Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

In response to the rapidly fluctuating political, social, and fiscal contexts of the 21st century, where globalization, migration, and increased digital communication have become central to daily life, the field of childhood studies has experienced significant evolution. As childhood becomes increasingly complex, the scholarly direction of childhood studies has shifted toward issues of citizenship, environmental challenges, social justice, critical thinking, and co-constructed knowledge. Journal of Childhood Studies aims to open space for publications related to these contested politics of globalized childhoods.

Journal of Childhood Studies encourages submissions from a range of disciplines that address the issues young children face in a variety of increasingly interconnected worldwide spaces. The journal holds a broad editorial emphasis, ranging from the publication of contributions from traditional fields such as 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, sociology of childhood, and children’s rights amongst others. 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. 


Section Policies

Articles from Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Ideas from Practice

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews of Books & Resources

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

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 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.



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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 edge, as authors shift the conversation toward timely, innovative, and contradictory engagements with 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.

Through encouraging the submission of critical and innovative manuscripts authored by practitioners, the journal supports practice-oriented submissions that raise both the quality and critical consciousness of the journal’s content.

Research articles, discussions of policy, practice-oriented contributions, and conceptual work that employ a critical edge in their engagements with childhood are welcome.

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 will be published in the journal. Practitioners and researchers worldwide are invited to submit manuscripts to 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.

Journal of Childhood Studies may contains three sections: (1) Articles from Research, (2) Ideas from Practice, and (3) Reviews of Books and Resources.


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.