain of child and adolescent development can be the focus of a volume. Topics can include social, cognitive, educational, emotional, biological, health, demographic, economical, and socio-cultural issues that bear on children and youth, as well as issues in research methodology and other domains. Topics that bridge across areas are encouraged, as well as those that are international in focus or deal with under-represented groups. Volumes deal with infancy, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, or bridge across these age periods; or occasionally stretch into adulthood.

A Focus on Scholarship and Science. The audience for the journal is primarily students, researchers, scholars, and social servants from fields such as psychology, sociology, education, social work, anthropology, and health. We welcome scholars with diverse methodological and epistemological orientations. Readers and prospective authors whose primary interest is in practice and policy are directed to New Directions for Youth Development.

A Focus on Concepts and Ideas. The primary mission for NDCAD is to be a vehicle for the development and communication of new concepts and ideas. Each volume introduces a new approach, examines a new issue or question, or evaluates old issues with a new lens. Creativity, innovation, and excellence are the coin of the realm. Use of evidence to back or develop ideas is necessary, but authors whose primary goal is to publish empirical findings on a specialized topic should consider other outlets.

Orientation to a Broad Audience of Scholars. Volumes of NDCAD are written in a way that informs a general audience of developmental scholars and students. This does not mean that concepts should be simplified or “dumbed down.” It does mean that authors should contextualize their presentation in terms of broader issues and trends in the field (and, when relevant, within society). Authors are expected to use “reader-based prose” that communicates effectively. In general, articles are written in the format of a chapter, rather than in traditional scientific format (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results) because their focus is on developing ideas and summarizing or culling emerging directions of thought more so than detailed presentation of new research findings.

Format. An NDCAD issue/volume comprises about five to seven chapters, including an introductory article that discusses the central new idea joining together all articles in the issue/volume. The word count for an issue/volume must be between 35,000 and 40,000 words. Authors need to prepare manuscripts according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Detailed information on formatting of issues/volumes and articles is available in the information “For Authors” at This website also provides guidelines for submitting an NDCAD proposal to the Editors-in-Chief.


Child and adolescent development researchers, professors in child and adolescent development/human development/developmental psychology, child psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers, educators, anthropologists, and health professionals.


Child and adolescent development, developmental sciences, child psychology, early childhood education, family studies, parent-child relationships, child psychiatry, educational psychology, social and cultural studies.

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