Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JYD is an open-access, peer-reviewed, quarterly online publication dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research. JYD serves applied researchers and evaluators as well as practitioners who work in youth-serving organizations or the intermediaries that support them. Both special issues -- which focus on a shared topic -- and standard issues contain the types of articles outlined below.

 

Section Policies

Feature Articles

Feature Articles (2000-5000 words) are informational, explanatory, or critical analysis and interpretation of major trends or comprehensive reviews. Articles include clear implications for youth development practice and programming and may be grounded in original research or new research from the relevant disciplines.

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Program Articles

Program Articles (1500-4000 words) discuss programs and outcomes or describe promising programs and pilot projects that have clear implications for youth development research, practice, and programming.  These programs and projects are grounded with a strong research-base or theoretical framework.

Editors
  • Maria Guzman
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Research and Evaluation Strategies

Research and Evaluation Strategies (1500-4000 words) describe innovative methodologies and strategies in the collection and analysis of quantitative or qualitative research and evaluation data.

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Resource Reviews

Resource Reviews (300-800 words) offer youth development practitioners an avenue to share their perspective and insights on new, useful tools for enhancing youth development work.  Reviewers should provide a critical analyses of books, curricula, videos, simulations, games, websites, apps, new technologies or other tools that may be helpful to youth development professionals at any level—administrators, middle management or frontline staff.  Resources with an international focus on youth development are also appropriate.  The value and limitations of the resources should be noted by the reviewer. Readers should gain a clear idea of how this resource may be used by a youth development practitioner. The materials under review must be thoroughly identified, including author, publisher date of publication, and information on how to obtain a copy of the materials.  Resource review submissions are peer reviewed by the section editor.

Editors
  • Kirk Astroth
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Thought Leader Commentary

Thought Leader Commentaries (1000-1500 words) feature special commentary by leading figures in the field of youth development. These leaders are invited to reflect on a topic and share their thoughts on where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go related to practice, research and policy. Thought Leader Commentaries are peer reviewed by the section editor.

Editors
  • Dale Blyth
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Peer Review Process

JYD uses a double-blind peer-review process, in which reviewers do not know the identity of the authors, and the identity of the reviewers is not revealed to the authors. JYD aims to complete the review process and provide feedback to authors within twelve weeks of submission.

Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal review, typically to two or three reviewers. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice, from among several possibilities:

  • Decline - this manuscript should not be accepted for publication
  • Resubmit for Review - this manuscript needs majoy revision and further review
  • Revisions Required - this manuscript shoudl be accepted with minor revisions
  • Accept - this manuscript should be published as submitted

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:

“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...