Journal of Youth and Adolescence provides a single, high-level medium of communication for psychologists, psychiatrists, biologists, criminologists, educators, and professionals in many other allied disciplines who address the subject of youth and adolescence. The journal publishes papers based on quantitative analyses, theoretical papers, and comprehensive review articles. The journal especially welcomes empirically rigorous papers that take policy implications seriously. Research need not have been designed to address policy needs, but manuscripts must address implications for the manner society formally (e.g., through laws, policies or regulations) or informally (e.g., through parents, peers, and social institutions) responds to the period of youth and adolescence. 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again.

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  • Roger J. R. Levesque
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3.121 (2019)
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4.025 (2019)
Five year impact factor
7 days
Submission to first decision
62 days
Submission to acceptance
858,424 (2019)

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  • 2020 Emerging Scholar Best Article Award

    The editors of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence have named Anna Vannucci as the 2020 recipient of its Emerging Scholar Best Article Award for her article entitled ‚ÄúSocial Media Use Subgroups Differentially Predict Psychosocial Well-Being During Early Adolescence".

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  • Call for Papers: Sexual and Reproductive Health among Marginalized and System-Involved Youth

    Marginalized and system-involved youth, including youth experiencing homelessness and youth involved with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, engage in sexual risk behaviors at higher rates and are at increased risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections than their general population peers. Yet, the literature on how to sensitively address the sexual and reproductive health needs of these youth is limited. 

    This special issue will feature empirical articles that address the sexual and reproductive health needs of marginalized and system-involved youth.

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2021

    Guest Editors: Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio, Dr. Amy Dworsky, Dr. Nadine Finnigan-Carr

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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