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Autism Resources for Parents: Periodicals/Journals

This pathfinder will share an annotated list of reference sources, indexes, databases, and other content to help users begin to conduct research on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


There are many journals, also referred to as periodicals, that provide relevant, current, and authoritative literature on autism spectrum disorder. Below are a few examples. 

Autism Research and Treatment

Autism Research & Treatment is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal. This journal publishes materials on various topics of autism, including original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies. There are several abstracting and indexing databases that make it discoverable including Academic Search Complete, EBSCO Academic Source Complete and Google Scholar to name a few. 

Research in Autism

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (RASDis a peer-reviewed, gold open access journal that acts as a hybrid journal. Some of the articles are open access while other articles incur an article processing charge to be paid to the publisher. RASD publishes quality reviews and empirical articles that contribute to a better understanding of ASD in regards to genetics, neurobiology, cognition, and behavior. The primary focus of the journal is to think of ways to take basic research and apply it to practical questions and issues that individuals with ASD and their families face every day.

Child Development Research

Child Development Research is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes original research articles and review articles in all areas of child development research. There are numerous abstracting and indexing databases that make it discoverable including but not limited to Academic Search Complete, Scopus, and Google Scholar. This journal addresses early childhood development through adolescence and examines physical and mental health.

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that focuses on all angles of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. JADD is published monthly and is dedicated to advancing the understanding of autism, including possible causes and prevalence, diagnosis advancements, education, effective clinical care, and treatment for all individuals. JADD seeks to support the welfare of children and their families by publishing scholarly papers on subjects like advocacy, health policy, legislation, and culture and society.


Autism is a peer-reviewed, international journal that provides research of direct and practical relevance to help improve the quality of life for individuals with autism or autism-related disorders. The journal focuses on research in areas including diagnosis, intervention, education, training, neuroscience, psychological processes, family issues and services, evaluation of therapies, and more.