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Author Guidelines

Below are guidelines for submitting any type of article:

  • All manuscripts are submitted through the online system. All email communication comes from the JYD site so please ensure these mesages can get to your inbox.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) is the required style. We have transitioned to APA Manual 7th edition (see this summary of the most notable changes). APA formatting includes text (content and progressive-level headings), tables and figures. Do not use special formatting such as sidebars or highlighting.
  • Use a 12-point font and italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Use no more than three levels of headings, and place all illustrations, figures, and tables within the text at the appropriate points rather than at the end.
  • Pay close attention to APA 7 guidelines for tables and figures as well as headings and seriation or lists, and how to how to express numbers and statistics. This will help your manuscript in the review process and save time in the editing phase.
  • To improve accessibility, we ask authors to provide “alt text” (alternate text) to describe tables and figures. Please write a short summary so that those using screen readers can understand the visual. For example, "Table compares novices to experts across variables: gender, age, years employed and education level." Or, "Figure shows a model for how developmental context leads to a thriving trajectory to achieve developmental outcomes."
  • JYD manuscripts only include authors’ names, and one affiliation (at time of study) and current email address per author. Authors are individuals who were involved in preparation of the manuscript, not all individuals who may have been involved in the project or program the manuscript discusses. All authors must be entered in the metadata.
  • Before submitting a manuscript, please refer to the entire Submissions Preparation Checklist (below) for details and additional information on how to prepare your manuscript to meet the journal's requirements. Authors may wish to use this checklist during manuscript development to facilitate the writing task.


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 that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Authors have been granted approval by an institutional ethics committee for research involving human subjects, if applicable. This information does not need to be stated in the manuscript.

  3. The submission is categorized appropriately (e.g., Feature, Program Article, Research and Evaluation Strategies), meeting the article type criteria and word count described under Section Policies. Word counts do not include references, tables, and figures.

  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Because JYD follows a double-blind reviewing procedure, authors must submit a blinded manuscript without any author names and affiliations. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should be avoided.
  6. The title is 12 or fewer words and does not contain abbreviations. The title is compelling and reflective of the content. The running head has less than or equal to 50 characters, including spaces.

  7. In a single paragraph of 150- 250 words (not the first paragraph of the manuscript), the abstract describes the purpose of the manuscript, methods used, and the results and implications that can be drawn. The abstract does not include abbreviations, hyperlinks or citations. It should be able to stand on its own and focus on the original article, not the work of others.

  8. The keywords list includes no more than five words and/or phrases that reflect the content of the manuscript and are specific and user-friendly.

  9. Tables are constructed with the tables function of Microsoft Word; they are not embedded objects. Tables are necessary and are not excessively large. Ask yourself if the table is necessary to improve the reader's understanding. All tables and figures are referred to (by table/figure number) in the body of the text preceding the table. Each table has a title placed above and outside the table, under the table number. Do not use colors; the JYD template has its own color scheme. For any table or figure that is reproduced or adapted from a copyrighted source, an appropriate acknowledgment is included. Alt text is provided to describe tables/figures for those using screen readers.

  10. Entries in the References section are left-aligned, not indented, and single-spaced, with one line of space between entries. If a reference listing has a DOI include the DOI following this format: Every in-text citation must be included in the references and every reference citation must be cited in the text. 

  11. It can be difficult to secure reviewers, which can lengthen the publication process. To assist, please provide the names and emails of several potential reviewers in the Comments field (avoid colleagues, friends or project partners).
  12. Authors have obtained any necessary written permission for use of copyrighted material contained within the article. Authors agree to the Journal of Youth Development Copyright Notice below.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. The Author retains copyright in the Work, where the term “Work” shall include all digital objects that may result in subsequent electronic publication or distribution.
  2. Upon acceptance of the Work, the author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.
  3. The Author shall grant to the Publisher and its agents the nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, and make accessible the Work in whole or in part in all forms of media now or hereafter known under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License or its equivalent, which, for the avoidance of doubt, allows others to copy, distribute, and transmit the Work under the following conditions:
    1. Attribution—other users must attribute the Work in the manner specified by the author as indicated on the journal Web site;
    with the understanding that the above condition can be waived with permission from the Author and that where the Work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  4. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the Work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  5. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post online a prepublication manuscript (but not the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version of the Work) in institutional repositories or on their Websites prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Any such posting made before acceptance and publication of the Work shall be updated upon publication to include a reference to the Publisher-assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and a link to the online abstract for the final published Work in the Journal.
  6. Upon Publisher’s request, the Author agrees to furnish promptly to Publisher, at the Author’s own expense, written evidence of the permissions, licenses, and consents for use of third-party material included within the Work, except as determined by Publisher to be covered by the principles of Fair Use.
  7. The Author represents and warrants that:
    1. the Work is the Author’s original work;
    2. the Author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party;
    3. the Work is not pending review or under consideration by another publisher;
    4. the Work has not previously been published;
    5. the Work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the Work or property of other authors or third parties; and
    6. the Work contains no libel, invasion of privacy, or other unlawful matter.
  8. The Author agrees to indemnify and hold Publisher harmless from Author’s breach of the representations and warranties contained in Paragraph 6 above, as well as any claim or proceeding relating to Publisher’s use and publication of any content contained in the Work, including third-party content.

Revised 7/16/2018. Revision Description: Removed outdated link. 


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