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eISSN: 17413222 | ISSN: 11033088 | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 5 Times/Year

YOUNG is an international scholarly journal of youth research, which seeks to publish innovative and outstanding theoretical, textual, and empirical research on the life situation of young people. The journal has an interdisciplinary profile and welcomes original articles that integrate perspectives from different approaches and research traditions. YOUNG is a peer-reviewed, Gold Open Access journal.

YOUNG has earned its reputation as a journal at the forefront of the field of youth studies. Truly international, the journal is devoted to advancing thinking about contemporary youth and the issues that impact on young people’s lives. Its interdisciplinary nature ensures that it features articles that advance thinking about youth studies, challenge orthodoxies and open up understanding of diverse young lives. – Professor Johanna Wyn, FAcSS, ASSA, Director, Youth Research Centre, The University of Melbourne 

YOUNG is the main academic forum for truly interdisciplinary youth research, covering among other areas sociological, anthropological, educational and media studies perspectives on youth, youth cultures and questions related to young people more generally. An indispensable read for anyone interested in the research area.’ —Göran Bolin, Södertörn University, Sweden

‘Already its first volume back in 1993 empowered youth studies by making innovative interdisciplinary and transnational moves that remain vital to the contemporary research agenda.’ —Johan Fornäs, Södertörn University, Sweden

''Sub-titled the 'Nordic Journal of Youth Research', YOUNG does much more than give space to the very well-established expertise in youth research found in the Nordic countries. To me, YOUNG is one of only a very few journals that can be relied upon so consistently to publish new, critical research and theory about youth and young people that is important internationally.'— Prof. Robert MacDonald BA DPhil FAcSS, Professor of Sociology/ Deputy Director - Social Futures Institute School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University Middlesbrough UK.

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YOUNG is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at     

The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

YOUNG is an international scholarly journal of youth research, which seeks to publish innovative and outstanding theoretical, textual, and empirical research on the life situation of young people. The journal has an interdisciplinary profile and welcomes original articles that integrate perspectives from different approaches and research traditions. YOUNG was established in 1993 by youth researchers in the Nordic region. Since then the journals’ scope has extended and welcomes contributions from all over the world.

The aim of YOUNG is to bring young people’s experiences to the centre of analysis with a view to strengthening and promoting multidisciplinary, contemporary and historical youth research with an international perspective. The journal is a forum for critical discussion and encourages submission of papers from all countries and contexts.

YOUNG welcomes manuscripts between 5000 and 8000 words and all submissions are subject to peer review through a double-blind reviewing process.

Coordinating Editor
Malin Fransberg Finnish Youth Research Society, Helsinki, Finland
Managing Editor
Antti Kivijärvi The Finnish Youth Research Society, Helsinki, Finland
Book Review Editor
Nadezhda Vasileva Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland
Kalle Berggren Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
Shane Blackman Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Gemma Commane School of Media, Birmingham City University, UK
Lars Roar Frøyland Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Ann-Karina Henriksen Copenhagen University College, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Lihong Huang Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Christer Hyggen Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Magnus Kilger Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hannah King Department of Sociology, University of Durham, UK
Maria Klingenberg Uppsala University, Sweden
Yana Krupets Department of Sociology and Centre for Youth Studies, HSE University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Jeanette Østergaard VIVE – The Danish Centre of Applied Social Research, Denmark
International Advisory Board
Göran Bolin Södertörn University, Sweden
Les Back Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom
Vinod Chandra Lucknow University, India
Carmen Leccardi University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Sunaina Maira University of California, Davis, USA
Anne Scott Sørensen University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Lucia Rabello de Castro Uni. Rio de Janeiro
Carles Feixa Pàmpols Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Ann Phoenix University College London, UK
Karen Valentin University of Aarhus, Denmark
Johanna Wyn University of Melbourne, Australia
Siyka Kovacheva University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Pun Ngai The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Christopher T Conner University of Missouri, USA
Dorothy Tukahabwa University of Rwanda, Republic of Rwanda
Mengyao Jiang Qingdao University, China
Mounir Saidani Tunis Al-Manar University, Republic of Tunisia
Adrian Scribano University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Madgerie Jameson-Charles University of The West Indies, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Claire Paterson-Young University of Northampton, United Kingdom
Hernan Cuervo University of Melbourne, Australia
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  • YOUNG Flip Announcement

    From January 2023, YOUNG will become a fully Gold Open Access journal. All articles published in an issue from 2023 will be published under a Creative Commons licence and available worldwide, with readers having barrier-free access to the full-text articles immediately upon publication.

    This transition is happening because a high proportion of the journal has become open access through Transformative Agreements. For authors that are currently eligible for an Open Access Agreement at your institution with Sage, there will be no change, your article will be published open access in the same way as before, at either no direct cost to you or at a deeply discounted rate, depending on the agreement with Sage.

    For authors not eligible for a Sage Open Access Agreement, the article processing charge (APC) is $500.

