Author guidelines

The Journal of Applied Youth Studies consider papers that are based on:

  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • literature reviews
  • descriptions and/or evaluations of programs and practices

In preparing submissions, please:

  • comply with the submission preparation checklist requirements (see below)
  • consider the wide readership and keep the writing style straightforward and accessible
  • use a minimum number of tables and figures; do not include statistical formulas in the text. An endnote can direct readers to the authors for more technical information
  • avoid the use of long quotations and specialist academic jargon
  • limit word length to 5000 words (including references, tables and headings)
  • consult the Style manual: For authors, editors and printers (5th or 6th edition) on issues of style
  • limit references for any group citation to no more than four or five. Where available, URLs for references have been provided.
  • format paper, including references and citations, as outlined in the JAYS style guide. Papers that do not conform to the guide will be returned to the authors for reformatting prior to review
  • the text is single-spaced; employs italics, rather than underlining, and has no more than three levels of headings. Any illustrations and/or figures are high-resolution print-ready images. Any tables are text-based, as they will be reformatted.

Further submission conditions

  • Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal.
  • Anyone requesting permission from the Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc. to reprint papers will be required to seek the author’s permission as well as the permission of the Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc.
  • A minimum turnaround time of four months is required for the review process. Papers may be submitted at any time of the year as a continuous review process is used.
  • Contributors’ business-hours email and phone addresses may be included in Journal of Applied Youth Studies media releases so that journalists may arrange interviews directly.

Submission preparation checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. All authors must read the Journal of Applied Youth Studies licence agreement and complete and return the signed agreement with their submission.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor).
  3. The submission includes a short abstract, and, for each author, a short biographical statement, name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined above.
  5. The text has been formatted for blind review. For further information, see, for example, Ensuring a Blind Review.

Submission address

The manuscript should be submitted in electronic form to:

Editor, Journal of Applied Youth Studies

The signed licence agreement (pages 2–4) should be mailed to:

The Editor, Journal of Applied Youth Studies
Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc.
PO Box 5011 UTAS LPO
Sandy Bay TAS Australia 7005

Copyright notice

pdf version

Journal of Applied Youth Studies authors retain copyright of their original material but grant an exclusive license to The Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc. to publish the work and communicate it to the public. Authors are free to archive their versions of pre-print and post-print as open access on an institutional repository, but not the published version (i.e. the Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc. edited, proofread, typeset and designed version that is published in hard copy and online). The Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc. holds copyright of their contribution to that version, and an exclusive right to subsequently publish the work in hard copy or online publications such as collections.

The Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc. allows archiving of the published version but only as a secure (restricted) pdf on the author’s institutional repository and only after the author has requested permission to archive that version. The archiving of this version must include:

  • acknowledgment that permission was received to archive the published version;
  • the origin of the material, including volume, edition and date of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies journal from which the paper has been sourced; and
  • a notice that copyright of the editing of the published version (and therefore interests in the entire pdf version) is held by the Centre for Applied Youth Research Inc.

All authors are required to complete, sign and return the Journal of Applied Youth Studies licence agreement at the time of submission.

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