Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development is a refereed journal. Contributions are published on an ongoing basis. The journal's mission is to move beyond our borders to improve accessibility, inclusion, relationship building, international networking, and early childhood knowledge dissemination and exchange.


The journal’s mandate is to:

1. Bring together the largest possible international community of culturally and linguistically diverse people concerned with early learning and development.

2. Get information into the hands of those who have been marginalized (i.e. those without access to library databases) and provide an open forum for them to share ideas and information.

3. Improve knowledge translation (translating early childhood research into practice and helping practice inform research).

4. Promote the fundamental rights of every child (under UNESCO’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, retrievable at http://www.unesco.org/education/pdf/CHILD_E.PDF).

5. Facilitate the dissemination of knowledge promoting early learning and development as:

  • Child-centered: focused on each child’s unique personal qualities.
  • Holistic: recognizing the interconnected nature of factors contributing to children’s early learning and development.
  • Ecological: situating the child amid spheres of influential environmental systems (family, peers, school, community, neighbors, social services, mass media, cultural ideologies, etc.).  
  • Developmentally appropriate: grounded in research on how children optimally develop and learn.


IJHELD features research articles written in accessible language, reports, reviews, essays, opinion pieces, and poetry promoting early years (birth to approximately age 8) learning and development.


Children stand to benefit through facilitated communication and collaboration between all those concerned with young children’s learning and development. IJHELD aspires to be a meeting place for practitioners (families, caregivers, educators, service providers), researchers, policymakers, advocates, representatives of non-governmental and non-academic organizations, and members of the public to connect and share research, information and perspectives promoting children’s emotional, social, and cognitive development and wellbeing.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

To ensure that submissions meet the journal’s mandate, they undergo a process of blind review by at least two members of the editorial board.


Publication Frequency


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.