Developmental Science
Safeguarding ethical and unbiased research practices in developmental psychology

Impactful research comes in all shapes and guises, but all too often positive and statistically significant findings take precedence in scholarly publishing.

Developmental Science is committed to the preservation and progression of developmental psychology research to better our understanding of the field. That is why Developmental Science introduced Registered Reports in 2018. The overwhelming response to this new research format shows that you, the researcher and our author, are committed to robust research methodology and accurate results, rather than chasing “headline material” stories!

Registered Reports help you communicate your findings and advance our knowledge in novel ways that focus on the theory and methodology rather than the actual results. In doing so, we embrace the real contribution of null-results and unexpected findings which often go unreported.

You are invited to use the resources below to learn more about Registered Reports and how they can enhance your developmental psychology studies and assist your published research in Developmental Science.

From the Editor: 'How we’re safeguarding psychology research'

blog imageTwo years after the introduction of Registered Reports in Developmental Science, we ask the Editors to reflect on the take up and reaction of the research community to this article type.

Michelle de Haan, Co-Editor of Developmental Science, talks about Registered Reports

MichelleLearn how Developmental Science’s introduction of Registered Reports is advancing the developmental psychology research.

transparency in research

Enhancing transparency in research reporting

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Benefits of registered reports

How do Registered Reports benefit the psychology research community?

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7 easy steps

7 easy steps to publishing a Registered Report

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Preparing your article for submission
Submitting your paper and navigating the peer review process
Understanding your open access options and available funding
Tracking your article through production
Promoting your work

Publishing as quickly and easily as possible
Publishing high quality work with expert editorial attention
Ensuring your work is seen by as many people as possible
Generating maximum impact in your research field

Meet the Registered Report Editors

Developmental Science has two dedicated Registered Reports Editors on its Board: Daniel Ansari, University of Western Ontario, Canada and Judit Gervain, Universite Paris Descartes, France.
Judit GervainJudit Gervain is a CNRS Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception in Paris. Judit has been working on early speech perceptions and language acquisition, using behavioural methods, optical brain imaging and electrophysiological measures to understand how babies learn their native languages.

1. What are you most known for in your research community?
I have been doing brain imaging, in particular near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), with newborns and young infants to uncover the origins and neural basis of language development.

2. The one benefit of Registered Reports I feel most passionate about is…
… the possibility to have research questions published and time-stamped, thus guaranteeing publication opportunity even for young or less well-funded labs, so they have the freedom to test innovative ideas even if they turn out to be empirically false.

3. What book are you reading at the moment?
In my own area, I am reading Gyorgy Buzsaki’s Rhythms of the Brain - it provides a very different perspective on the brain, anchored in physiology, than what I am used to in cognitive developmental neuroscience. I do hope one day we will be able to bridge these different approaches. As for fun, I have just re-read Salinger’s teenage classic, The Catcher in the Rye - a very developmental book, one might say. As a grown-up and having children who are slowly approaching adolescence, I have a different outlook on the book, but I was happy to discover the main ideas still resonate well with me. Maybe a sign that I have managed to keep my inner child alive!

Daniel AnsariDaniel Ansari is a developmental psychologist and developmental cognitive neuroscientist. He is currently a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and the Brain & Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, leading the Numerical Cognition Laboratory. Daniel and his team explore the developmental trajectory underlying both the typical and atypical development of numerical and mathematical skills, using both behavioral and neuroimaging methods.
  1. What are you most known for in your research community?
    For work on how children develop basic numerical competencies using both behavioral and brain-imaging methods.
  2. The one benefit of Registered Reports I feel most passionate about is…
    … reducing publication bias.
  3. What book are you reading at the moment?
    I’ve just finished 'Machines like me' by Ian McEwan


  • Appropriate and adequate theory, methodology and analysis
  • Constructive advice to help plan and conduct your study
  • Avoid errors and proceed with high-risk, high-reward science


  • Excludes bias towards statistically significant results
  • Eliminates ‘hunting’ and ‘file drawer’ issues
  • No “P-hacking”


  • A platform for replication of landmark studies
  • Limits the possibility of false positives
  • No HARKing – hypothesis must be confirmed before study begins