International Journal of Behavioral Development

International Journal of Behavioral Development

2015 Impact Factor: 1.610
2015 Ranking: 37/69 in Psychology, Developmental
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor in Chief
Brett Laursen Florida Atlantic University, USA

eISSN: 14640651 | ISSN: 01650254 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

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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

Electronic access:

International Journal of Behavioral Development is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

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, The 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
Larry R. Price Texas State University, USA
David Purpura Purdue University, USA
Nilam Ram Pennsylvania State University, USA
Mijke Rhemtulla University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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
Håkan Stattin Örebro University, Sweden
Victoria Talwar McGill University, Canada
Marcel A G van Aken Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Suman Verma Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Frank Vitaro University of Montreal, Canada
Alexander von Eye Michigan State University
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
Nan Zhou Capital Normal University, China
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. Authorship
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Statements and conventions
      6.1 Declaration of conflicting interests
      6.2 Funding acknowledgement
    7. Conventions
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    The International Journal of Behavioral Development is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. The society and the journal share the goal of promoting the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge about developmental processes across the entire lifespan.


    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.

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    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 ( Submissions should be between 1000 to 6000 words, all inclusive. Online support materials are encouraged and should be fully annotated.

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    3. Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. 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:

    1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data.
    2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content.
    3. approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content 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 ICMJE Authorship guidelines at

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    International Journal of Behavioral Development is hosted on SAGE track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit 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 already have an account. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    5. Journal 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    The 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.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Statements and conventions

    6.1 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. The International Journal of Behavioral Development does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    6.2 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), the International Journal of Behavioral Development requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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    7. Conventions

    Please follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010). Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using typeface 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial, with pages numbered consecutively. Please use margins of 3 cm or 1 inch on all sides of every page (top, bottom, left and right). Lines should be left-justified and words should not be divided at the end of a line. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the publication style manual will be returned without review.

    The language of the journal is English. Non-native speakers of English should make every effort to have their manuscripts checked by native English speakers prior to submission.

    Abbreviations and acronyms, other than those in common use (e.g., ANOVA), should be avoided. Footnotes and endnotes are strongly discouraged. Section headings should NOT be numbered.

    Authors are expected to have their data available throughout the review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication. Authors are expected to comply with all reasonable data-sharing requests from other scholars.

    Title Page. The title page of an article should contain ONLY: (1) the title of the article; (2) a running head not exceeding 40 letters and spaces. No names of authors or institutional affiliations should be provided.

    Abstract and Keywords. The abstract page should include an abstract and keywords. The abstract should state the purpose of the research, the principal results, and the major conclusions. References should be avoided. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. Between 3 and 9 keywords should be included at the bottom of the abstract page. Keywords are used for indexing.

    Introduction. The introduction should establish the topic of the investigation, provide an up-to-date, concise overview of theory and research on the topic, and summarize the hypotheses to be addressed. The introduction should begin with a clear statement of the problem under study and the research strategy employed in the investigation. This should be followed by a relevant, but not exhaustive, review of the theory and empirical research to set the stage for the present investigation. The narrative should establish continuity between the background literature and the present investigation. The introduction should close with a clear statement of the research hypotheses and some indication of their correspondence to the research method.

    Method. Information about the sample, design and measures should be sufficiently detailed, in order to enable reproduction of the study. Procedures for sample recruitment and selection should be described, including the percentage of the sample approached that participated. Major demographic characteristics of participants must be reported, including nationality, sex, age, socioeconomic status, language spoken at home, and ethnicity. Interrater, test-retest, and/or internal reliability should be reported for each variable. Longitudinal studies should include both the mean and the range of time between data collection intervals. Longitudinal studies must also describe sample attrition and the extent to which the remaining sample does or does not differ from the original sample. Informed consent and assent procedures must be described.

    Results. All reports of statistical significance must include an estimate of effect size. Whenever possible, results should be interpreted in terms of point estimates and confidence intervals (typically 99% or 95%) for the each effect size. The exclusive reliance on null hypothesis testing based on p values should be avoided. For assistance with these guidelines, authors should refer to Cummings, G. (2013 online). The new statistics: Why and how. Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797613504966. Missing data cannot be ignored; discuss the amount of missing data for each variable and strategies used for the treatment of missing data.

    Discussion. In the discussion, the main research findings should be summarized and interpreted. The opening paragraph should include a clear statement of results in terms of whether the original hypotheses were supported or not. The discussion should focus on the developmental significance of the findings. Limitations, alternative explanations, and generalizabilty all merit comment.

    Acknowledgements. Any acknowledgements should appear at the end of the article prior to any notes and References. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    Tables and Figures. Tables and figures are presented at the end of the manuscript. Tables and figures should be numbered separately and have short descriptive titles. Table and figures should be interpretable without reference to the text. To this end, notes should indicate the total number of participants, the range and (if applicable) anchors for each variable. Avoid abbreviations. The position of the table or figure should be indicated in the text. Half-tone figures should be presented as camera-ready copy on glossy paper (b/w, unless to be reproduced by arrangement in colour, at the author's cost) and, if possible, as EPS files (all fonts embedded) or TIFF files, 800 dpi b/w only. For scanning, photographs should preferably be submitted as clear, glossy, unmounted b/w prints with a good range of contrast or on disk as TIFF files, 300 dpi.

    References. Citations in the text and in the reference section should follow the referencing style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010).

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    International Journal of Behavioral Development conforms to the guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

    9.3 Reference Style

    International Journal of Behavioral Development adheres to the reference style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). Click here to review the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 3cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find an article online through online search engines. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title the article, write an abstract and select keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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. If, together with an accepted article, usable colour figures are submitted, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    A PDF of the proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in International Journal of Behavioral Development with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    International Journal of Behavioral Development benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office: Managing Editor, Dr. Donna Marion:

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