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Youth Studies Australia is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal and is 'B' rated in the ranked journal list of the Australian Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative. We welcome papers on all aspects of Australasian young people (see: YSA subject index for a list of general subject areas). The journal aims to present youth issues and research in a way that is accessible and reader-friendly, but which retains scholarly integrity. Papers are reviewed internally, then peer-reviewed if they pass internal review. Peer review is optional for papers submitted to the column ‘Practice Notes’, which contains articles of particular relevance to practitioners working directly with young people.

Contributors are required to read the Author guidelines (below) prior to submitting papers. Contributors are encouraged to also read the Review report form and to familiarise themselves with the style and content of the journal.  A list of our consulting editors is available.

Submission deadlines

Youth Studies Australia uses a rolling system for submissions, but deadlines for consideration for each issue are provided. Papers received after the deadline for each issue will be processed for the following edition. The dates for this year are:

Issue Deadline
March 2011 Monday 13 December 2010
June 2011 Monday 14 March 2011
September 2011 Monday 13 June 2011

The December 2010 issue is a special issue that will feature papers from New Zealand. Papers submitted after 14 June 2010 will be considered for the March 2011 issue of Youth Studies Australia

Author guidelines

We consider papers that are based on:

  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • literature reviews
  • descriptions and/or evaluations of programs and practices

To minimise the possibility of rejection at the internal review stage, authors should be familiar with the following factors. In preparing submissions, please:

  • consider the wide readership and keep the writing style straightforward and accessible
  • do not include statistical formulas in the text. An endnote can direct readers to the authors for more technical information
  • avoid the use of long quotations and specialist academic jargon
  • limit word length to 4,000 words (including references, tables and headings)
  • supply the manuscript in Word™ with no more than three levels of headings
  • consult the Style manual: For authors, editors and printers (5th or 6th edition) on issues of style
  • limit references for any group citation to no more than four or five
  • format paper, including references and citations, as outlined in the YSA style guide. Papers that do not conform to the guide will be returned to the authors for reformatting prior to review.
  • use a minimum number of tables and figures, and include data in a form that can be accessed by the YSA graphic designer
  • include a short abstract, and, for each author, a short biographical statement, name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, fax number and email address
  • read the information regarding the peer review in the Reviewer report form.

Submission conditions

  • Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal.
  • YSA will not consider manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another journal.
  • Manuscripts should not have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should contact the editor.
  • Copyright of manuscript text, as submitted to Youth Studies Australia, remains with the author. Youth Studies Australia holds the copyright for the typeset and graphically designed version as it appears in the journal and for any electronic or hard copy reproduction by the Publisher, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, based on that version.
  • ACYS reserves the right to collect copying fees. Anyone requesting permission from ACYS to reprint papers will be required to seek the author's permission as well as the permission of ACYS.
  • A minimum turnaround time of four months is required for the review process. Papers may be submitted at any time of the year as a continuous review process is used.

Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form to:
Sue Headley
Editor, Youth Studies Australia
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 64
Hobart Tasmania 7001
Email: Susan.Headley [AT]