Child Development


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.


2022 Journal Impact Factor Scores:

2-Year Impact Factor: 4.6
5-Year Impact Factor: 5.9

2022 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics) Ranking:

Psychology, Developmental: 13 out of 76.5
Psychology, Educational: 7 out of 60

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1990 – Present   1930-1989 (in JSTOR)   Articles Published Online to Early View   Special Sections


Statement on Anti-racism, Equity, and Inclusion in SRCD Publications

As our highly regarded journals are perhaps the most public-facing element and explicitly gatekeeping mechanism of the SRCD enterprise, we must critically examine the extent to which our journals, Editors and Editorial Boards, reviewers and review standards, and Publications Committee activities implement practices and policies grounded in inclusive and anti-racist principles. Read the full statement.

Wiley Developmental Science Publishing Network

Child Development participates in the Wiley Developmental Science Publishing Network. This exciting collaboration between a number of high quality journals simplifies and speeds up the publication process, helping authors find a home for their research. At the Editors’ judgement, suitable papers not accepted by one journal may be recommended for referral to another journal(s) in the network. Authors decide whether to accept the referral, with the option to transfer their paper with or without revisions. Once the referral is accepted, submission happens automatically, along with any previous reviewer reports, thereby relieving pressure on the peer review process. While a transfer does not guarantee acceptance, it is more likely to lead to a successful outcome for authors by helping them to find a route to publication quickly and easily.

Please review the Child Development Author Guidelines for journal submission details.


Current Calls for Child Development

Call for Reviewers to Serve as Statistical Consulting Editors:

Statistical Consulting Editors (SCEs) act as volunteer ‘super reviewers’ across the Child Development Editorial Board with a focus on statistical data. Similar to a regular reviewer, Statistical Consulting Editors receive invitations to review papers based on editor need, however they are also identified as a ‘go-to’ reviewer of statistical materials amongst editors and agree to handle ~10 papers annually.

Contact Interim Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Shauna Cooper (, and the SRCD Publications Office ( today to learn more and volunteer your expertise as a Child Development Statistical Consulting Editor.