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Author Guidelines

All submissions must include: 1) Cover letter; 2) Title page; 3) Manuscript

1) Title page (with author/authors details): Name this file (in .doc format) as “title page”. This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address. 
2) Blinded manuscript (no author details): Name this file (in .doc format) as “manuscript”. The main body of the paper must include: Title, Abstract, keywords, Main text, References, Figures, Tables and any acknowledgements, any Declaration of Interest statement, Authors’ contribution.
The manuscript must be in single-space and single-column format. Manuscripts should be between 4500 and 8000 words in length (excluding references, tables and figures). Longer manuscripts should only be submitted in conjunction with Editor approval, sought in advance.
The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format; a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.


The papers are electronically submitted by using the web site. Authors are requested to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines. It is important that the author who submits the paper, in the registration form.

The submission of your paper includes that:
- the authors acceptance of what reported on our Ethical guidelines for journal publication;
- the work has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis);
- the work is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;
- the publication is approved by all authors;
- if accepted, the paper will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright holder.
Declaration of interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. The summary declaration of interest must report at the end of the manuscript file. If there are no interests to declare then please state this: 'Declarations of interest: none'.
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from
Double-blind review process
All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. After this, papers are sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.
Manuscripts’ Formats
There are accepted original articles, empirical studies, Literature Reviews and meta-analysis, Theoretical Articles, Methodological Articles, case-reports. In add, could be take in consideration Other Types of Articles such as article-commentaries, book reviews, rapid communications, letters to the editor, annual meeting abstracts and meeting-reports, conference proceedings.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Manuscript (see template) in upload submission section step  2:
    -All Blinded manuscript (no author details) must contain these essential elements: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methodology including Sample, procedure and instruments, Data analyses and Results, Discussion and Conclusions, Limit of the research, acknowledgements, any Declaration of Interest statement, Authors’ contribution, Appendices.
    - Abstract. Times new roman – size 11 – single line. Justified with respect to the right and left margins. A concise and factual abstract is required of between 14/15 lines. The abstract should state briefly the background and the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided. The preferable format should accommodate a description of the study background, methods, results and conclusion. 

    - Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a list of keywords (minimum 3, maximum 6), avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
    - Introduction. State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the study, the relevant literature on the study subject and the proposed approach. At the end of this sections, the authors must insert the main aim and the hypothesis.
    - Methodology section should provide a complete overview of the design of the study and should include these subsections: Participant/Sample (include the procedure used to select the participants); Procedure and methodology used to verify the hypothesis, Instruments.
    - Results. Results should be clear and concise. The results section should provide complete details of the research that are required to support the conclusion of the study. This section should include a brief description of data analysis procedure used. It is preferable to insert a table summarize the main results. In this case, do not repeat them in the text. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.
    - Discussion. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them.  A combined Discussion and Conclusions is often appropriate.
    - Conclusions section should include these subsections: The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section; Limit of the research and future prospective.
    - At the end of the article: Acknowledgements, Grants and Funding; Declaration of Interest statement, Authors’ contribution. It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding. If no funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
    - References. Make sure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). All references should be formatted in APA style in the text. Use of the DOI is highly encouraged. All citations in the text should refer to: Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication; Two or Three authors: all authors' names and the year of publication; More than three authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
    Appendices (if any). There are situate at the end of the manuscript. If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.
    Figures and tables embedded in text. Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table. Number tables and figure consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table and figure body.
    Footnotes are not allowed in any sections.

  2. Title page (see template) upload submission section step4:
    - Title. Concise and informative. The title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper and should be limited to 25 words. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
    - Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given family name(s) and name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. If available, indicate for each author ORCID ID.
    - Authors' affiliation (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter. Provide the country name and the e-mail address of each author.
    - Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries.

  3. Formatting requirements
    Cover letter upload submission section 4:

    - briefly stating the significance of the research, agreement of authors for publication, number of figures and tables, supporting manuscripts, and supplementary information. Also, include author information and current telephone and E-mail address of corresponding author (see template).


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Creative Commons License Articles and conference papers published in Journal of Clinical and Development Psychology are distributed under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Correspondingly, authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

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  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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