Child Development

Cover image for Vol. 88 Issue 1

Edited By: Cynthia Garcia Coll

Impact Factor: 3.791

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/57 (Psychology Educational); 7/69 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1467-8624

Associated Title(s): Child Development Perspectives, Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development

Author Guidelines

Child Development publishes empirical, theoretical, review, applied, and policy articles reporting research on child development. Published by the international and interdisciplinary Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the journal welcomes relevant submissions from all disciplines. Further information is available at

Current Publication Lead Time
Articles are published online within 2 or 3 months of the acceptance date (standard production time) and in print approximately 10 months after acceptance.

Types of Articles
Child Development considers manuscripts in formats described below. Inquiries concerning alternative formats should be addressed to the Editor prior to submission. All submissions are expected to be no more than 40 manuscript pages, including tables, references, and figures (but excluding appendices). If the submission is more than 40 pages, it will be returned to the author for shortening prior to editorial review.

Empirical articles comprise the major portion of the journal. To be accepted, empirical articles must be judged as being high in scientific quality, contributing to the empirical base of child development, and having important theoretical, practical, or interdisciplinary implications. Reports of multiple studies, methods, or settings are encouraged, but single-study reports are also considered. Empirical articles will thus vary considerably in length, but should be no longer than 40 manuscript pages; text and graphics should be as concise as material permits. All modes of empirical research are welcome.

Empirical reports are reserved for short cutting-edge empirical papers that are no longer than 4,000 words in length (including text, tables, appendices, but excluding references), which advance research and knowledge in an area through noteworthy findings and/or new methods.

Reviews focus on past empirical and/or on conceptual and theoretical work. They are expected to synthesize, analyze and/or  critically evaluate a topic or issue relevant to child development, should appeal to a broad audience, and may be followed by a small number of solicited commentaries.

Special sections is a format in which papers on a focal topic, written by different authors, are published simultaneously. In some cases, calls for submissions on particular topics will be disseminated through SRCD (via e-mail or SRCD publications), and submissions will undergo normal editorial review. In some cases, a submitted manuscript (e.g., an empirical article) may be selected as a lead article for this format, with invited commentaries providing additional perspectives. The editors also welcome suggestions from readers for topics for this format.

Manuscript Submission
Child Development invites for consideration manuscripts that are neither identical to nor substantially similar to work published or under review elsewhere. In the submission cover letter, please provide details about other published or submitted papers having substantial overlap (including data sets) with the new CD submission to enable editors to judge whether the new submission is sufficiently distinct from other work to warrant consideration. Editors retain the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet established ethical standards for research or dissemination.

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. Support can be contacted by phone (888-503-1050), or via the red Get Help Now link in the upper right-hand corner of the login screen. If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office by e-mail ( or telephone (202-289-7903).

Full submission guidelines are available at Unless otherwise addressed in the submission guidelines found at the link above, please follow the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual (6th ed.) of the American Psychological Association for format, style, and ethics. Color figures publish online free of charge, but there is an associated cost to print in color; authors should carefully consider this, and whether the color material can successfully translated to grayscale or alternatively presented so its meaning is clear. Authors should keep a copy of all correspondence, files, and figures to guard against loss.

A corresponding author's submission to Child Development implies that all coauthors have agreed to the content and form of the manuscript and that the ethical standards of SRCD have been followed (see the Child Development website or pp. 283–284 of the 2000 SRCD Directory). Any financial interest or conflict of interest must be explained to the Editor in the cover letter. The corresponding author is responsible for informing all coauthors, in a timely manner, of manuscript submission, editorial decisions, reviews, and revisions. Please note that if your submission (or its revision) is accepted for publication, each author must submit a signed Copyright Transfer Agreement made available at production time.

Manuscript Review
If you have any questions about your submission, please inquire at or call (202) 289-7903. Each manuscript is handled by the Editor or an Associate Editor who consults with one or more Consulting Editors and/or ad hoc reviewers who have relevant expertise. To ensure blind review, title pages are removed before review; authors should avoid including any other information about identity or affiliation in submissions. Copies of the submission and associated correspondence are retained in the SRCD archives. For accepted manuscripts, authors are required to prepare a 300–500 layperson’s summary for public dissemination purposes. Details are provided to authors as part of final processing.

There is no charge for publication in Child Development unless tabular or graphic materials exceed 10% of the total number of pages. Charges are also levied for changes in proofs other than correction of printer’s errors. Any inquiries relating to charges or business matters (including reprint orders) should be addressed to Wiley, Child Development, Production Coordinator, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, (781) 388-8200.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Society through Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of Contributions authored by NIH grantholders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see

Copyright Transfer Agreement
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 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 Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution 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

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.

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. 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. Upon publication, corresponding authors can collect a gratis PDF offprint of their article from Author Services. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

Child Development employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.