    Guidelines for Contributors to YOUNG

    We invite youth researchers to contribute scientific articles and book reviews. Submission of original articles is open to all active youth researchers working in the social sciences and related areas. We may occasionally publish articles that have been previously published in other languages. In such cases, the articles go through the standard review process, and are required to be reworked.

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors. Those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal and fit within its aims and scope will be submitted for peer review through a double-blind reviewing process. Authors submitting manuscripts can have only one submission in process at any one time (as sole or first author).

    To meet the criteria of YOUNG, the manuscript is required to have relevance for youth research field and engage in youth research literature. The manuscripts are expected to present a clear argument and have originality and value for the scientific discussion. Empirical contributions are expected to be methodologically rigorous.

    Publication Ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    Guidelines for submissions

    Manuscripts are submitted online via the YOUNG Sage Trackwebsite at

    Each manuscript should contain:

    • Title page with full title and subtitle (if any). Provide the names, affiliation and full contact details for each author, plus a short biographical note (50–100 words). Make sure that the manuscript is fully anonymized throughout the text.
    • Abstract of 100–150 words.
    • Up to 10 key words.
    • Main text and word count – suggested target is 5000–8000 words for articles including abstract and references, and 1000 words for book reviews. Text should be clearly organized, with only two levels of headings (no letters or numbers in the headings), and quotations exceeding 40 words intended.
    • End notes should be kept to a minimum and should be signaled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text, before the references.
    • Young adheres to the APA 7th edition reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Tables: Tables should be typed on separate sheets and their position indicated by a note in the text. All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes and their source(s) typed below the tables.

    Illustrations:All line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures' and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively. Line diagrams should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction (i.e. not requiring redrawing). They should be reproducible to a final printed text area of 190 mm x 120 mm. Images should be supplied as TIFF or JPEG files at high resolution. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet.
    Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Permission letters must be supplied to Sage Publications.

    Style:Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon and acronyms. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she. Use as few italics as possible. Do not italicize foreign words or repeated foreign vocabulary.

    Spellings: UK or US spellings may be used with '-ize' spellings as given in the Oxford English Dictionary (e.g. organize, recognize).

    Punctuation:Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Present dates in the form 1 May 1998. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).

    Copyright:Before publication authors are requested to assign copyright to Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group, subject to retaining their right to reuse the material in other publications written or edited by themselves and due to be published preferably at least one year after initial publication in the Journal.

    Reviews:YOUNG includes a section in which books and other significant contributions to the field are reviewed. This includes both essay length and shorter contributions. Suggested target is up to 1000 words for book reviews. Books for review and manuscripts of book reviews should be sent to Nadezhda Vasileva, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University [email: ]


    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    Guidelines for YOUNG special issues

    Calls for special issues are always open for all researchers wishing to contribute.

    Proposals for special issues are evaluated by the editors of YOUNG based on the vision for the journal as a key publication in the area of youth studies. Potential guest editors should submit a proposal of maximum 2 pages demonstrating (see also previous calls for special issues for inspiration):

    • An interdisciplinary approach,
    • An international appeal that fosters dialogue between minority and majority worlds,
    • Theoretical commitment and empirical sophistication in the field of youth studies,
    • Attracting contributions from both early career researchers and established researchers,
    • Attracting contributions that provide high impact and wide interest to enhance the profile and research engagement of the journal,
    • Contributions that theoretically and empirically address change and the emergent policies and practice that have an impact upon young people’s lives.

    YOUNG will assign 1–3 YOUNG editors to the special issue who will work on the issue with the guest editors.

    Guest editors are encouraged to write an introductory editorial for their special issue of no more than 3,000 words. The editorial will be reviewed by one or two YOUNG editors. Guest editors cannot publish their own work in the special issue.

    Special issues will contain a maximum of 5 articles. Both YOUNG editors and guest editors are responsible for decisions on inclusion of manuscripts in the special issue. However, YOUNG editors make the final choice on articles and the order of the articles in the special issue. A potential surplus of articles passing the review process will be offered publication in regular issues of YOUNG.

    Authors should submit full papers, not work in progress or abstracts. However, the author(s) can contact editors to discuss the relevance of the planned article prior to submission.

    Authors should clearly state that they wish to publish in the special issue. Submissions must follow the journal guidelines and be submitted for review via the YOUNG SageTrack website at This means that all manuscripts are reviewed initially by YOUNG editors and the special issue guest editors. Those special issue papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal and fit within the aims and scope of the journal and of the special issue will be submitted for peer review through a double-blind reviewing process. Reviewers are selected by both guest editors and YOUNG editors. The names of persons who have accepted to review will only be known by the internal editors, however, in order not to break with YOUNG’s policy of anonymity of reviewers.

    Special issues are normally published around a year from the date on which call for papers is published. However, publication time of the special issue also depends on the smoothness of the review process and on the journal’s pipeline of other articles and other special issues. YOUNG publishes a maximum of two special issues per year, and never two after each other.

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