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IDDRC special issue

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders has served as the home for NICHD’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) Network’s annual publication since 2018. Each year, this special issue focuses on a theme carefully selected by the Network based on its significance to the field, timeliness, and representativeness of ongoing major efforts led by the IDDRCs. Each issue includes peer-reviewed manuscripts that span a range of disciplines, methods, and populations and include review papers, research articles, and a commentary developed by guest editors chosen to lead the selected issue. The commentary and each of the manuscripts published as part of the IDDRC special issues can be found through the links below:
2023: Etiological heterogeneity, pleiotropy, and polygenicity in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs) (Edited by Hyejung Won, Jessica Girault and Olivia Veatch)
2022: Computational Biology and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Edited by Daifeng Wang and John Pruett)
2021: Interventions in autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders (Edited by Len Abbeduto and Mustafa Sahin)
2020: Role of the environment in neurodevelopmental disorders (Edited by Margaret Sheridan and Heather Volk)
2019: White matter and neurodevelopmental disorders; in memory of Jean de Vellis (Edited by Heather Cody Hazlett and Vittorio Gallo)
2018: Developmental cognitive neuroscience and neurodevelopmental disorders (Edited by Shafali Spurling Jeste and Charles Nelson)



Jacob Vorstman, MD, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada

Aims and scope

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is an open access journal that integrates current, cutting-edge research across a number of disciplines, including neurobiology, genetics, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology. The journal’s primary focus is on the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Turner Syndrome, 22q Deletion Syndrome, Prader-Willi and Angelman Syndrome, Williams syndrome, lysosomal storage diseases, dyslexia, specific language impairment and fetal alcohol syndrome. With the discovery of specific genes underlying neurodevelopmental syndromes, the emergence of powerful tools for studying neural circuitry, and the development of new approaches for exploring molecular mechanisms, interdisciplinary research on the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders is now increasingly common. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides a unique venue for researchers interested in comparing and contrasting mechanisms and characteristics related to the pathogenesis of the full range of neurodevelopmental disorders, sharpening our understanding of the etiology and relevant phenotypes of each condition.

Article collections

Thematic series
FMR1 premutation
Edited by: Randi Hagerman, Paul Hagerman, and Flora Tassone

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Archival content

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders transferred from Springer to BioMed Central in 2012, becoming a fully open access journal. To view the journal's content prior to this transition, please see SpringerLink.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    4.9 - 2-year Impact Factor
    5.2 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.393 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    1.380 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    15 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    185 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage
    459 Altmetric mentions