Journal aims and scope
Youth Voice is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on youth policy and issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to:
- provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research;
- provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices;
- actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal.
Youth Voice Journal is published twice a year. All submissions will be subject to the normal process of peer review. The Editor-in-Chief will consider only original manuscripts not published previously or currently under consideration. All submissions should be made to T.Gavrielides@iars.org.uk at any given time during the year.
Submission & Editorial Guidelines
Young researchers and academics, students, graduates and those who are at the early stages of their career are encouraged to make a submission to the Journal. If the author is not a young person (below 27), then young people must be substantially involved in the research or be the subject of investigation. However, we aim to publish at least one paper per issue that is written by an established academic or policy maker. We also consider Book Reviews, Article Reviews and short critical pieces.
The Journal publishes original papers on youth policy matters with a particular interest in youth crime, human rights, citizenship, restorative justice and the youth-led approach to research and policy.
Each article must aim to provide critical analysis on a policy area/piece of legislation/piece of research that affects young people. Each article should address the journal’s international audience, which includes both academia and policy makers.
The review process normally takes less than 8 weeks. Your manuscript should be double-spaced, between 4,000 and 6,000 words (including tables, references, and appendices), and conform to APA format.
The title of the paper, the author’s name and affiliation should appear at the beginning of the paper. All pages of the manuscript must be numbered. Each manuscript requires an abstract of no more than 150 words as well as a brief biographical statement describing each author’s current affiliation. All manuscripts must include full correspondence details (street address, telephone, email address) of the corresponding author. Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.
References should be indicated in the text with the author’s name and year of publication in parenthesis. If there are more than two authors, all should be given on the first occasion, and then the first author “et al” should be used subsequently. All references should be given in alphabetical order on a separate sheet with titles of books and journals given in full. The APA guidelines should be followed for references to a fault.
Articles from Journals: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year) 'Title of article' Title of Periodical volume number(issue number): pages
Books: Author, A. A. (Year of publication) 'Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle' Location: Publisher
Electronic sources: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication) 'Title of article' [Online] http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/ [Accessed on date]
Other non print sources: (E. Robbins, personal communication, Jan 4, 2001).
Book Reviews & Article Reviews
The Editor-in-Chief welcomes Reviews of Books and Articles that fall within the Journal’s interest. Your Review should be double-spaced, between 800-1000 words and conform to APA format. It should include all details of the reviewed book including page numbers, ISBN and price.
Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.
Submissions are reviewed anonymously and separately by members of the Editorial Board chaired by Prof. John Winterdyk. Guest reviewers with the appropriate expertise may also be invited to review.
Acceptance of an invitation to review is taken as signifying that the reviewers consider themselves qualified to assess the submission and know of no reason why it would be inappropriate for them to comment on its quality and make a recommendation as to whether or not it should be published in the YCJ.
If, as reviewers read a submission, they realise that for any reason it is inappropriate for them to review that article, they are asked to return it to the Editor-in-Chief forthwith and another reviewer will be assigned. If reviewers, for any reason, know, or can guess, who has written an anonymous submission which they have been asked to review, they are expected to consider whether a conflict of interest is involved if they know the author to be a close friend or a previous departmental or research colleague; or where they know themselves to be prejudiced either in favour of, or against, specific perspectives, topics or authors.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders to reproduce in both print and online form those illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Permission must be obtained before submission to the publisher. The acknowledgment should be added to the typescript and the source and copyright of photographs or figures credited in the accompanying captions.
It is a condition of publication that authors vest or license copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in IARS. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the material elsewhere after publication providing that prior permission is obtained from IARS. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources. Authors whose publication has been accepted by the Journal must complete and sign the YVJ Contributors Release Form prior to the publication of their work.
Free Article Access
Corresponding authors can receive free reprints, free online access to their article through the publisher' website, and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article.
For more information contact:
The Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Theo Gavrielides T.Gavrielides@iars.org.uk
Managing Editor: Lewis Parle L.Parle@iars.org.uk