Social Policy Report – Information for Contributors

The Social Policy Report (SPR) is a quarterly publication of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Its purpose is twofold: (1) to provide policymakers with comprehensive, non-partisan reviews of research findings on topics of current national interest, and (2) to inform the SRCD membership about current policy issues relating to children and about the state of relevant research.

The SPR provides a forum for scholarly reviews and discussions of developmental research and its implications for policies affecting children. Topics are drawn from a variety of disciplines and cover a wide range of issues that affect child and family development through the lens of social policy, such as health care, parenting practices, and education policies. SRCD recognizes that few policy issues are noncontroversial and that authors may well have a “point of view,” but the SPR is not intended to be a vehicle for authors to advocate particular positions on policies. Presentations should be balanced, accurate, and inclusive. The publication nonetheless includes the disclaimer that the views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the SRCD or the editors.

Submission Guidelines
Articles originate from a variety of sources. Some are solicited by the editorial board, while others are proposed by the authors. Authors interested in submitting a manuscript are urged to propose timely topics to the lead editor via email ( Topic proposals should take the form of an extended abstract (approximately 2 pages) that outlines the topic and scope of the proposed report.

Manuscripts vary in length ranging from 30 to 45 pages of text (approximately 8,000 to 12,000 words), not including references and figures. The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout with 12-point font and should adhere to APA guidelines. Manuscript submission should include text, abstract, references, and a brief biographical statement for each of the authors and should be sent as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.

Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to complete a conflict of interest disclosure form, which may be found here.

Review Process
Reviews are typically obtained from academic or policy specialists with relevant expertise and different perspectives. Authors then make revisions based on these reviews and the editors’ queries, working closely with the editors to arrive at the final form for publication. Review for the SPR is single-blind; reviewers are aware of the identities of the authors.

The SPR employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to the editor you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published work. If a submitted manuscript is based upon conference proceedings or other publications, this should be indicated in the Author Note.

The Policy Committee, which founded the SPR, serves as an advisory body to all activities related to its publication.

Copyright of the articles published in the SPR is maintained by the SRCD. Statements appearing in the SPR are the views of the author(s) and do not imply endorsement by the editors or by the SRCD.

iThenticate Notification
Powered by Turnitin’s text comparison tool iThenticate, CrossRef’s Similarity Check enables the SRCD editorial office to assess the originality of all submitted manuscripts. iThenticate finds and reports overlaps in text through the use of text-searching algorithms, checking a document against an extensive database of published scholarly writing. Its reports highlight material that matches documents in the iThenticate database and their percentage of similarity. The reports allow editors to judge the appropriateness of any substantial overlap between documents, which can range from authors using identical language across manuscripts to report precise details of methods to more concerning cases of recycling text.

For more information, please see the Committee on Publication Ethics' Text Recycling Guidelines:

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