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Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
The article presents 30-year bibliometrical results on trends in the scope, internationality, and impact of the "International Journal of Behavioral Development" ("IJBD") from its inception in 1978 to 2007. Bibliometric data were collected using the databases PsycINFO and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), and the "IJBD" itself. In comparison to other journals on developmental psychology, the special features of "IJBD" include its frequent publications of research on mother-child relations, childhood development, cross-cultural studies, and longitudinal studies, an increasing multinationality of authorships (from 52 countries) and citations as well as increasing international citation rates (impact) since 1990. Uncitedness of articles published in "IJBD" is comparably low. The h-index for all articles published in "IJBD" between 1978 and 2007 ranges between 8 and 27.