About the Journal

Focus and Scope

What to Consider when Submitting a Manuscript

When submitting a manuscript to IJWC, please consider the following issues as integral to the mission of the journal. Manuscripts should:

- Represent international relevance and highlight all children as members of a global community.
- Describe education and child well-being issues that are holistic in nature and contribute to the   overall well-being of the child.
- Discuss connections to childhood theories and concepts, as well as include recommended practices.
- Include innovative research-to-practice teaching strategies.
- Explore effective methods in early, elementary, and middle school teaching practices.
- Provide relevant examples and author vignettes.
- Describe how culture, ethnicity, and/or social, political, and economic conditions affect children’s learning and development.
- Discuss issues related to culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, ability, language, and sexual orientation.
- Be holistic in nature, appealing to a wide international readership, highlighting issues with global implications and promoting intercultural understanding.
- Recognize, as holistic in context, the importance of family and community involvement in education and childcare.

How Can I Create a Successful Article for IJWC?

- Reflect the most current knowledge in the related fields, citing recent research findings.
- Include practical implications of the research and describe the benefits for children.
- Write with clear and direct language, using the active voice as much as possible. Articles must be comprehensible to an international audience. Idiomatic use of language specific to a national or cultural context should be clearly explained or avoided to the extent possible.
- In order to enhance clarity and understanding, authors may include visuals (high-resolution photographs, children’s work samples, charts, and graphs).

What Types of Articles Appear in IJWC?

The readers of the International Journal of the Whole Child represent diverse backgrounds and interests; article styles may vary somewhat. The International Journal of the Whole Child is a refereed and academic journal offering practical applications and appealing to a wide breadth of readers.  Authors are asked to consider issues of readability. Citations support the discussion. The journal does not seek to publish summaries of theses or dissertations. However, students are permitted to submit other forms of scholarly papers for the Emerging Student Scholars section (link to more information).

What About Editing?

It is recommended that prior to submission, you review your article carefully. Often, it helps to have a colleague read your article and, when possible, your article should be professionally edited. Although we do review articles and prepare them for publication, we assume that all manuscripts submitted will arrive in almost print-ready condition.

While the views expressed in IJWC publication may not represent the views of the whole membership, they do adhere to ethical standards. Following the guidelines established in the American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual (6th edition), IJWC seeks to reduce bias in language. As a journal respecting inclusion, we avoid content and language that may be construed as biased toward any one nation, religion, socioeconomic group, race, or gender.

To submit a manuscript, please contact the senior editor, Dr. Tiffany Wilson, at the identified address:



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Peer Review Process


All manuscripts will be blind-reviewed and forwarded to two reviewers with expertise in the area described in the manuscript. The review process should take approximately one month, and authors will have an opportunity to resubmit with revisions. In order to develop your manuscript most effectively, please review the submission guidelines for support. The IJWC will accept manuscripts as a rolling review process. 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Publication Frequency

The IJWC is published twice annually. IJWC is indexed with OAI-PMH harvesters, search engines, and databases such as WorldCat, Google Scholar, DOAJ, and Sherpa Romeo.

Open Access Policy, Archiving, and Reuse

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. There are no article submission or processing charges. Each journal volume is preserved via the Walker Library's three level preservation methods including local and cloud storage. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of articles in this journal, and to use them for any other lawful purpose. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Statement of Ethics


  • The International Journal of the Whole Child (IJWC) works to ensure ethical practices and procedures in the review and publication of its manuscripts. IJWC protects the quality of its publication and deems plagiarism and any copyright infringement unacceptable. Authors, reviewers and editors are expected to understand and abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by IJWC.
  • IJWC adheres to the publication ethics guidelines set forth by the Transparency and Best Practices Guidelines created by the Committee on Publication Ethics, the DOAJ, OASPA and the World Association of Medical Editors.
  • IJWC conducts submissions, assigns reviewers, receives reviews, announces manuscript decisions via email and publishes journal issues online.

Authors are to:

  • avoid copyright infringement
  • reveal any financial support of the study and conflicts of interest
  • be listed as such only if valuable contributions are made to the manuscript
  • ensure the work submitted is original and not concurrently under review at any other publication outlet
  • report any inadvertent errors to reviewer(s) and editor(s)
  • guarantee accuracy of the work
  • must properly acknowledge and reference sources as outlined in the author and submission guidelines of IJWC

Reviewers must:

  • treat manuscripts as confidential documents
  • guarantee full objectivity in their reviews
  • report incidents that will impact anonymity immediately
  • ensure objectivity regardless of the subject matter of the manuscript
  • remain anonymous in order to maintain confidentiality
  • work to improve the quality of manuscripts by providing thorough reviews, comments and feedback to authors and editors
  • reveal any potential conflicts of interest
  • abstain from personal attacks against authors
  • not be held responsible for the accuracy of data and results in the manuscript

Editors will:

  • make publication decisions based solely on the academic merit of the material
  • not make publication decisions or attempt to influence manuscripts for commercial or political reasons
  • investigate if made aware of any research misconduct
  • make reviewers aware of any publication corrections



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