Youth Justice is an international peer-reviewed journal that engages with the analysis of juvenile/youth justice systems, law, policy and practice and comprises of articles that are theoretically informed and/or grounded in the latest empirical research.
"Youth Justice is a real triumph as a journal - policy relevant, theoretically rich, critical and international in scope. It is a highly welcome voice in youth justice debates previously dominated by administrative perspectives." Shadd Maruna, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, USA.
"In little over a decade, Youth Justice has established itself as an indispensable forum for cutting-edge discussion of issues of youth justice around the world. It is a truly international resource, and one that no serious scholar or practitioner should do without." Elliot Currie, University of California, Irvine, USA
"Through its commitment to the publication of theoretically and methodologically robust articles critically addressing laws, policies and practices affecting children and young people, Youth Justice makes an important and unique contribution. The scholarly contributions provide us with a grounded and progressive perspective on youth justice, helping us to understand contemporary youth justice realities, and conceive of possible futures." Michele Burman, University of Glasgow, UK
"Youth Justice is a world leading journal, its content is cutting-edge and charts new horizons in global youth justice policy and practice." Reece Waters, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"Since its inception, Youth Justice has consistently delivered timely and relevant analyses of juvenile justice issues from around the world. Because of its international focus, it stands out among the rest, and points to the global dimensions and cultural distinctions of youth justice. Youth Justice is an essential resource for scholars, practitioners and policymakers." Karen Joe Laidler, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Youth Justice is an international, peer-reviewed journal that engages with the analyses of juvenile/youth justice systems, law, policy and practice around the world. It contains articles that are theoretically informed and/or grounded in the latest empirical research.
Youth Justice has established itself as the leading journal in the field in the UK, and, supported by an editorial board comprising some of the world's leading youth justice scholars, the journal enjoys an ever-increasing international presence in recognition of:
- Developing interest in juvenile/youth justice theory and system formation within the national and international academic, policy and professional practice communities
- The consolidating importance of international legislation, standards, treaties, conventions and rules
- Emerging patterns of policy transfer across national borders and notable convergences in international juvenile/youth justice systems, paradoxically located alongside significant divergences within and between national jurisdictions
- An ever-increasing interest in effective policy and practice drawing lessons from pioneering approaches to juvenile/youth crime from around the world
The Editors and Editorial board aim to publish material that is both intellectually rigorous and accessible to a wide readership across the national and international academic, policy and practice communities.
Youth Justice is essential for:
- Academic criminologists and social scientists, social researchers and students of youth criminology and youth justice
- Policy-makers and government departments
- Juvenile justice/youth offending services, probation services and offender rehabilitation agencies, penal reform and criminal justice organisations, legal professionals, police services, prison services and secure facilities, social work professionals, youth and community workers, education and health professionals, drugs and substance misuse agencies
- Child welfare organisations and national/international children's rights agencies
|Tim Bateman||University of Bedfordshire, UK|
|Liz Campbell||Durham University, UK|
|Nicola Carr||University of Nottingham, UK|
|Jenneke Christiaens||Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium|
|Chris Cunneen||James Cook University, Australia|
|Nancy Dowd||University of Florida, United States|
|Mark Drakeford||University of Cardiff, Wales, UK|
|Alan France||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Loraine Gelsthorpe||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Barry Goldson||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Kevin Haines||Swansea University, Wales, UK|
|Carolyn P Hamilton||Children's Legal Centre, England, UK|
|Tapio Lappi-Seppala||National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Helsinki, Finland|
|Ton Liefaard||Leiden University, Netherlands|
|Wing Lo||City University, Hong Kong|
|Nessa Lynch||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Susan McVie||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|David Nelken||University of Macerata, Italy|
|Tim Newburn||London School of Economics, UK|
|David O'Mahony||Durham University, UK|
|Joanna Phoenix||Open University, UK|
|Johan Put||Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium|
|Ann Skelton||University of Pretoria, South Africa|
|Nigel Stone||University of East Anglia, UK|
|Rob White||University of Tasmania, Australia|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Youth Justice
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/yjj to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Youth Justice will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Youth Justice, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
The Journal thus considers the following kinds of article for publication:
- Substantive peer-reviewed articles.
- ‘Legal commentary’, which serves to analyse legal/policy developments and/or comment on case law and related matters.
- ‘Youth Justice News’, which covers key international, national and/or regional news.
- Book reviews, which cover recent relevant books and/or relevant audio-visual materials.
Full papers are normally between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with exceptionally long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be reduced in length should make the required edits prior to submitting.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
The substantive articles that are published in Youth Justice are all refereed and double-blind peer-reviewed. Two referees (Editorial Board members and/or other expert assessors) are appointed to assess each substantive article. The final decision to publish or reject an article is taken by the Editors who are informed by the recommendations received from referees.
Assessors are invited to offer one of the following recommendations:
- To accept the paper for publication as it stands
- To accept the publication subject to minor revisions
- To invite the author to re-submit a substantially revised version of the paper for the reconsideration of the referees
- To suggest that the paper could be of use within another section of the journal and/or another journal altogether
- To reject the paper and decline publication
All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Youth Justice requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Youth Justice encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Youth Justice and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
Youth Justice offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Diagrams, tables and graphs should only be used if it is absolutely necessary and must be presented on a separate sheet at the same size as the intended printed version (so no enlargement or reduction is required). Their precise location in the text should be clearly indicated in the typescript.
Youth Justice does not currently accept supplemental files.
Youth Justice adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Youth Justice is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/yjj to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Youth Justice editorial office as follows: