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Youth & Society

Youth & Society

eISSN: 15528499 | ISSN: 0044118X | Current volume: 56 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Youth & Society is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that focuses on issues related to the 10-24 year old population. We are interested in both U.S. and global adolescent populations. We do not publish studies with sampling from university students. Although the adolescent period is the focus of the journal, transitional issues from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to adulthood are also of interest. Relevant topics include a wide array of issues ranging from individual level factors to policy concerns pertinent to adolescence. We are particularly interested in the social, contextual, and political factors that influence healthy and harmful adolescent development. We are open to a range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The journal includes studies from diverse disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Criminology
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science

Youth & Society is published 8 times a year. We provide researchers, educators, counselors, and policy makers with the latest research and scholarship in this dynamic field. The journal is a valuable resource that examines critical contemporary issues and presents both theoretical and applied information that is vital to those studying and working with adolescence. We also publish theme issues and sections devoted to special topics that are particularly germane for the field.

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

Youth & Society has provided educators, counselors, researchers, and policy makers with the latest research and scholarship in this dynamic field for over forty years, This valuable resource examines critical contemporary issues and provides useful practical information for studying and working with 10-24 year olds. The journal, published 8 times per year, features peer-reviewed empirical and review articles written by distinguished scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and fields, including: sociology, psychology, public health, social work, education, criminology, anthropology, human services, and political science.

Marc Zimmerman University of Michigan, USA
Editorial Board
Sabrina Arredondo Mattson University of Colorado, USA
Lisa Buckley University of Queensland, Australia
Michael Cunningham Tulane University, USA
Bernadette Hohl University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jonathan Jay Boston University, USA
Maury Nation Vanderbilt University, USA
Anthony Peguero Arizona State University
Sonali Rajan Teachers College at Columbia University, USA
Rebeccah Sokol University of Michigan, USA
Terri Sullivan Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Jorge Varela Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
Jin-Liang Wang Southwest University, China
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    The manuscript, including captions, tables, and references, must be typed double-spaced with 1-inch margins in a 12-point font. Manuscripts should not exceed 7,000 words of text. They should include a cover sheet noting title, authors, authors’ contact information and institutional affiliations. An abstract of 100-150 words, followed by 3 or more keywords, must be included with all submissions. All manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). All citation should be done in American Psychological Association (APA) style with reference list organized in alphabetical order by author. Please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (most recent edition) for specific citation and reference list instructions. Submission to Youth & Society implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by another journal.

    We do not publish appendices or photographs of any kind. In addition, we do not use footnotes. All relevant information should be included in the text, tables, or figures.

    All submissions should be entered into our manuscript web-based tracking system at:

    Manuscripts will be assigned a manuscript number, and authors will receive email confirmation acknowledging receipt of submission. Inquiries for the journal should be directed to:


    Each submitted manuscript will be reviewed in the editorial office to determine appropriateness for the journal. Manuscripts sent out for external review will be sent to three reviewers for evaluation. Decisions may be made with fewer reviewers to insure timely editorial decisions. Every effort will be made to provide authors responses within three months and no more than six months from submission.

    Terminology. Authors are asked not to use the term subjects when referring to research participants. Alternative terms such as respondents, research participants, or some other more specific designation (e.g., youths, females, residents) should be used.

    Samples. All samples should be between 10 and 24 years old, and should not consist of college undergraduates.

    Tables and Figures. All tables should be cited sequentially in text, numbered, and supplied with explanatory captions. Table columns should have explanatory headings. Tables should be included at the end of the document. Tables and figures should not be typed within the body of the manuscript. All figures must be cited in the text, numbered, and supplied with a caption. No more than a total of 4 tables and figures should be used in manuscripts.

    Submissions in English. All manuscripts should be in English. Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    Proofs will be supplied to authors to check the accuracy of typesetting and copyediting. Authors may be charged for excessive alterations to the proofs.

    Copyright Agreement. Since January 1978 a new U.S. copyright law became effective requiring explicit transfer of copyright from authors to the publisher (Sage). The Youth & Society copyright agreement form must be signed by each author before we can publish their manuscript. The copyright agreement only needs to be signed by the authors once the paper is accepted for publication.

    It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission and defray all fees for the use of any quotes over 300 words from previously published academic material; non-original photographs, figures, or tables or any portion thereof, exclusive of data; and quotes of any length from newspapers, magazines, poems, songs, and anything broadcast over radio or television. Without a copy of written permission on file with the publisher, the quote cannot be used.''

    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. 

    We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs 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. We collect ORCID iDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID iD then becomes 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.


    Youth & Society may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    Visit the Sage Journals and Preprints page for more details about preprints.

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