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International Journal of Behavioral Development

2016 Impact Factor: 1.850
2016 Ranking: 34/70 in Psychology, Developmental
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editor in Chief
Brett Laursen Florida Atlantic University, USA


eISSN: 14640651 | ISSN: 01650254 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Discover the ins and outs of academic publishing in a conversation with Marcel van Aken, Editor of International Journal of Behavioral Development, in our inaugural ISSBD vodcast.

The International Journal of Behavioral Development is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, which exists to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about developmental processes at all stages of the life span - infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

The Journal is already the leading international outlet devoted to reporting interdisciplinary research on behavioural development, and is now, in response to the rapidly developing fields of behavioural genetics, neuroscience and developmental psychopathology, seeking to expand its scope to these and other related new domains of scholarship. In this way, it is looking to provide a truly world-wide platform for researchers which can facilitate a greater integrated lifespan perspective. In addition to original empirical research, the Journal also publishes theoretical and review papers, methodological papers, and other work of scientific interest that represents a significant advance in the understanding of any aspect of behavioural development.

The Journal also publishes papers on behaviour development research within or across particular geographical regions. Papers are therefore considered from a wide range of disciplines, covering all aspects of the lifespan. Articles on topics of eminent current interest, such as research on the later life phases, biological processes in behaviour development, cross-national, and cross-cultural issues, and interdisciplinary research in general, are particularly welcome.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Benefits for members of ISSBD:

Access to the latest research on development across the life-span and across the globe

  • Free subscription to the International Journal of Behavioural Development – 6 issues per year.
  • Free ISSBD Bulletin - twice a year, and also available online.
  • 25% discount on all SAGE books.

Grants, awards and early career support

  • ISSBD offers resources for scholars in the early phases of their careers.
  • ISSBD provides grants to support early career scholars and students to attend conferences and workshops.
  • ISSBD provides Fellowships for early career researchers and students in reduced-fee countries.
  • ISSBD recognizes members’ accomplishments in the field of lifespan development through biennial awards.

Networking and professional development

  • Regular e-newsletters with up-to-the-minute information on ISSBD, job adverts, grant opportunities and upcoming conferences.
  • Reduced registration fees for the Society’s Biennial Meetings.
  • Free access to the electronic Membership Directory to find others with similar interests.
  • Members can attend, and propose, regional workshops on current topics.
  • Reduced membership fees for early career scholars, students and scholars in developing countries.

Playing an active role in ISSBD

  • Members can serve on ISSBD committees; calls for nominations are made every two years.
  • Members can volunteer to become regional/national coordinators.

"The International Journal of Behavioral Development plays a unique role among publication outlets in the developmental sciences in that it is the only journal that takes a broad view of life span development (from birth to death) and thus provides opportunities for those interested in the process of development across many life stages. It is essential reading for all serious developmental scientists as well as clinicians and policy makers interested in the broad implications of human development across the life span." K. Warner Schaie, Evan Pugh Professor of Human Development and Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University; Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington

"The world of science has gone international, and all developmental researchers are keen to keep up with international developments. The best way I know is to subscribe to IJBD, and read it!" Professor Terrie E. Moffitt, Institute of Psychiatry, UK

"Globalization facilitates communication about cultures, world problems, and world economics. IJBD facilitates globalization of the science of development and understanding of lives throughout the world."
Professor Elizabeth Susman, Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, at The Pennsylvania State University

"IJBD is one of the premier international developmental journals. It contains summaries of the findings of the very best research on life span development in the world. I regularly assign articles from IJBD to my graduate courses in human development so that they can stay informed about the international research community in human development." Professor Jacquelynne Eccles, University of Michigan

All issues of International Journal of Behavioral Development are available to browse online.

Editor for the Method & Measures section
Todd D. Little Texas Tech University, USA
Associate Editors
Patricio Cumsille Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Denis Gerstorf Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Jennifer Lansford Duke University, USA
Peter J. Marshall Temple University, USA
Catherine McBride The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck Griffith University, Australia
Managing Editor
Donna Marion Florida Atlantic University, USA
Editorial Board
Ryan E Adams Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA
Ramadan A. Ahmed Menoufia University, Egypt
Liane P. Alampay Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Dorit Aram Tel Aviv University, Israel
Christian Berger Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Daniel Bontempo Texas Tech University, USA
Julie Bowker University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
R. Mara Brendgen Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada
William M. Bukowski Concordia University, Canada
Kristin Buss Pennsylvania State University, USA
Cecilia Casanueva Research Triangle Institute, USA
Charissa S. Cheah University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Xinyin Chen University of Pennsylvania, USA
Antonius Cillessen Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jennifer Connolly York University, Canada
Kirby Deater-Deckard Virginia Tech University, USA
Gil Diesendruck Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Jo Ann Farver University of Southern California, USA
Brian Flaherty University of Washington, USA
Doran C. French Purdue University, USA
Claire F. Garandeau Utrecht University, Netherlands
Steinunn Gestsdottir University of Iceland, Iceland
Claudia Haase Northwestern University, USA
Erika Hoff Florida Atlantic University, USA
Christiane Hoppmann University of British Columbia, Canada
Gizem Hueluer University of Zurich, Switzerland
Frank Infurna Arizona State University, USA
Jaana Juvonen University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Jungmeen Kim-Spoon Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Thomas A. Kindermann Portland State University, USA
Noona Kiuru University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Silvia Koller Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Frieder R. Lang University of Erlangan-Nurnberg, Germany
Jaehoon Lee Texas Tech University, USA
Esther Leerkes University of Oxford, UK
Dan Lin Hong Kong Institute for Education, China
Ulman Lindenberger Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
Gigi Luk Harvard University, USA
Karen Lyons Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Lars-Erik Malmberg Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Elena Marta Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
M. Loreto Martínez Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Katherine E. Masyn Georgia State University, USA
Zena Mello San Francisco State University, USA
Jari-Erik Nurmi University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Paul O. Oburu Maseno University, Kenya
Yaacov Petscher Florida Center for Reading Research, USA
Larry R. Price Texas State University, USA
David Purpura Purdue University, USA
Nilam Ram Pennsylvania State University, USA
Mijke Rhemtulla University of Calfornia, Davis, Department of Psychology
Christina Salmivalli University of Turku, Finland
Miri Scharf University of Haifa, Israel
Robert Serpell University of Zambia, Zambia
Daniel T.L. Shek The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Ellen A Skinner Portland State University, USA
Håkan Stattin Örebro University, Sweden
Victoria Talwar McGill University, Canada
Marcel A G van Aken Utrecht University, Netherlands
Suman Verma Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Frank Vitaro University of Montreal, Canada
Alexander von Eye Michigan State University, USA
Jennifer Wagner Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Germany
Lihshing Leigh Wang University of Cincinnati, USA
Qian Wang The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Timothy D. Windsor Flinders University, Australia
David Witherington University of New Mexico, USA
Laura Wray-Lake University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Carston Wrosch Concordia University, Canada
Wei Wu University of Kansas, USA
Hongling Xie Temple University, USA
Nan Zhou Capital Normal University, China
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Behavioral Development

