About the Journal

Focus and Scope

In response to the rapidly fluctuating political, social, and fiscal contexts of the 21st century, where globalization, migration, colonization, and increased digital communication have become central to daily life, the field of childhood studies has experienced significant shifts. As childhood becomes increasingly complex, the scholarly direction of childhood studies has turned toward issues of situated politics, environmental precarities, social justice, innovative pedagogies, and co-constructed knowledge. Journal of Childhood Studies aims to open space for publications related to the urgent, contested realities of globalized childhoods.

Journal of Childhood Studies encourages submissions from a range of disciplines that engage with children’s increasingly interconnected worldwide spaces. Articles published in the journal advance alternative and experimental conceptualizations of childhood by integrating theoretical perspectives that extend beyond developmental or psychologized conceptualizations of childhood. Submissions draw upon feminist new materialist, poststructural, posthuman, and postdevelopmental perspectives, as well as Indigenous knowledges and other ways of knowing that are silenced by prevailing Euro-Western understandings of children’s experiences. The journal holds a broad editorial emphasis, ranging from the publication of contributions from early childhood education and education (including programming, curriculum, classroom practice, or child well-being) to fields such as children’s geographies, anthropology of childhood, childhood studies, and sociology of childhood. Journal of Childhood Studies orients itself toward the multidisciplinary work of childhood studies, which is concerned with children’s lifeworlds while also considering childhood within overarching politicized and globalized contexts. 

Peer Review Process

The editors will acknowledge receipt and will review all manuscripts received. The final publication decision rests with the editors and will be communicated within three months.

Articles from Research
Journal of Childhood Studies
uses a double-blind peer review process to evaluate submissions to Articles from Research. Articles are evaluated for subject matter, quality/depth of analysis, appropriateness for publication in JCS, and writing style/organization. Reviews are then evaluated by the editors, collated, and shared with authors alongside specific recommendations for revisions. Authors are expected to provide a summary of how the reviewers’ comments were addressed when submitting their revised manuscripts. Revised manuscripts may be subject to an additional peer review before a publication decision is made.

Ideas from Practice
Journal of Childhood Studies
uses a non-blind peer review process to evaluate submissions to Ideas from Practice. Manuscripts in this section are initially evaluated by the editors, and authors are then paired with a ‘critical friend’ who will work with the author to prepare the submission for publication. Reviewers will work collaboratively with the author to address issues of subject matter, applicability to practice, critical thinking, and writing style/organization. Authors and reviewers are expected to communicate via email during this process. The editors will then evaluate revised manuscripts a final time.

Reviews of Books and Resources
Manuscripts submitted to Reviews of Books and Resources will be evaluated by the editors. 

Publication Frequency

Journal of Childhood Studies currently publishes four issues a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, and to use them for any other lawful purpose.

Author Self-Archiving Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.

Publication Fees

The Journal of Childhood Studies does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) nor article submission charges to its authors for publication. 

Aims and Content Guidelines

Journal of Childhood Studies is a peer reviewed, open access digital journal that aims to provide researchers and practitioners with a transdisciplinary space to cultivate experimental, creative, and alternative approaches to, and conceptualizations of, childhood.

Journal of Childhood Studies offers a forum for practitioners and scholars to engage in serious discussion related to the politics, tensions, and possibilities for childhood in increasingly complex and connected worlds. Articles published in the journal adopt a critical and post-developmental edge, as authors shift the conversation toward timely, innovative, and contradictory engagements with childhood that complexify traditional neoliberal, Euro-Western, or developmental understandings of children’s lives. In an effort to disrupt the violent, inequitable consequences of inherited developmental theories, JCS invites perspectives that work to resist developmental theory and developmentally-grounded understandings of childhood. The journal maintains a strong commitment to practice and recognizes the need for an accessible, high-quality online platform for practitioners to discuss the evolving and generative tensions they face in their work with children.

