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We welcome previously unpublished editorial contributions. Preference is for research- or practice-based articles on issues relating to Australian or New Zealand youth.

Intending contributors should thoroughly familiarise themselves with the journal before submitting papers.

Author guidelines

Youth Studies Australia welcomes contributions on all aspects of youth but may actively seek articles focusing on particular themes, such as Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and CALD youth. The journal aims to present youth issues and research in a way that is accessible and reader-friendly, but which retains scholarly integrity. All papers are reviewed internally, and academic articles are peer-reviewed, if they pass internal review.

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
  • ensure word length does not exceed 5,000 words (including references, tables and headings)
  • supply the manuscript in Word? in normal style only
  • 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
  • supply the bibliography in EndNote?. If this is not possible, the references should conform to the author?date system outlined in the Style manual
  • include data with tables and figures so they can be recreated by the YSA compositor
  • include a short abstract, and, for each author, a short biographical statement, name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, fax number and email address.
  • submit the manuscript in electronic (email or CD) and hard copy form to Sue Headley, Editor, Youth Studies Australia, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 64, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, email: [email protected]

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 YSA, 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.


The editors welcome questions from authors who are considering submitting a paper to Youth Studies Australia. Send any such questions to the editor, Sue Headley.

If you are considering writing a research paper, feel free to contact the editor about your proposed paper.

Intending authors are encouraged to read the author guidelines and the reviewer guidelines.

Youth Studies Australia welcomes contributions from researchers, academics and postgraduate students on all aspects of Australasian youth. 

Reviewer guidelines

Youth Studies Australia aims to provide up-to-date research and practice information for people working in the youth field. Youth Studies Australia encourages authors to communicate to a wide, often non-academic, audience. Papers that have been peer reviewed for Youth Studies Australia may therefore differ in appearance and length from those in traditional scholarly journals, but must nevertheless meet similar criteria.

Contributors are asked to write to a word length of no more than 5,000 words (including references and headings); therefore, background reading and the methodology or "science" need to be summarised very succinctly. Authors are encouraged to focus on findings, discussion, implications and recommendations. While the authors' demonstration of knowledge of the literature is very important, it need not be unnecessarily expansive. The space available should be used to "advance" knowledge of the issue or subject; with common knowledge accepted as "given".

Reviewers are asked to answer the following questions:

  1. Does the paper reflect a knowledge of substantive issues in the area of youth studies?
  2. Does the research, review or argument that forms the basis of the paper conform to standards acceptable to the particular field of study?
  3. Do the conclusions represent a logical interpretation of the authors' research or review?
  4. Do the authors discuss other relevant research or literature? Is this reflected in the literature sourced? (Please take into account the space priorities described above.)
  5. Does the paper constitute a substantial contribution to the body of knowledge on the subject?
  6. Are the content and the style of the paper suitable for a wide, often non-academic, audience?
  7. Do you think that the paper is likely to be cited?
  8. What is your opinion of the suitability of the paper for the peer-reviewed journal Youth Studies Australia?

Reviewers are asked to consider the following in their comments:

  • the originality of the material,
  • the appropriateness of approach and design,
  • the policy implications and/or relevancy of the material, and
  • the effectiveness of figures and tables.1

Reviewers may also make specific comments on the manuscript. We ask reviewers not to correct deficiencies in style or mistakes in grammar, but they are encouraged to identify any unclear, repetitive or ambiguous passages, and any need for reorganising content or condensing particular passages. After peer review, if the paper is accepted, the manuscript will be edited for style, grammar, spelling and construction by the editorial staff.

We use a "blind" review system in that the author is not identified to the reviewers and the reviewers are not identified to the author. However, anonymous reviewer comments may be forwarded to the author(s). If you wish to direct comments to the editor only, please include a separate note labelled 'For the editor only'.

We ask reviewers to distinguish between revisions considered essential and those considered desirable. In addition, because editorial decisions are usually based on evaluations derived from several sources, reviewers should not expect the editor to act on every recommendation. Please note that the decision to accept or reject a paper will be made by the in-house editorial team.

1: Sections of this document have been adapted from the Health Care Financing Review.


The editor welcomes questions from authors who are considering submitting a paper to Youth Studies Australia. Contact the editor.