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Peer Review Process

JYD uses a double-blind peer-review process, in which reviewers do not know the identity of the authors, and the identity of the reviewers is not revealed to the authors. JYD aims to complete the review process and provide feedback to authors within twelve weeks of submission.

Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent out for formal review, typically to two or three reviewers. Reviewers rate submissions on criteria including:

  • Significance of Topic: Articles should address topics that are relevant for and important to JYD readers. They should address key issues of youth development practice and/or research.
  • Originality: Articles should introduce new and innovative work and ideas. They should add to existing knowledge of best practice, research or theory.
  • Theoretical Foundation: Research questions should be theory-predicated, and discussion of findings should advance theory.
  • Methodological Rigor: Articles should meet high standards of methodological rigor, using credible valid, and reliable methods that align with theory-predicated research questions.
  • Coherence of Writing: Articles should be clear, organized, and well-developed. They should make sense, be well written, and easy for JYD readers to understand.
  • Application for Practice: Articles should have clear implications for practice that are useful, realistic, and relevant for practitioners' consideration.

The editors then make a decision based on reviewer recommendations by selecting from five possible actions:

  • Accept Submission: manuscript accepted as submitted.
  • Accept submission with minor revisions: manuscript will be accepted pending minor revisions.
  • Minor revisions required for acceptance: manuscript may be accepted pending minor revisions. Another review may be required.
  • Major revisions required for acceptance: manuscript may be accepted pending major revisions. Another review may be required.
  • Reject Submission: manuscript not accepted for publication

Using the I.D.E.A.S. Framework to Advance JYD’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Peer Review Process

JYD has long sought to bridge research and practice using ideas from studies, programs, and practices to better understand youth development. We now recognize that we must seek to do so moving forward with a renewed awareness and a stronger commitment to more fully include and represent the diversity of youth in America and address issues of equity and access more directly and fully. JYD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has developed this series of resources to bring this commitment into the everyday operations of the journal. In particular, we seek to maximize I.D.E.A.S. – Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Access, and the Supports needed to make them real for authors, reviewers, editors and the leadership of the journal. We believe that naming and implementing these elements and making them central to how we operate are necessary to the transformation of our understanding of the full range of youth and their developmental journeys. JYD remains committed to a full open access* approach to publishing that has no fees for either authors or readers. Furthermore, we actively seek to support new authors from underserved and underrepresented communities as well as practitioners and others new to publishing.

The Five Elements of the I.D.E.A.S Framework

  • I for INCLUSIVITY – JYD seeks to ensure all youth, all contexts, and all perspectives on youth development have a respected and valued place in the journal.
  • D for DIVERSITY – JYD recognizes and values the full range and variety of diversity of young people and their contexts – all types and kinds including but not limited to age, racial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, ability, culture, faith/spirituality, nationality, wealth, education, and immigration status.
  • E for EQUITY – JYD recognizes the variety of inequities in our society historically and currently and seeks to publish and promote equity through awareness, evidence, and theoretical and practice based perspectives using a social justice and anti-racism lens.
  • A for ACCESS – JYD understands that access to opportunities, their quality implementation, and supportive developmental relationships matter for all youth and they also matter for both authors and readers.
  • S for the SUPPORTS needed to make these efforts come to life and become implemented and lived effectively. JYD is committed not only to these ideals but to creating the resources and opportunities that bring them to life.

Click here for additional information about the I.D.E.A.S. framework and resources for authors.