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Development and Psychopathology strongly encourages contributions from a wide array of disciplines because an effective developmental approach to psychopathology necessitates a broad synthesis of knowledge. Manuscripts will be considered that address, for example, the causes and effects of genetic, neurobiological, biochemical, cognitive, or socioemotional factors in developmental processes with relevance to various risk or psychopathological conditions. The journal also seeks articles on the processes underlying the adaptive and maladaptive outcomes in populations at risk for psychopathology.

Manuscript Review Policy
Manuscripts will have a blind review by at least two scholars. Every effort will be made to notify authors within 90 days of submission concerning the reviewers’ recommendations and comments. Development and Psychopathology has no page charges.

Manuscript Submission and Review
All manuscript submissions to Development and Psychopathology must be made electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts:

Please follow the complete instructions on this website to avoid delays. The instructions will prompt the author to provide all necessary information, including the corresponding author's contact information, which includes complete mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and an e-mail address. The website also requests suggested reviewers. The website will automatically acknowledge receipt of the manuscript and provide a manuscript reference number. The Editor-in-Chief will assign the manuscript to an Editor who will choose at least two other reviewers. Every effort will be made to provide the author with a rapid review. If the Editor requests that revisions be made to the manuscript before publication, a maximum of 3 months will be allowed for preparation of the revision. For additional information on the new online submission and review system, please read the Tutorial for Authors or the Tutorial for Reviewers available from ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Manuscript Preparation and Style

General. All manuscripts must be provided in MSWord format in 12-point type with 1-in. margins on all sides. The entire manuscript must be double-spaced and numbered consecutively. The language of publication is English.

Style and Manuscript Order. Follow the general style guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). The Editor may find it necessary to return manuscripts for reworking or retyping that do not conform to requirements. Do not use embedded references, end notes, or bookmarks. Manuscripts must be arranged in the following order:

Title Page. To facilitate blind review, all indication of authorship must be limited to this page, which should be submitted as a separate file. Other pages must only show the short title plus page number at the top right. The title page should include the (a) full article title; (b) name and affiliations of all authors; (c) acknowledgments; (d) mailing address and telephone number of the corresponding author; (e) address of where to send offprints, if different from the corresponding author; and (f) a short title of less than 50 characters.

Acknowledgments. These should be placed below the affiliations. Use this section to indicate grant support, substantial assistance in the preparation of the article, or other author notes.

Abstract Page. Include (a) a full article title, (b) an abstract of no more than 200 words, and (c) up to five keywords for indexing and information retrieval.

Text. Use a standard paragraph indent. Do not hyphenate words at the ends of lines or justify right margins.

References. Bibliographic citations in the text must include the author’s last name, date of publication, DOI and may include page references. Examples of in-text citation style are Cicchetti (2002), Durston (2008, pp. 1133–1135), Hunt and Thomas (2008), (Hunt & Thomas, 2008), (Posner, Rothbart, Sheese, & Tang, 2007), and subsequently (Posner et al., 2007). If more than one, citations must be in alphabetical order. Every in-text citation must be included in the reference section; every reference must be cited in the text. Examples of reference styles:

Journal Article
Haltigan, J., Roisman, G., & Fraley, R. (2013). The predictive significance of early caregiving experiences for symptoms of psychopathology through midadolescence: Enduring or transient effects? Development and Psychopathology, 25(1), 209-221. doi:10.1017/S0954579412000260

Buss, A., & Plomin, R. (1984). Temperament: Early developing personality traits. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Chapter in an Edited Book
Gottlieb, G., & Willoughby, M. T. (2006). Probabilistic epigenesis of psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti & D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology (Vol. 1, 2nd ed., pp. 673–700). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Appendix (optional). Use only if needed.

Tables. Tables must be submitted as a separate MSWord file. Each table should begin on a separate page, and be typed double-spaced, numbered consecutively with an Arabic numeral, and given a short title (e.g., Table 5. Comparisons on language variables). All tables must be clearly cited in the text, and must be clearly labeled at the location they are to appear, e.g. “TABLE ONE HERE”.

