Child Development

2-Year Impact Factor: 5.024
5-Year Impact Factor: 6.151
2018 ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: Psychology, Developmental: 3 out of 74
Psychology, Educational: 4 out of 59

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 is published on a bimonthly basis.

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Glenn I. Roisman, Ph.D. Appointed as New Editor for Child Development

The Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) announces the appointment of Dr. Glenn I. Roisman, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, as the Incoming Editor of Child Development, SRCD’s premier scholarly publication. Dr. Roisman will succeed Dr. Cynthia García Coll, who has served for the last six years. SRCD offers its profound gratitude to Dr. García Coll for her leadership and contributions to the journal. Read more.

New Child Development Methodological Recommendations

In an effort to further Child Development’s tradition of publishing rigorous research, we announce new methodological recommendations for authors designed to support the production of accessible and reproducible, high-quality research without excluding innovative hypothesis-generating inquiry.  To satisfy these recommendations, we ask that authors address sample recruitment and selection, data collection and coding, descriptive statistical information, and model misspecification in the body of their manuscripts or as online supplements.  Click here to view the full descriptions of the recommendations and further information.

Child Development App Now Available in the Apple App Store
Recently, Wiley has been developing mobile apps for SRCD’s journals which are now available for download in the Apple App Store (for now the apps are only available for Apple devices).  Each journal has its own app which includes journal issues and Early View content.  Using the apps, SRCD members will be able to quickly and easily access journal content almost anywhere. Download the Child Development app.

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In order for authors to disseminate their research as quickly as possible and avoid print publication lag, SRCD publishes most journal articles online to Early View ahead of print publication, where they are considered fully published and citable.  For those wishing to receive a notification when new articles from one of SRCD’s journals are published to Early View, Wiley offers New Content Alert emails.  Please note, these alerts are different from the publication alerts that you can opt in to or out of from your SRCD membership profile (which only notify subscribers when a new journal issue is available).  Click here for instructions for signing up.

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.