SSHD is delighted to announce that Jennifer Brown Urban and Miriam Linver have been appointed RHD Co-Editors for the 2024-2028 editorial term.

About Research in Human Development (RHD)

Research in Human Development (RHD) is the flagship journal of SSHD. RHD is a lifespan, interdisciplinary, and integrative journal which focuses on thematic special issues.

To view the most recent table of contents, click here. To access exclusive content of RHD, first Log In and then go to Members Access. If you are not a member, you will need to Join or Renew your membership.

Research in Human Development is published by Taylor & Francis

Special Issue Proposals

RHD publishes thematic issues devoted to the integration of theory and research representing multiple disciplines and methodologies and life-span perspective. Individual, unsolicited manuscripts are not considered. Research in Human Development receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Editorial Manager site located at Editorial Manager allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. Editorial Manager technical support can be accessed at If you have any other requests, please contact Michael Cunningham, Editor, at

The proposal (no more than 5 single-spaced pages, please) should describe:

          • The theme for the issue and its significance for the field;
          • How the collected papers meet the interdisciplinary, multi method, and life-span goals of the journal;
          • Biographical information of the editors, especially highlighting prior editorial experience;
          • The titles and authors of each potential paper, as well as a paragraph describing the scope/questions/data source/analytic strategies of each paper;
          • How the papers come together in important ways, as a collection, to inform the theme;
          • List of contributors and their titles and affiliations; and
          • References, as appropriate

In general, each issue has 5 papers, 25 pages each (not counting the title and abstract pages, but including everything else). The organization may vary by project. For example: a very brief introduction of a few pages, plus 5 empirical papers; or, a brief introduction, plus 1 theoretical/conceptual/literature-based manuscript and 4 empirical papers; or, a very brief introduction, plus 4 empirical pieces and a discussion essay.

These proposals will be reviewed by the editor in consultation with the Publications Committee. Once a proposal has been reviewed and accepted, the manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. All manuscripts should be in APA format, and generally be 25-30 pp. Each article should be summarized in a structured abstract of not more than 150 words.