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The Journal of Early Adolescence

The Journal of Early Adolescence

2016 Impact Factor: 1.629
2016 Ranking: 42/70 in Psychology, Developmental | 17/43 in Family Studies
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Alexander T. Vazsonyi University of Kentucky, USA

eISSN: 15525449 | ISSN: 02724316 | Current volume: 38 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 9 Times/Year

For over 30 years, The Journal of Early Adolescence (JEA) has provided researchers and practitioners in developmental psychology, educational psychology , human development and family studies, psychiatry, public health, social work, and sociology with the latest work concerning original theoretical work, empirical research as well as science-based practices regarding the early adolescent developmental period (10 through 14 years of age).


Eight times a year (effective 2013), JEA clarifies and analyzes significant advances and issues from diverse developmental contexts (peers, school, family, neighborhood, and culture), such as education motivation and achievement, identity development (self-esteem and self-concept), problem behaviors (health risks, reactions to stress), sexuality, as well as in-depth discussions on research design and methodology. Each article goes through rigorous, double-blinded peer review completed in 90 days or less by at least two (up to four) members of an international, multi-disciplinary panel of experts. Proposals for special issues and guest editors are welcomed (


The Journal of Early Adolescence offers new perspectives on pivotal developmental issues during early adolescence. Important topics covered in recent issues include:

  • Academic competence & transitions
  • Affect and emotions
  • Attachment relationships
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Cross-cultural and cross-national comparisons
  • Deviance and delinquency
  • Eating disorders
  • Educational Transitions
  • Ethnic and racial comparisons
  • Externalizing problems
  • Identity Development
  • Interventions and program evaluations
  • Internalizing problems
  • Moral development
  • Parenting and family processes
  • Peer Relations and Friendships
  • Positive youth development
  • Problem and risk behaviors
  • Prosocial behaviors
  • Puberty/Pubertal development
  • Self-esteem or self-worth
  • Self image
  • Self-regulation and self-control
  • Sexual activity
  • Substance use
  • Youth violence


Regular Papers (RP): Original research and theoretical papers from around the world that present the latest findings and insights on early adolescent development (30-35 pages).

Brief Reports (BR): Basic communication of original research, both basic and applied or conceptual/theoretical work (20 pages).

Rapid Communiqués (RC): Rapid and succinct communication of cutting edge findings; requires conceptual/theoretical framework, like the other two submission formats (8 pages).

Special Issues: Single-theme special issues that include 5 to 8 papers provide in-depth coverage of subjects of current interest. Single issues concentrate on areas that have historically received limited attention. Proposals for special issues are encouraged.

Guest Editorials: Short essays that encourage professional dialogue between diverse disciplines concerned with early adolescence

The Journal of Early Adolescence is the only peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the early adolescent development period.

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The Journal of Early Adolescence publishes articles that increase our understanding of individuals, 10 through 14 years of age, in the life span. The journal is designed to present major theoretical papers, state-of-the-art papers, and current research, as well as reviews of important professional books and early adolescent films and literature. A complete Policy Statement and information about submissions are available from the Editor.

Editor-in- Chief
Alexander T. Vazsonyi University of Kentucky, USA
Associate Editors
Elise Cappella New York University, USA
Arin M. Connell Case Western Reserve University, USA
Lara Mayeux University of Oklahoma, USA
Christine McCauley Ohannessian University of Connecticut, USA
Editorial Board
Sally L. Archer The College of New Jersey, USA
Wendy F. Auslander Washington University, USA
Bonnie L. Barber Murdoch University, Australia
Amy Bellmore University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Dale A. Blyth University of Minnesota, USA
Susan Branje Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
B. Bradford Brown University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Gustavo Carlo University of Missouri, USA
H. Harrington Cleveland Pennsylvania State University, USA
Lisa J. Crockett University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Maja Dekovic Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
Katherine B. Ehrlich University of Georgia, USA
Nancy Eisenberg Arizona State University, USA
Susan T. Ennett University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Stephan Erath Auburn University, USA
L. F. Mickey Fenzel Loyola College, Maryland, USA
Daniel J. Flannery Case Western Reserve University, USA
Dawn Gondoli University of Notre Dame, USA
Harold D. Grotevant University of Minnesota, USA
Thomas P. Gullotta Child and Family Agency (CT)
Randall M. Jones Utah State University, USA
Stephen R. Jorgensen University of Missouri, USA
Gabriel P. Kuperminc Georgia State University, USA
Daniel K. Lapsley University of Notre Dame, USA
Albert Kienfie Liau Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Judith L. Meece University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Shitala P. Mishra University of Arizona, USA
Nina S. Mounts Northern Illinois University, USA
Sylvie Mrug University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Charles Negy University of Central Florida, USA
Adrienne Nishina University of California, Davis, USA
James L. Peugh University of Cincinnati, USA
Pedro R. Portes University of Georgia, USA
Robert W. Roeser The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jennifer E. Symonds University College Dublin, Ireland
Michael D. Toland University of Kentucky, USA
Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor Arizona State University, USA
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted via Manuscript Central in Word format. The online system is self explanatory and will guide you through the submission process; the online portal also includes a Frequently Asked Questions link (under Instructions and Forms) for your convenience. Should you have any questions about the submissions process, please feel free to contact the Editorial Office via e-mail ( or by phone (859-257-1210).

    As general guidelines, Regular Papers (RP) include 30-35 pages; Brief Reports (BR) may not exceed 20 pages, while Rapid Communiques (RC) may not exceed 8 pages.

    For all submissions, typed, double spaced formatting is required and page length is all inclusive (references, tables, and figures). Text and references must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition); for submissions from outside North America, this includes letter page format (not A4), 1 inch margins (2.54cm) and so forth. Each manuscript must also include an abstract (100-150 words, which must be included in the anonymous manuscript file) and 4 to 5 keywords, along with a brief bio sketch (3-4 sentences) for each author.

    Papers that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned to the author(s). Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in JEA. 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.

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