We welcome papers on all aspects of Australasian young people (see the topics listed in this website for general subject areas).

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.  

list of our consulting editors is available.

Submission deadlines

Youth Studies Australia uses a rolling system for submissions, but dates for consideration for each issue are provided. However, these are guidelines only and submission by a date does not guarantee inclusion in the relevant issue. Papers received after the deadline for each issue will be processed for following editions:

Issue Date
September 2012 Special issue: Papers sourced by guest editor
December 2012 Monday 10 September 2012
March 2013 Monday 10 December 2012
June 2013 Monday 11 March 2013


Submission 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. Authors are required to grant to ACYS an exclusive right to collect copying fees from copyright collecting societies for Youth Studies Australia
  • 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.
  • Contributors' business-hours email address may be included in the Youth Studies Australia media alert so that journalists may arrange interviews directly. 
  • Youth Studies Australia licence

    All authors of papers submitted to Youth Studies Australia must read the Author guidelines and licence agreement carefully. If all the authors accept the condition of the licence, they must sign it, make a copy for their records and return the original signed to the address below.

    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] utas.edu.au

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