Journal of Early Childhood Research
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Journal of Early Childhood Research


Editor-in-Chief
Professor Cathy Nutbrown University of Sheffield, UK
Editors
Professor Peter Clough University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Paul Connolly Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Associate Professor Rebecca New University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Assistant Editors
Caron Carter Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Susan Edwards Australian Catholic University, Australia
Jools Page University of Sheffield, UK

eISSN: 17412927| ISSN: 1476718X|Current volume: 13|Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

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The Journal of Early Childhood Research provides an international forum for the dissemination of early childhood research, bridging cross-disciplinary areas and applying theory and research within the professional community. This reflects the world-wide growth in research on learning and development in early childhood and the impact of this on provision. The journal has relevance to policy-makers, practitioners and researchers in the multidisciplinary fields of early childhood education and care.

The Journal of Early Childhood Research publishes high-quality, international early childhood research findings from the forefront of current theory and practice. Research that generates new knowledge to enhance the lives of young children, their families and educators, is a key feature of this journal.

The Journal of Early Childhood Research is interdisciplinary in scope, being true to the tradition that educational studies (and hence early childhood education studies) has traditionally drawn from psychology, sociology, philosophy and the history and law of education. The journal publishes papers in the fields of health, law, social work, therapy, education, sociology, history, and the arts, and welcomes papers from non-traditional as well as established territories of early childhood education.

" …so much going for it - international focus, interdisciplinary scope, empirically based practice, and online accessibility. I think that professionals in the field of early childhood education will find it to be an invaluable resource." Paula McMurray-Schwarz

" …a forum where important ideas about educating young children are examined cross-culturally. This is a journal that policymakers, teachers, and researchers will find informative and relevant to their work." Sharon Ryan

"Filling a huge gap, this journal will dramatically enhance global communication among scholars, policymakers, and students, with the twin goals of creating better world-wide understanding and better outcomes for children." Sharon Lynn Kagan


Electronic Access:
Journal of Early Childhood Research is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ecr.sagepub.com

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

A major resource…

The Journal of Early Childhood Research is a peer-reviewed journal that provides an international forum for childhood research, bridging cross-disciplinary areas and applying theory and research within the professional community. This reflects the world-wide growth in theoretical and empirical research on learning and development in early childhood and the impact of this on provision. The journal has particular relevance to policymakers and practitioners working in fields related to early childhood.

Leading International Early Childhood Research...

The Journal of Early Childhood Research promotes high-quality, boundary pushing, international early childhood research from the forefront of current theory and practice. The Journal publishes research that generates new knowledge to enhance the lives of young children, their families and educators. The journal aims to:

  • Provide access to the expanding knowledge base across the disciplines of childhood.
  • Expose and stimulate debate on current issues in the field: theoretical, practical, methodological and ethical.
  • Consider the implications and applications of research findings for the improvement of settings and services for young children and their families.
  • Ensure that key areas of theory, methodology and evidence-based practice, in the fields of child health, early education, paediatrics, psychology, social work, sociology and teaching are represented by international board members.

The Journal of Early Childhood Research is interdisciplinary in scope and draws upon a number of related fields in early childhood: anthropology; child health; cognitive, clinical, developmental, neuro- and social psychology; curriculum studies; critical theory; feminist perspectives; paediatrics; philosophy; phemonenology; research methodology; social policy studies; social work; sociology and pedagogy.

International Advisory Committee
Carol Aubrey University of Warwick, UK
Pirjo Aunio University of Helsinki, Finland
R D Bedford University of Waikato, New Zealand
John Bennett OECD Education & Training Division, Paris, France
Sarah-Jane Blakemore University College of London, UK
Marianne Bloch Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Elizabeth Blue Swadener Arizona State University, USA
Stig Bostrom Aarhus University, Denmark
Barbara T Bowman Erikson Institute, Chicago, USA
Pat Broadhead Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Doris Cheng Pui-Wah The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Richard Clifford University of North Carolina, USA
Penny Curtis University of Sheffield, UK
Tricia David Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Molly De Lemos Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Hasina Ebrahim University of Free State, South Africa
Morwenna Griffiths The University of Edinburgh, UK
József Nagy University of Szeged, Hungary
Cigdem Kagitcibasi NIAS, The Netherlands
Lilian Katz University of Illinois, USA
Sarah Miller Queen's University Belfast
Soula Mitakidou Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Susanna Montovani University of Milan, Italy
Peter Moss Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Anbanithi Muthukrishna University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nigel Parton University of Huddersfield, UK
Alan Pence University of Victoria, Canada
Bridie Raban University of Melbourne, Australia
Sylvie Rayna Institut National de Recherche Pedagogique, France
Stuart Reifel University of Texas, USA
Sharon Ryan Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Elly Singer University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Anne B Smith University of Otago, New Zealand
Richard Smith University of Durham, UK
Nick Spencer University of Warwick, UK
Wolfgang Tietze Freie Universit&aumlt Berlin, Germany
Celia Valiente Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Diny van der Aalsvoort Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, Leiden University
Teresa Maria Vasconcelos Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, Portugal
Karen Winter Queen's University Belfast, UK
Elizabeth Wood University of Exeter, UK
Martin Woodhead Learning School of Education, The Open University, UK
Leonardo Yanez The Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands
Pan Yuejuan Beijing Normal University, China
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      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
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Journal layout
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

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

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jecr  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 Journal of Early Childhood Research  will be reviewed.

    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.

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    1. Article types

    The Journal of Early Childhood Research publishes original research and theoretical/conceptual articles concerned with early childhood research. It welcomes papers rooted in a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, philosophy, and the history and law of education. The journal draws upon a number of related fields in early childhood (defined as birth to eight): anthropology; child health; cognitive, clinical, developmental, neuro- and social psychology; curriculum studies; critical theory; feminist perspectives; paediatrics; philosophy; phemonenology; research methodology; social policy studies; social work; sociology and pedagogy.

    The Journal particularly invites submission of innovative and original qualitative studies focusing on play, curriculum, assessment, children’s rights, inclusion and equity. The Journal of Early Childhood Research also invites papers with an innovative focus on methodological and ethical issues in relation to research with young children. As an international Journal papers from all parts of the globe – including collaborative and comparative transnational studies - are also welcome.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Submissions to the Journal of Early Childhood Research will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees and we aim to inform authors of the editorial decision within sixteen weeks of submission. This timeframe depends on reviewer availability and it may take longer to review and reach a decision on some manuscripts. Please ensure that author names and contact details are presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    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.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. (Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.)
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Early Childhood Research 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

    Journal of Early Childhood Research 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

    Journal of Early Childhood Research 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Journal of Early Childhood Research 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.

    3.4 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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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. 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 Journal layout

    Journal of Early Childhood Research conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of Early Childhood Research adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard output file here

    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

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Journal of Early Childhood Research is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jecr 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.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 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. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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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.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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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 [Journal] editorial office as follows:

    The Editors
    Journal of Early Childhood Research
    email: jecr@sheffield.ac.uk

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