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijbd to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Journal of Behavioral Development will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to International Journal of Behavioral Development, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    The International Journal of Behavioral Development publishes empirical, methodological, theoretical, and review papers on human behavioural development. The journal welcomes submissions from all disciplines. As an international journal, special emphasis is placed on geographical diversity in participants and authors.

    All papers must have a developmental focus. Manuscripts with multiple methods or informants are encouraged. Longitudinal or experimental designs are recommended. Manuscripts that concern a comparison between countries or (sub)cultures must be motivated by a clear theoretical and developmental rationale. Studies whose sole purpose is to replicate well-established developmental phenomena in different countries or (sub)cultures are not typically published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

    Manuscripts that are under review elsewhere will not be considered for publication. The introduction to the manuscript should note if the manuscript is one of several papers derived from the same dataset. A cover letter to the Editor that indicates what is new and unique about the manuscript should accompany a submission derived from a large dataset.

    Papers. Empirical papers should describe findings of the highest scientific quality that represent an original contribution to the literature on human behavioural development. The theoretical, practical, and/or scientific implications of the main findings must be clearly articulated. Multiple sample or multiple study replications are encouraged. Submissions should be no longer than 8,500 words, all inclusive. Longer submissions will not be considered without prior approval from the Editor.

    Reports. Empirical reports may include any of the following: single sample studies; cross-sectional studies; studies with practical implications; and studies designed to test one or two straightforward hypotheses. Empirical reports may also be used for studies of timely importance. Empirical reports may describe failure to replicate, so long as they include large samples, preferably from multiple studies. The methods and results should be reported in full; the statement of purpose and the discussion should be brief and concise. To ensure the fastest possible dissemination of results, empirical reports will not be subjected to multiple rounds of review. Action Editors will make a publication decision on the basis of a single set of peer reviews. Submissions should be no longer than 4,500 words, all inclusive.

    Reviews. Review articles should provide integrative summaries of empirical research. Alternatively, a review article may provide a conceptual overview of a topic, toward the goal of advancing a new theory or framework for understanding developmental mechanisms or a developmental phenomenon. Submissions should be no longer than 10,500 words, all inclusive. Longer submissions will not be considered for review without prior approval from the Editor.

    Methods and Measures. Methodological articles should focus on issues related to instrumentation, design, or statistical analysis of research on human behavioural development. Formats include brief and full-length primers on cutting edge developmental methodologies, instrument development and validation, presentations of new methodologies, expert guidance on using advanced methodologies, and empirical studies that illustrate unique advances in statistics or measurement. Manuscripts should be written for an audience of developmental scholars. The Editor of the Methods and Measures section is Todd D. Little (yhat@ttu.edu). Submissions should be between 1000 to 6000 words, all inclusive. Online support materials are encouraged and should be fully annotated.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The International Journal of Behavioral Development adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and the author are concealed. Before sending a manuscript out for review, two Editors screen each submission to determine whether it is a good match for the journal and whether it is competitive for publication. At this point, a manuscript is either returned without review or assigned to an Action Editor. The initial screening will be completed within two weeks of submission, to allow authors of returned manuscripts to quickly resubmit to a more suitable publication outlet. Approximately 30% of manuscripts are returned without review.

    Manuscripts deemed suitable for review are forwarded to an Action Editor, who is responsible for the review process, including soliciting reviewers and making a final determination as to whether to accept a manuscript for publication. Authors with manuscripts that receive a full review should expect a decision within 10 weeks of the submission date. The journal accepts, on average, 25% of all submissions for publication.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published,
    • Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    International Journal of Behavioral Development requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    International Journal of Behavioral Development encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Journal of Behavioral Development and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    International Journal of Behavioral Development offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    International Journal of Behavioral Development adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    International Journal of Behavioral Development is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijbd to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Behavioral Development editorial office as follows:

    Managing Editor, Dr. Donna Marion: IJBDeditor@gmail.com

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