Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Clinical & Developmental Psychology (JCDP) is the official journal of the Center for Psychological Research and Intervention (Ce.R.I.P.), University of Messina. It is an international and interdisciplinary scientific quarterly journal for the publication of peer-reviewed original papers, that aims to promote innovation and high-quality research, both empirical and theoretical, assessment, and practice which contribute to the advancement in clinical, health and developmental psychology including different cultural contexts.
JCPD also addresses cross-cultural and sociodemographic topics clearly bearing on clinical, health, and development psychology with a focus on the psychological and social processes that underlie the lifespan and the improvement of psychological issues, the mental well-being and behavioral medicine.
The Journal includes: research and applied studies, articles on contemporary professional issues, single case research, review articles, case reports and reviews of books, brief reports (including dissertations in brief) and comments, notes from the field, news and notes.
JCPD only accepts and public papers reporting methodologically sound and rigorous research protocols, in order to substantively contribute to the Scientific Community.
JCPD periodically publishes Special Issues, including a selection of articles related to specific topics. Researchers interested in Guest Editing a Special Issue are encouraged to contact JCPD.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Guidelines regarding the journal's peer review policy and processes for readers and authors, including principles for recruiting reviewers, the number of reviewers, the criteria by which reviewers are asked to judge submissions, time allowed to reviews can be found in About the Journal.
The review process requires the Double blind peer review. No less than 2 independent reviewers are selected for reviewing a submission. The reviewers are asked to judge submissions in according with their competences. The reviews’ typical time taken to submit the evaluation is of four weeks.

In order to simplify the reviewers’ evaluations and to give to the author detailed information for improving the submitted paper’s quality, a peer review form was created. In particular, the reviewer must answer to these principal questions:
1) Type of the Article;
2) Declaration of Competing Interest of the reviewer and, if yes, they must kindly explain (in this case, the editor will select another referee);
3) Does the study adhere to ethical standards including ethics committee approval and consent procedure? (if no, the author must add it).
4) Does the manuscript contain original information that provide a new perspective or a progress Knowledge on this topic?
5) Is the title concise and informative and describing the contents of the paper?
6) Does the abstract clearly describe the content of the article (eg. study background, methods, results and conclusions)?
7) Does the introduction provide a clear statement of the study, the relevant literature on the study subject and the proposed approach?
8) Is the methodology appropriate?
9) Is the statistical analysis (if any) correct?
10) Is the quality of the figures and tables (if any) satisfactory?
11) Are the interpretations and conclusions justified by the results?
12) Does the reference list adequately cover the relevant literature in an unbiased manner?
13) Is the English language of sufficient quality?

Moreover, it is requested to the reviewer to highlight strengths and limitations in the principal sections and give suggestions to improve each of them (if present: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Data Analysis - including tables and figures; Discussion and Conclusion; Bibliography).

Finally, the reviewer could send General comments only to the Editor (optional) and must give their own finial decision (choosing from: Accept as it is; Minor revision; Major revision; Serious major revision; Rejected with repairable deficiencies; Strongly rejected (with irrecoverable deficiencies).


Publication Frequency

Journal items can be published collectively, as part of an issue that is published normally every four months (at minimum: three numbers every year - April - August - December).

Individual items can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "online first" section.


Open Access Policy

JCDP | Journal of Clinical and Development Psychology 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.

JCDP | Journal of Clinical and Development Psychology does not charge either submission or publication fees nor article-processing expenses.



JCDP utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Clinical Development Psychology is a free open access journal based on double-blind peer reviews. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

Plagiarism: It’s one of the most frequent misconduct publications; it occurs when the author deliberately uses another's work or quotes words without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. Plagiarism can assume different forms and it can include data, words and phrases, ideas and concepts.

Similarities Analysis: The authors should confirm that they have written entirely original works. From 2021, the Journal kindly advises researchers who are going to submit their manuscript, with reference to the use of a specific program looking for similarities.
The program used is “Turnitin” that provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted paper. If there are instances in which a manuscript is similar to, or matches against one of sources, the program will flag this in order to review. Turnitin database includes billions of web pages: both current and archived content from the internet, a repository of works other have submitted to Turnitin in the past, and a collection of documents, which comprises thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications. For further information, visit Turnitin site. The Journal Editor, before sending a manuscript to reviews, will interpret the similarity to other reports. If the submitted manuscript shows an unjustified high level of similarities, the submission will be rejected and the authors will receive the relative report in order to re-submit their manuscript after their check. The final manuscript will be archived in Turnitin database, in order to guarantee our authors for the future.

Data Sharing and Data Accessibility: JCDP promotes data sharing. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data during the editorial review process.

Human Studies and Subjects: According to ethical policies and high-quality scientific data results, for all manuscripts involving human participants, authors declare an ethical statements for the procedures, identifying the Ethics Committee (national or institutional) that approved the study. The confirmation that the study conforms to recognized international standards and in according to Helsinki Declaration is required. In all cases, patient details must be anonymized and studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the methods section of the manuscript. Images and information from individual participants will only be published when the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Authors do not need to provide a copy of the consent form to the publisher; however, in signing the author license to publish, authors are required to confirm that consent has been obtained.

Animal Studies: A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed were ethically reviewed, approved and conducted in accordance with guidelines on the ethics of research is required. Authors should also state whether experiments were performed in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations for the care and use of laboratory animals. The authors must indicate the institutional or national guide for the use of care and laboratory use. The name of the body giving approval must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript.
Authors must adhere to animal research reporting standards, for example the ARRIVE reporting guidelines for reporting study design and statistical analysis; experimental procedures; experimental animals, and housing and husbandry.
European authors outside the UK should conform to Directive 2010/63/EU. US authors should cite compliance with the US National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the US Public Health Service's Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. UK authors should conform to UK legislation under the Animals Scientific Procedures and Act 1986 Amendment Regulations (SI 2012/3039).

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: JCDP requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Authors are requested to specify disclosures and eventual conflicts of interests during the online submission in the view of transparency and objectivity, which are essential in scientific research publication process. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered as a potential source of conflict of interest.
Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to: patent or stock ownership (e.g. a pharmaceutical company which committed the research), membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company, consultancies to sponsoring organizations. Conflicts of interests can also occur in close personal relationships and academic competition.
The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication, but undeclared financial interests may seriously undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and the science itself.
If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review and share this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.
Due to the double blind peer review process please identify any conflicts of interest in the title page rather than the main document.

Funding: Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature. Please include grant number(s) alongside the names of any sponsors.

Authorship: The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how in the cover letter. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:
1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content;
4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
The corresponding author warrants that the reported descriptions are accurate and collects the approval of the final version and the agreement from all of authors for each aspect of paper.
Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.

Fundamental errors in published works: When authors discover a substantial error or imprecision in his/her properly online published work, it’s his/her obligation to notify it, within 7 days, to the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the manuscript.
In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, the editor will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. It does not view the following uses of a work as prior publication: publication in the form of an abstract; publication as an academic thesis; publication as an electronic preprint.

Simultaneous submission: During online submission authors are requested to declare that any simultaneous submission of the paper occurs. Simultaneous submission arises when a person submits a paper to different Journals/publisher at the same time.

ORCiD: As part of the journal’s commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the journal encourages the submitting author to indicate the ORCiD identifier number of all authors when submitting a manuscript.

Publication Ethics: JCDP is a member of the National Committee on Publication Ethics of the Center of Research and Psychological Intervention (CeRIP) and it follow the indication of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)