Childhoods Today is an externally reviewed bi-annual e-journal published by the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield (UK), and supported by the Worldwide Universities Network. It is an open access journal, and no subscription is required to access the articles, which are published in .pdf format. These can be read using the Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded free of charge.
The aim of the journal is to provide an international forum designed exclusively for the publication of articles by postgraduate students (i.e. those studying for the MA, M.Phil. or PhD), as well as those who have recently (within two years) completed their PhDs in the field of childhood studies, which can then be accessed by other postgraduates and academics working in the field.
First published in 2007, the journal has already achieved a high level of International recognition and received an endorsement from Childwatch International.
The website has had in excess of 200,000 visits from all over the world. It is also archived by the British Library.
Childhoods Today was founded by Professor Adrian L. James of the University of Sheffield and the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB), University of Trondheim. It is currently edited by Dr. Afua Twum-Danso of the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. In 2014 the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth will be awarding a prize of £100 to the author of the best article published in Childhoods Today in 2013.