Social Sciences and Childhood

[Sotsial’nye nauki i detstvo]


The journal "Social Sciences and Childhood" publishes scientific and practice-oriented articles in the social sciences on childhood issues.

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education
Form of Distribution: online
Frequency: 4 times a year
 Published since 2020

We do not charge any submission or publication fees.

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The journal "Social Sciences and Childhood" is an international scientific publication for psychologists, educators and all specialists in related fields of fundamental and applied "childhood science". Therefore, the target audience of the journal can be attributed to researchers engaged in research in the field of childhood, practitioners working with children of different categories and statuses, their families, teachers of the system of general, secondary and higher education, decision-making leaders of different levels, non-profit socially oriented organizations and foundations, students, and the parent community.

The journal is multidisciplinary, and its mission is to stimulate the interrelated development of science and practice in the field of childhood, the accumulation of research results in different branches of the social sciences, which allow us to see the specifics of modern childhood and forecast development paths and risks in the long term, as well as contribute to the formation of an evidence-based approach culture in the practice of helping and supporting children.

The goals of the journal are:

  • the consolidation of the intellectual forces of the scientific and professional community in our country and abroad around the task of studying the phenomena of childhood;
  • providing domestic and foreign psychologists and teachers with comprehensive professional information of a methodical, theoretical and methodological nature on the welfare of children, adolescents and young people;
  • providing practitioners with relevant and useful information about the possibilities of applying the evidence-based approach in the social, including educational, sphere, with technologies for scientific verification of their own practices;
  • facilitating cross-sectoral and international cooperation and intellectual exchange in the multidisciplinary field of childhood and the protection of children's rights.

Dynamism, unpredictability, information saturation, the emergence of new technologies that open up a wide range of both opportunities for development and self-realization, and create new risks - all this is rapidly changing the specifics of the social situation of the development of modern childhood. The journal will publish both population-based, longitudinal scientific research in the field of childhood, as well as research papers that help to reveal the modern portrait of a child - psychological, physiological, social, and even "digital". All these are original scientific articles, scientific surveys, scientific reviews, reception. Along with this, the journal plans to publish information on social practices, programs, projects, methods, technologies used in working with children of different categories, with proven effectiveness.

The structure of the journal includes the following basic sections.

Studies of the phenomena of modern childhood in various social sciences (research in the field of psychology, pedagogy, physiology, sociology, management, etc.) are included in the sections in accordance with the directions of science: "Developmental Psychology", "Age-related Psychology", "Educational Psychology", "Interdisciplinary Research” and others.

The section "Children's well-being" is devoted to the study of various aspects of the well-being of children, including subjective well-being, in different conditions of development and being of a child, considering it as socio-psychological phenomena.

The section “Evidence-Based Approach in the Field of Childhood” includes a description of scientifically verified practices.

The “Voice of the Child” section is devoted to research and practice of taking children's opinions into account when making decisions that affect their interests and the participation of children themselves in assessing the assistance and support provided to them. This is one of the four basic rights of the child, enshrined in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which in today's world sounds like the voice of a child, as “nothing for us without us”. The journal invites teachers, psychologists, sociologists, lawyers and other specialists, both theoreticians and practitioners, to discuss the participation of children in solving issues affecting their interests.

The section "Professional Competencies of Specialists in the Field of Childhood" is devoted to modern approaches to training and advanced training of specialists, where training is based on cases that include practices with proven effectiveness.

The section "Analytical Reviews" contains analyzes of statistical data, monitoring results in the field of childhood, federal and regional road maps, reviews of dissertation research, round tables, conferences on childhood problems. In this section, it is planned to publish various state concepts regarding systemic changes in the system of protecting children's rights. All these issues will be analyzed from the perspective of developmental needs and interests of children.

Publication of childhood research in the journal has another important purpose. Starting with the National Strategy of Action for Children interests for 2012-2017, and then with the implementation of activities within the framework of the Decade of Childhood (2018-2027) announced by the President of the Russian Federation, science has been declared one of the most important mechanisms for achieving the goals set in these documents. Only through scientific research and scientific forecasting can be set real indicators in government documents and laws can be passed about children that do not harm them or marginalize them.

Within the framework of the Decade, the task was set to create the Register of best social practices based on common indicators, therefore, publications in the journal of social practices with independent studies proving their effectiveness play the role of scientific and methodological support for development of this Register.

The journal is covered in various Russian and international indexing databases.

Certificate of registration at the National ISSN Center

Publication: Main title: Social Sciences and Childhood
Parallel title: Social sciences and childhood
Certificate of registration of mass media EL No. FS 77-77146 dated 06.11.2019
The publication is assigned the ISSN number: 2713-0584










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