Children & Society

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 2

Edited By: Mary Jane Kehily, Heather Montgomery, Lindsay O'Dell and Rachel Thomson

Impact Factor: 0.808

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 21/41 (Social Work)

Online ISSN: 1099-0860

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission
We suggest you read the Aims and Scope of the journal before submitting your manuscript. Please note in particular that we especially encourage the submission of papers that develop a critical approach to children and childhood based on primary data. Review articles may be published where they make a clear contribution to knowledge.

Articles submitted to the journal should be original contributions, which are not under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you cannot submit online, please the contact the Editorial Office by e-mail

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Manuscript style
The language of the journal is English, using British English spelling conventions. It is aimed at a multidisciplinary audience; the language and style used should reflect this. Technical terms should be briefly explained. Do not use footnotes. Articles should be no more than 6,000 words in length, including abstract, references and tables. Please note that word limits will be strictly adhered to. Any papers over 6,000 words will be automatically rejected.

The main manuscript file ("Original manuscript") should include an abstract of up to 100 words. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole article, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the article. It should contain no citation to other published work. The abstract should be included in the main document that is uploaded to ScholarOne Manuscripts, as well as being typed into the separate abstract text box.

All submissions must also be accompanied by an Author Details page, which should include the following:

  • Full title, short title and the names and affiliations of all authors.
  • Full address information, including e-mail, telephone and fax, of the corresponding author.    
  • Name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the article, along with grant number(s).
  • A brief biography of each author. This should be about three sentences per author written as a paragraph (not bullet points).

The journal operates double blind peer review. Manuscripts should be anonymous. The separate Author Details page will not be sent to reviewers.

The Editors reserve the right to refuse any manuscript submitted, whether on invitation or otherwise, and to make suggestions and modifications before publication.

Illustrations, tables and figures should be mentioned in the text. Only those essential to the paper should be included. They should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, and each should have a short explanatory caption. All illustrations and figures should be submitted in separate file(s), and not incorporated into the text.

Any illustrations and figures previously published should be submitted with the written consent of the copyright holder, an acknowledgement should be included in the caption, and the full reference included in the list. If the subjects of photographs are identifiable, either their eyes should be masked or their written permission to use the photograph be submitted with the manuscript. Any information (including personal data) that could enable an individual to be identified should be removed.

Illustrations will only be accepted if provided electronically (TIFF preferred; JPEG, GIF, EPS, PNG Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel also acceptable); they should be professionally drawn, labelled and photographed; freehand lettering is not acceptable. Staining techniques and the magnification of micrographs should be stated, and arrows/abbreviations explained in the captions. Vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) should be saved in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. photographs) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Line art must be scanned at a minimum of 800 dpi, photographs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

The journal is unfortunately unable to offer free colour production - authors wishing to pay for colour figures can do so using the order form here:

It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain written permission to reproduce (in all media, including electronic) material which has appeared in another publication.

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets, and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins and others, 1998). All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI* 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:

Lightfoot J, Sloper P. 2003. Having a say on health: involving young people with a chronic illness or physical disability in local health services development. Children & Society 17: 277-290. DOI: 10.1002/chi.748

Hare RD, Schalling D. 1978. Psychopathic Behaviour: Approaches to Research. Wiley: New York.

Oucho JO, Gould WT, Smith FK, Brown PL, Jones RH. 1993. Internal migration, urbanization and population distribution. In Demographic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa. Foote KA, Hill KH, Martin LG (eds). National Academy Press: Washington, DC; 255-296/

The Geriatric Website. 1999. http// [accessed 1 April 1999].

*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.

Supporting Information. We can also publish supporting information. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the main article. Supporting Information can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. This should be submitted during manuscript submission and designated as 'Supporting Information'. Supporting information will be published as submitted, and will not be corrected or checked for scientific content, typographical errors or functionality. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published it must be submitted with the necessary permissions.

Authors preparing supporting information for publication should read the following guidelines carefully:

Copyright and licences
Journal compilation © 2010 National Children’s Bureau. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission in writing from the copyright holder. Authorization to photocopy items for internal and personal use is granted by the copyright holder for libraries and other users registered with their local Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO), e.g. Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, USA (, provided the appropriate fee is paid directly to the RRO. This consent does not extend to other kinds of copying such as copying for general distribution, for advertising and promotional purposes, for creating new collective works or for resale. Special requests should be addressed to Wiley-Blackwell at: 

If your paper 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 certain funders [e.g.The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

All papers published in Children & Society are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

In order to check proofs, the corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a website. A working email address should be provided for the corresponding author, although hard copies can be posted if necessary. The proof can be downloaded as a pdf [portable document format] file from the website. Acrobat Reader will be required to read this file, which can be downloaded free.  This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof.

Proof checking must not be used as an opportunity to revise the article because alterations are extremely costly. Extensive changes will be charged to the author and will probably result in the article being delayed to a later issue. Excessive changes made by the author, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

PDF offprints
On publication, a final pdf file of your article will be sent to you, subject to our terms and conditions of use. 

Author Services 
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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.