Special Issue on Early Childhood Development

Submission Deadline: Apr. 15, 2020

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This special issue currently is open for paper submission and guest editor application.

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Special Issue Flyer (PDF)
  • Lead Guest Editor
    • Nandita Chattopadhyay
      Department of Pediatrics, Iq City Medical College, Durgapur, India
  • Guest Editor
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    • Kaninika Mitra
      Unicef Office for West Bengal, Unicef, India Country Office, Kolkata, India
    • Pramit Ghosh
      Community Medicine, Purulia Government Medical College, Purulia, India
  • Introduction

    Early childhood is the foundation of future life. Optimum early childhood development can ensure a healthy & prosperous future generation with better performance and less crime. Hence, today, policy-makers all across the globe are focusing on Early Childhood Development as a significantly cost-effective intervention to improve health and well-being of the next generations.
    Maximum brain development occurs in the first 3 years of life, starting right from conception. 80% of brain development occurs during this period, with neuronal connections developing at an exponential rate of 1000/second and more. It is dependent on the child’s genetic constitution, her health and nutrition as well as her environment. Genes provide the blueprint, on which environment shapes the development. Psychomotor stimulation, proper parenting and emotional support augment development while neglect/ abuse, poverty, war / famine, alcohol/ substance abuse and maternal depression are common deterrents.
    To promote child development stakeholders at all levels, including parents, care-givers, primary healthcare providers, primary physicians, pediatricians, educators, all should have the awareness, knowledge and skill about early childhood development. It requires a solid knowledge of the neuro-biology of brain development and the normal course of a child’s development, an understanding of the modifying factors and acquisition of the right skills for early intervention, for effective promotion of ECD. Unfortunately, developmental pediatrics is still a less explored sub-speciality of pediatrics. Discussions on the topic of early childhood development in scientific journals and related research will evoke an interest among Pediatricians. It is through them that the message will percolate among other stake-holders.
    Hence, we propose to bring out a special issue where various aspects of this very relevant topic can be discussed in details.
    Aims and Scope:
    1. Brain development
    2. Early childhood development
    3. Early Intervention
    4. High risk newborn follow-up
    5. Toxic stress and resilience
    6. Psychomotor stimulation

  • Guidelines for Submission

    Manuscripts can be submitted until the expiry of the deadline. Submissions must be previously unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.

    Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines for authors (see: http://www.ajpediatrics.org/submission). By submitting your manuscripts to the special issue, you are acknowledging that you accept the rules established for publication of manuscripts, including agreement to pay the Article Processing Charges for the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online manuscript submission system at http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/login. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website.

  • Published Papers

    The special issue currently is open for paper submission. Potential authors are humbly requested to submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript by clicking here.