ISSN 1753-0849

Childhoods Today Online JournalChildhoods Today

An online journal for childhood studies

Childhoods Today is free! Read our open access policy

Notes for Authors

Childhoods Today publishes a wide range of articles on any aspect of research or theory relating to the inter-disciplinary/multi-disciplinary study of childhood (e.g. anthropology, education, geography, psychology, social policy and social welfare, sociology). Articles submitted will be considered by reviewers (normally two) on the basis not only of intrinsic merit but readability and likely interest to the journal's readers. All work submitted must be original and if any of the material has been published or submitted elsewhere, this must be made clear at the time of submission.

Major articles to be considered for publication should normally be no longer than 6000 words, excluding abstract and references. An abstract of no more than 150 words, which might be posted separately on the journal's web site if the article is accepted for publication, should appear at the start of each article. They should be submitted electronically as email attachments and sent to . Shorter articles in the form of research notes that explore methodological issues, or critical commentaries that may be of interest may also be accepted but these should be no longer than 2500 words.

If you would like to submit an article, but are unsure whether it is suitable, either in terms of length or content, or whether you are eligible in terms of your academic status, please contact .

All articles should be submitted as MSWord documents using Arial 12 point font with 1.5 line-spacing. An article template following these rules is availble for download. Articles must be submitted in English and spelling must be consistent within an article and should follow British usage as defined in the Oxford Shorter English Dictionary, although spelling in references and any quotations should follow the original.

For the referencing of materials used in the preparation of articles, the Harvard system will be used. References should be cited in the body of the article by giving the author's name, year of publication in brackets – e.g. (Smith, 1998) – with specific page numbers after a direct quotation – e.g. (Smith, 1998:21). In the case of articles by more than two authors, references should be cited as (Smith et al, 1998) but the names of all the authors should be included in the list of references, which should include all authors cited in the article and appear in alphabetical order, listed chronologically by author, at the end of the article. Publications by an author that have appeared in the same year should be suffixed using a, b, etc., after the year of publication – e.g. (Smith, 1998b). Appendices and footnotes are not allowed, although acknowledgements may appear as end-notes.

The following format and conventions should be followed and authors are asked to pay close attention to the accuracy and correct presentation of references.

Aries, P. (1962) Centuries of Childhood. London: Jonathan Cape.

Book Chapter
Freeman, M. (2002) ‘Children's rights ten years after ratification.’ In B. Franklin (ed.) The New Handbook of Children's Rights: Comparative policy and practice. London: Routledge.

Journal Article
Montandon, C. and Osiek, F. (1998) ‘Children's perspectives on their education’, Childhood, 5 (3): 247-263.

Contributors who are not writing in English as their first language should pay careful attention to the quality of their written English and if they have any doubts about this should seek advice before submitting material for consideration, since the Editor and Editorial Board Members do not have the resources to undertake detailed editing if this is deemed necessary. It is hoped that the journal might be published in other languages, such as Spanish, at some point in the future, depending upon resources.

Articles submitted which do not conform to this house-style will be returned to authors to be reformatted before being sent out for review.

For technical reasons, authors are asked to limit the filesize of articles submitted for publication to a maximum of 8 MB., which will limit the extensive use of photographs or graphics. If this poses particular problems, please contact the Editor.

The Editor and Editorial Board do not hold themselves responsible for views expressed and authors are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that their work contains nothing that might be deemed to be defamatory, libellous or legally actionable in any other way.