Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Clinical & Developmental Psychology (JCDP) is the official journal for the Psychological Center for Research and Intervention (Ce.R.I.P.), University of Messina. It is an international and interdisciplinary scientific quarterly journalfor the publication of peer-reviewed original papers,that aims to promote innovative and high-quality research,both empirical and theoretical, assessment, and practicethat contribute to the advancement in any of the areas of clinical, health, and developmental psychology from different cultural contexts.
It also addresses cross-cultural and sociodemographic topics that have a clear bearing on clinical, healt, and development psychology in terms of theory, research, or practice, with a focus on the psychological and social processes that underlie the lifespan and improvement of psychological problems, mental wellbeing 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; and news and notes.
Only papers which report methodologically sound and rigorous research or which make a substantive contribution to the discipline are accepted for publication in the journal.
From time to time, the Journal publishes Special Sections, featuring a selection of articles related to a single particularly timely or important theme; individuals interested in Guest Editing a Special Section are encouraged to contact.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

The review process provides the style Double blind peer review


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 frequency

The journal ordinarily publishes three volume per year. Once a volume is open, accepted articles are published as soon as they are ready.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Clinical Development Psychology is a free open access journal based on blinded peer review. It is known that the publication of a manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal is fundamental in the development of a goodly scientific network of knowledge in psychology. This kind of publication represents author’s quality of researches and the value of the supporting University, in compliance with scientific method and ethical behavior.

Ethics topics to consider when publishing:
Authorship:  should be limited to contributors who gave a significant support to the idea, project, execution, and/or analysis of the research. 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. 
Originality: The authors should confirm that they have written entirely original works.
Plagiarism: It’s one of the most frequent misconduct publications; it’ occur when the author deliberately uses another's work or quoted words without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. Plagiarism can assume different forms and it can include data, words and phrases, ideas and concepts.
Data access: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data during the editorial review process.
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.
Acknowledgement: Appropriate acknowledgment of the work of others must be specified in the acknowledgement section.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Authors will be 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. Competing interests could be financial relationships, as: employment, grants, stock ownership (e.g. a pharmaceutical company which committed the research), patents, honoraria, consultancies to sponsoring organizations, mutual fund ownership, paid expert testimony.  Undeclared financial interests may seriously undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and the science itself. Conflicts of interests can also occur in personal relationships, academic competition.
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.
Use of patient images or case details: Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be well documented in the paper.
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 publications at the same time, which could result in more than one journal.