Child Development Perspectives

Cover image for Vol. 11 Issue 2

Edited By: Robert V. Kail

Impact Factor: 3.284

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 14/69 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1750-8606

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

Author Guidelines

Most articles appearing in Child Development Perspectives are commissioned by editorial staff. Authors who have ideas for a possible submission are encouraged to submit a proposal at the journal’s online submission site. Both types of articles undergo peer review.

Authors are asked to make their submissions accessible to the full spectrum of the CDP readership, which includes scientists, students, policy makers, and the media. Plain language is preferred whenever possible; jargon should be avoided. Because of the international nature of the readership, authors should avoid writing that assumes the reader is a citizen of or is intimately familiar with the author’s country.

Invited submissions are limited to 3,000 words (the word count includes the main text plus notes, acknowledgments, and appendices but not the Abstract, tables, figure legends or reference list) and a reference list not exceeding 40 cited articles. There is no limit to the number of tables or figures but most published articles will have no more than four figures and tables total. If color artwork is submitted, and the authors believe color art is necessary to the presentation of their work, one or more authors or their institutions must be prepared to pay the substantial costs associated with color art reproduction.

Author-initiated proposals for articles are limited to 500 words and 15 references. The 500-word limit does not include the references. The proposal should provide an overview of the proposed manuscript and indicate why the topic is particularly well suited for CDP.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Child Development Perspectives online submission site at A corresponding author’s submission to CDP implies that all co-authors have agreed to the content and form of the manuscript. The corresponding author is responsible for informing all co-authors, in a timely manner, of manuscript submission, editorial decisions, reviews, and revisions.

The manuscript should be prepared as a doc, docx, or rtf file (not as pdf or tex files) and should be double-spaced throughout with 12-point font. Please follow all guidelines on format, style, and ethics provided in the Publication Manual (6th ed.) of the American Psychological Association.

Manuscript Review
On receipt, a manuscript is evaluated by journal staff for its conformity to the overall guidelines and policies of the journal. Manuscripts invited by the editor and author-initiated proposals are subject to peer review. Cover sheets and other identifying information are removed to facilitate blind review. The corresponding author will be notified of an editorial decision, typically within 8 weeks. Manuscripts accepted for publication are often edited extensively to improve readability and accessibility. Copies of the submission and associated correspondence are retained in the SRCD archives.

Inquiries and suggestions regarding editorial policy may be directed to Robert V. Kail, Incoming Editor, Child Development Perspectives, at

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 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 Perspectives 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.