Figures. Figures must also be submitted as separate files, in either .TIFF or .JPG format. Each figure must be numbered consecutively with an Arabic numeral and a descriptive legend. Legends must be provided separately from the artwork (e.g., Figure 3. The progress in language development). Figures should be no larger than 6 × 9 in. Diagrams must be computer generated. All labels and details must be clearly presented and large enough to remain legible at a 50% reduction. Artwork should be identified by figure number and short title. All figures must be cited in the text, and their location labeled in the same manner as Tables.

Copyediting and Page Proofs
The publisher reserves the right to copyedit manuscripts to conform to journal style. The corresponding author will receive page proofs for correction of typographical errors only. No rewriting of the original manuscript as submitted is allowed in the proof stage. Authors must return proofs to Cambridge within 48 hours of receipt or approval will be assumed.

The corresponding author will receive a free high-quality PDF of his or her article. A form accompanying the page proofs allows the corresponding author to order complete copies of the issue and/or purchase offprints. All coauthor offprint requirements must be included on this form. Orders received after the issue is printed are subject to a 50% reprint surcharge.

Copyright and Originality
It is a condition of publication that all manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. All authors must sign the Author Publishing Agreement before an article can be published. Government authors whose articles were created in the course of their employment should download the Government Employer LTP. Authors must obtain written permission from the copyright owners to reprint any previously published material included in their article and provide the permissions to Cambridge University Press.

In addition, authors must obtain permission from copyright owners to reprint or duplicate published measures or modifications to any published instruments. If applicable, written permission must be submitted with final manuscripts.

Please note that we will require you to upload your Author Publishing Agreement if you are submitting a revised manuscript. While the author publishing form is required for your revised submission, its submittal does not imply or guarantee acceptance. It is simply to obtain the form to expedite the production process should your manuscript be accepted.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors should include a Conflicts of Interest declaration in their title page. Conflicts of Interest are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on an author’s presentation of their work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. Conflicts of Interest do not necessarily mean that an author’s work has been compromised. Authors should declare any real or perceived Conflicts of Interest in order to be transparent about the context of their work. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting the title page must include Conflicts of Interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors.

Example wording for your Conflicts of Interest declaration is as follows: “Conflicts of Interest: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no Conflicts of Interest exist, your declaration should state “Conflicts of Interest: None”.

Funding Statement

Authors must include a Funding Statement in their title page. Within this statement please provide details of the sources of financial support for all authors, including grant numbers, for example: “Funding Statement: This work was supported by the Medical Research Council (grant number XXXXXXX)”. Grants held by different authors should be identified as belonging to individual authors by the authors’ initials, for example: “Funding Statement: This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (AB, grant numbers XXXX, YYYY), (CD, grant number ZZZZ); the Natural Environment Research Council (EF, grant number FFFF); and the National Institutes of Health (AB, grant number GGGG), (EF, grant number HHHH).”

Where no specific funding has been provided for research, you should include the following:

“Funding Statement: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.”

Open Access
Authors in Development and Psychopathology have the option to publish their paper under a fully Open Access agreement, upon payment of a one-time Article Processing Charge. In this case, the final published Version of Record will be made freely available to all in perpetuity under a creative commons license, enabling its reuse and redistribution. This Open Access option is only offered to authors upon acceptance of an article for publication.

Authors choosing the Open Access option are required to complete the Open Access License to Publish. More information about Open Access in Development and Psychopathology, including the current Article Processing Charge, can be found on our website.

Author Language Services
Cambridge recommends that authors have their manuscripts checked by an English language native speaker before submission; this will ensure that submissions are judged at peer review exclusively on academic merit. We list a number of third-party services specializing in language editing and/or translation and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Use of any of these services is voluntary and at the author's own expense.


Development and Psychopathology now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Development and Psychopathology. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated 2 January 2020