Cover image for Vol. 21 Issue 3

Edited By: John Colombo

Impact Factor: 2.086

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 27/68 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1532-7078

Author Guidelines

Infancy is the official journal of the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS). The journal seeks rigorous and high-impact original research that contributes to our understanding of typical and/or atypical development during the earliest periods of the life span.  Data on participants beyond the period of infancy, or data relevant to prenatal development are considered if the results add to an understanding of early development and are consistent with the mission of ICIS and the journal.  The journal emphasizes research on human infants, but work on animal models is considered if the implications of that work has sufficient translational impact.  Any theoretical approach is welcome, as are translational approaches relevant to our understanding of the long-range impact of early experience or early development.  There is a strong preference for research that contributes to an understanding of developmental process(es), and so designs that include participants from multiple age group are strongly encouraged; reports featuring a single age group will be considered if the theoretical impact of the reported findings is particularly meritorious.  The journal publishes four types of reports:

·         Research Articles: Original research articles (up to 10,000 words, inclusive of title, abstract, and references) that present recent research findings related to infancy or infant development.

·         Brief Reports: Short empirical articles (up to 3,000 words of text, inclusive of title, abstract, and references) that present recent research findings related to infancy or infant development.

·         Target Research Articles with Peer Commentary: Invited theoretical or empirically-based contributions that break new ground in the field.  Peer commentary will be solicited follow target articles; authors are invited to submit suggestions for peer commentators. 

·         Thematic Collections with Peer Commentary: Collections of three or more research articles from independent laboratories that contribute new findings on a common topic related to infancy or infant development. Thematic collections may include peer commentary as well. Authors are invited to submit suggestions for commentators along with the submitted collection of articles.

Authors have the opportunity to submit additional archival material such as color photographs, sound files, QuickTime movies, and large data sets to the companion web page, Infancy Archives (, which accompany each issue of the journal.


Submission of Manuscripts: Manuscripts are submitted to Infancy via the ScholarOne Manuscript Central site located at  During the submission process, a Corresponding Author is designated; that author is responsible for the manuscript during the subsequent review and editorial process. New users can create an account at Manuscript Central and submit a manuscript using the Author Center.  To facilitate the blind-review process used by Infancy, every effort should be made by the Corresponding Author to ensure that the manuscript contains no information as to the identity of the authors.


The Manuscript Central site will ask authors to verify that the paper has neither been published nor simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere and to verify that the research was conducted in compliance with the American Psychological Association (APA) ethical standards for the treatment of participants.  Information regarding APA standards is available at   Potential conflicts of interest (if any) must be disclosed in the acknowledgements of the submitted manuscript.


All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a figure or table or to reprint a quotation exceeding the limits of fair use. For additional information about permissions, please visit Reprints of individual articles will be available for order at the time page proofs are provided to the corresponding author.


Format for Paper and References. The title page should include a word count for the paper, inclusive of the paper title, abstract, report narrative, and the references.  Contributors should follow the guidelines specified in the most recent edition of the APA Publication Manual for the narrative of the manuscript and for reference style in both the text and the reference list.  We encourage authors to attend to consistency in spelling and dates between citations and the reference list.  The reporting and discussion of statistical effect sizes, as recommended in the APA publication manual, is required when appropriate.


Color ReproductionInfancy is published in black and white. Any figures provided in color will be published in black and white in print, but will appear online in color. Color can be purchased for print manufacturing. Please contact the editorial office for color cost estimates. For more information on figure guidelines, please visit


OnlineOpen. 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 subject to the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on scientific merit.


If a 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 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:

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


Graduate Student Authors. Beginning in 2012, the International Congress of Infant Studies gives a Graduate Student Paper Award at each biennial meeting of the Society. To be eligible for the award, the graduate student must be first author of a paper published in Infancy during the previous two calendar years and the original version of the manuscript must have been submitted prior to the awarding of the PhD. To help Infancy editors identify eligible papers, graduate students who are first authors of manuscripts are encouraged to self-identify as a graduate student in the cover letter when submitting a manuscript.


Infancy Archives website: Supplementary materials (e.g., visual images or sound files) submitted to the Editor in conjunction with a final accepted manuscript will be archived on this site. These materials will be limited in scope (jointly determined by the Editor and Publisher), will provide information highly useful to the readership, and will be available on-line when the PDF of the article is posted on the web.