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Journal of Adolescent Research

The aim of the JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT RESEARCH is to publish lively, creative, and informative articles on development during adolescence (ages 10-18) and emerging adulthood (ages 18-25). The journal encourages papers that use qualitative, ethnographic, or other methods that present the voices of adolescents. Few strictly quantitative, questionnaire-based articles are published in the journal, unless they break new ground in a previously understudied area. However, papers that combine qualitative and quantitative data are especially welcome.

In order to be considered for review, papers must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Combine quantitative and qualitative data.
  2. Take a systematic qualitative or ethnographic approach.
  3. Use an original and creative methodological approach.
  4. Address an important, but rarely studied topic (this could include papers with strictly quantitative data).
  5.  Present new theoretical or conceptual ideas.

In addition, all articles must show an awareness of the cultural context of the research questions asked, the population studied, and the results of the study. Each paper submitted MUST include a cover letter indicating how the paper meets at least one of these criteria and the cultural requirement.

For more on the standards for publication in the JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT RESEARCH,  please see:
 Arnett, J. J. (2005). The Vitality Criterion: A new standard of publication for Journal of Adolescent Research. Journal of Adolescent Research, 20, 3-7.

In addition to journal articles, the JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT RESEARCH publishes Editorial Essays, which are short pieces (3,000 words or less) in which an author presents challenging new ideas. There will be few or (preferably) no citations, and authors of the essays will be encouraged to draw upon opinions, insights, and even personal experience. Scholars may present new ideas that may have limited empirical support, but inspire new thinking and research. Some essays may provide a thoughtful critique of a research area while making constructive suggestions for new ways of approaching it. Other essays could analyze a recent event, commenting on the developmental context when adolescents or emerging adults are in the news for involvement in something widely discussed. Policy discussions and advocacy also are welcome in the essays. Scholars interested in writing and submitting an Editorial Essay should query the editor first to confirm the appropriateness of the proposed topic.

The journal accepts ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Manuscripts should be submitted online at The editor (or associate editor) will review all manuscripts within 1 month and then inform the lead author whether or not the paper has met the JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT RESEARCH criteria. The manuscript then will be sent out for peer review.

Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.

In general, manuscripts should not exceed 30 typed, double-spaced pages, including references, tables, and figures. Figures and tables should be included as part of the manuscript, not as separate files. Five to six keywords, to be used in archival retrieval systems, should be indicated on the title page. The title page should also include contact information for the lead author, including affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone and fax numbers. Manuscripts should include three- to four-sentence biographical paragraphs of each author at the bottom of the title page. Following the title page, an abstract of no more than 120 words should be included. Text and references must conform to American Psychological Association style, as stated in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Assocation (Fifth Edition). Permission for use of the copyrighted material is the responsibility of the author. All artwork must be camera ready.

Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

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Institutional Subscription, E-access $879.00
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Individual Subscription, E-access $146.00

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Frequency: Bi-monthly eISSN: 1552-6895 ISSN: 0743-5584
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