Call for article submissions: Special issue - Child wellbeing

Co-Editors: Aaron Jarden and Susannah Stevens


The International Journal of Wellbeing (IJW) in conjunction with the Child Well-being Research Institute (CWRI), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is seeking proposals for a special issue on Child Wellbeing. This special issue will provide cutting-edge and topical research into the multifaceted and complex topic of child wellbeing. The purpose of this IJW special issue is to maximise the dissemination and accessibility of innovative and high-quality research to people working with children.


For the parameters of this special issue, ‘child wellbeing’ refers to prenatal and maternal wellbeing, postnatal wellbeing, infant wellbeing, child wellbeing and youth/adolescent wellbeing up until the age of 20. This includes both individual and relational wellbeing, as we acknowledge that children are not in isolation from their family and socio-ecological context. This approach aligns with New Zealand’s Child Wellbeing Strategy[1] and the direction of the governmental Child Wellbeing Unit in New Zealand, initiated and led by Prime Minister Honorable Jacinda Ardern in 2018. This special issue welcomes international submissions that amalgamate philosophical, sociological, psychological, pedagogical, indigenous, or economic research paradigms. These type of interdisciplinary, praxis focused submissions are preferred, however first-rate submissions from a singular paradigm will also be considered.


The journal is specifically looking for article submissions that align with the CWRI’s four themes of child wellbeing research. Please note, both the IJW and the CWRI consider wellbeing holistic, and therefore these themes should not be considered exclusive or isolated from one another; rather guiding sub-groups for submission and research interests only. We acknowledge there will be overlap, so when submitting please identify the area that is the best fit for your article submission.


  1. Learning success. These papers will provide research that centres on educational growth and development of the child with regards to wellbeing. Topics may include but are not limited to; children's self-concept and learning success; wellbeing in a school or early childhood education environment; cultural identity, learning success and wellbeing; or research related to health and education data sharing to promote children's learning success and wellbeing.
  2. Nutrition and physical wellbeing. These papers will provide research that concerns nutritional wellbeing, health models, physical education, physical activity and wellbeing, health promotion, maternal wellbeing, critical or ethical issues pertaining to child nutrition or physical wellbeing.
  3. Child population health and wellbeing. These papers will provide research on child populations. Topics could include, but are not limited to; community level intervention, cultural studies, big data analysis, public policy or economic impact analysis.
  4. Social and emotional wellbeing. These papers will provide insight into two under-researched and pivotal areas into child wellbeing. The type of topics may include, but are not limited to; living a good life, subjective wellbeing, mental health, mindfulness, positive psychology, indigenous wellbeing, or relational wellbeing.


Your article submission should include:

  • The theme of the article submission from the options outlined above (1,2,3, or 4).
  • An up to 250-word Bio for each author and their author details.
  • The completed article that meets the IJW formatting guidelines (stipulated below) and contains;
    • No more than 6000 words (not including references).
    • An articulation of how your discipline or interdisciplinary perspective perceives and conceives 'wellbeing'; and a working definition of 'wellbeing' within your article.


IJW formatting guidelines:

Your article submission formatting should include the prefatory information and be structured in the following manner.




Author/s and authors institutions:

Abstract (250 words max):

Overall key findings or contribution to knowledge (70 words max):


Please visit the IJW website for examples of formatting.


Please note, this special issue call for article submissions does not wish to exclude alternative proposals or non-article submissions; therefore please enquire to the editorial team about your unique idea or unconventional submission to this special issue. Questions are welcome, as are early submissions. However, no article submissions will be formally accepted until the deadline. 


Article submissions should be emailed to with the subject line “Submission for IJW & CWRI Special Issue – Theme [no.]” Please insert the theme number that best suits your submission.



March 30th 2019             Articles submissions due (see instructions above for) 

May 6th 2019                 Acceptance, or acceptance subject to reviewer recommendations sent to authors. 

May 31st 2019                   Final articles due with amendments or revisions complete.


Please note: The Special Issue will go to print approximately June 2019.