Peer Review Process

The first stage of our review process is an editorial discussion about the paper’s suitability for the journal by our Editorial Board. This may lead to the decision to not accept the paper, or to send it for the second stage: review by at least two independent referees. During the submission process, authors have the opportunity to suggest up to three suitable referees, with contact details, although the choice of referee remains with the Editors.

At a late stage in the review process, papers with statistical analyses undergo specific statistical review. The Editors recommend ‘Statistical recommendations for papers submitted to Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology’ (here) for guidelines on appropriate use and reporting of statistical analyses.

Editors and editorial board members are not involved in editorial processes or decisions about their own work. Reviewers are asked to disclose potential conflicts of interest when they are invited to review a paper and when they submit their review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).