Child Development

2013 Impact Factor: 4.915
2012 ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: Psychology, Developmental: 4 out of 65
Psychology, Educational: 1 out of 51

Current Publication Lag: Articles are published online within 2 or 3 months of acceptance (standard production time) and in print about 10 months after acceptance.

Since its inception in 1930, Child Development has been devoted to original contributions on topics in child development from the fetal period through adolescence. It is a vital source of information not only for researchers and theoreticians, but for a broad range of psychiatrists and psychologists, educators, and social workers across the field.

Child Development publishes peer-reviewed empirical, theoretical, review, applied, and policy articles reporting research on child development. Child Development is published on a bimonthly basis.

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Child Development Online Supplementary Materials
Beginning a few years ago, Child Development became able to host supplementary materials to articles published in the journal on its Wiley Online Library website. The new editorial team has been encouraging authors to take advantage of this resource as a way to cut the amount of material included in print articles and to provide additional information to interested readers.  As such, we are urging authors to look critically at their manuscripts to find information that could potentially be moved online.  Examples of materials that could be placed online include extra tables, figures, or appendices; test questions or other test materials; videos of experiments taking place; or additional data sets from meta-analyses.  For Wiley’s guidelines for online supporting materials please see

New Child Development Sociocultural Policy
In keeping with SRCD’s stated goal of increasing global participation and awareness, Child Development announces a new sociocultural policy intended to increase the scope and breadth of sample information included in published articles. While CD previously required the reporting of participant ages, gender and race/ethnicity, further relevant information such as participants’ socioeconomic status, language, family characteristics, specific location information, etc. will now be required. The inclusion of this information is aimed at providing greater clarity regarding sample characteristics, specifically in the context of the research questions posed in the article. Click here for the full policy requirements and examples.

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