Child Development Perspectives Submission Guidelines


Child Development Perspectives (CDP) emphasizes brief, well-synthesized reviews of research, typically focusing on emerging and novel lines of inquiry in developmental science. Papers should be written to be accessible and informative to the broad developmental community. The journal sometimes publishes essays on policy, statistics methods, and other topics suitable for the readership. Papers are welcome from all fields that inform contemporary developmental science. Manuscripts reporting new empirical findings are not appropriate for CDP.

Most articles appearing in CDP are commissioned by editorial staff and are integrative reviews. CDP also accepts articles that are not commissioned, although authors are encouraged to contact Judith Smetana, Editor in Chief, at if they are not sure whether their article topic is appropriate. 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.

CDP is instituting a new occasional feature called Two Views, which will consist of a pair of papers, published side-by-side, on an important or emerging topic in the field. Two scholars with different views on a topic of interest will be commissioned to contribute short pieces outlining their views. These papers will be invited and will undergo peer review. Authors may contact the Editor, Judith Smetana, at with proposals or suggestions.


English Language Editing Services

Authors have the option, but are not required, to use the services noted below to translate or proofread their text pre-submission. This option may be particularly helpful to non-native English speakers. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and SRCD does not endorse – and is not responsible for the quality of – any product or service mentioned.

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Formatting Requirements

Format and Style

Manuscripts submitted to Child Development Perspectives should be prepared as Microsoft Word files (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), not as .pdf or .tex files.

In addition, all manuscripts must align with APA Style rules including:

  • Double-spacing throughout (abstract, body text, references)
  • Using 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • One-inch margins throughout
  • Please follow all guidelines on format, style, and ethics provided in the Publication Manual (6th ed.) of the American Psychological Association.

All submissions are screened using iThenticate, a software tool that examines originality in scholarly writing. For more information, please see the Committee on Publication Ethics' Text Recycling Guidelines:

Word Count

All submissions are limited to 3,250 words (the word count includes the main text plus notes, acknowledgments, and appendices but not the abstract, tables, figure legends, or references).

Cover Letter

For author-initiated papers, the cover letter should indicate why the topic is particularly well suited for CDP.


References should include no more than 40 entries and be in APA 6th edition style.

Figures and Tables

Most published articles will have no more than four figures and tables total, although exceptions may be made. Color figures publish online for free, but there is a $300 cost to print in color. More technical information on figures (accepted file types, image quality, etc.) is available at Wiley-Blackwell Author Services. Individual figures must be in EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF format, with resolution of at least 300 dpi; individual tables must be Microsoft Word documents.

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Manuscript Submission and Review Process

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be submitted online through the Child Development Perspectives ScholarOne Portal.

Submit to Child Development Perspectives

Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If for some reason you cannot submit online, please contact the SRCD Editorial Office by telephone (202-800-0668) or by e-mail (

Corresponding Author Responsibilities

A corresponding author’s submission to CDP implies that all coauthors have agreed to the content and form of the manuscript. The corresponding author is responsible for informing all coauthors, in a timely manner, of manuscript submission, editorial decisions, reviews, and revisions. Authors will be asked to complete a Conflict of Interest Declaration immediately following the manuscript’s acceptance for publication.

Manuscript Review

On receipt, a manuscript is evaluated by journal staff for its conformity to the overall guidelines and policies of the journal. Title pages 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. Inquiries and suggestions regarding editorial policy may be directed to Judith Smetana, Editor in Chief of Child Development Perspectives, at

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Accepted Manuscript and Publication Information

Note to NIH Grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, through Wiley-Blackwell SRCD will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see

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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