Journal of Childhood Studies includes a unique combination of submissions from practitioners, early career academics, and established scholars from a variety of international disciplines. Research articles, discussions of policy, practice-oriented contributions, and conceptual work that employ an innovative edge in their engagements with childhood are welcome. Practitioners and researchers worldwide are invited to submit manuscripts to the journal.

Through encouraging the submission of innovative manuscripts authored by practitioners, the journal supports practice-oriented submissions that bring a critical consciousness to understanding children’s everyday encounters and mobilize the theoretical perspectives emphasized within the journal through actionable, grounded, accountable practices. The journal also endeavors to support the work of young scholars and graduate students in an effort to add to the contributions of established and international researchers that are published in the journal.

The diversity of content in the journal opens space for alternative, critical, and contradictory ways of knowing that are relevant to the increasingly complex domain of childhood.

Guest-Edited Special Issues

The Journal of Childhood Studies is currently accepting proposals for special issues. Special Issues contain both Articles from Research and Ideas from Practice. Guest Editors (at least one guest editor must hold a PhD) are responsible for drafting a Call for Papers that aligns with the aims and scope of JCS, promoting the issue, and overseeing the review and publication process with the assistance of the journal assistant. If you are interested in guest-editing a special issue, please email journalofchildhoodstudies@gmail.com with a short statement of interest (including a brief description of the proposed special issue) and you will be provided with more information.

The Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC) will provide a platform for guest editor(s) of JCS Special Issues to offer a post-publication Webinar featuring key authors in a virtual discussion on the Special Issue topic or theme. The Webinar will be approximately 1.5 hours and will be offered to members of CAYC as well as the broader early childhood community. Guest editor(s) wishing to pursue the Webinar option, must submit the information below to journalofchildhoodstudies@gmail.com at least three months prior to the Webinar proposed date. Guest editor(s) will be responsible for inviting the Webinar presenters (i.e., key authors from Special Issue) and for moderating the Webinar. CAYC will provide the virtual platform (e.g., Zoom Webinar), advertisement, and registration.  

  • Name of editor(s)
  • Topic of Special Issue
  • Title for and write-up for Webinar (150 words)
  • Date for Webinar
  • Name of Webinar moderator
  • Names of Webinar presenters

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Journal of Childhood Studies follows the Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Reviewers, Editors, and Publishers as set by the Committee on Publication Ethics. In addition, Journal of Childhood Studies follows the relevant publication ethics and malpractice guidelines outlined by Elsevier.

Purchasing a Print Version of the Journal

Printed versions of Journal of Childhood Studies can be purchased through the University of Victoria Bookstore.

Printed copies of online-only issues available for purchase include:

Printed copies of older issues of the journal can be ordered via Espresso Print on Demand at the University of Victoria.

Journal History

Canadian Children changes its title to Journal of Childhood Studies as it responds to the evolving landscape of childhood studies, and renews its mandate to expand its international influence while attracting innovative, critical, and relevant submissions that more accurately reflect the diversity of the field.

Canadian Children has been published by the Canadian Association of Young Children, which was incorporated in 1974 and has been disseminating its scholarly content in print form since 1975. As the only national journal focused on the education and well-being of Canadian children, Canadian Children has played a vital role in generating and sustaining critical discussions regarding research, policy, and theory pertaining to the care and education of young children from multiple perspectives and in multiple settings.

In January 2016, Canadian Children transitioned into Journal of Childhood Studies. This change positions the journal within a multidisciplinary, international audience. Shifting from the boundaries set by the previous title, Journal of Childhood Studies addresses political concerns around the exclusivity of identifying a single nationality and instead opens up to publications that address the contested politics of globalized childhoods.

Following the lead of numerous other early childhood journals, Journal of Childhood Studies has transitioned from a subscription-based print format to an open-access digital platform in an effort to better target an international audience. This new publication platform also positions the journal to be relevant and sustainable in an age of rapid knowledge transmission coupled with urgent ecological concerns.