Journal of Research on Adolescence

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 2

Edited By: Nancy G. Guerra

Impact Factor: 1.915

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 9/40 (Family Studies); 31/68 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1532-7795

Author Guidelines


Journal of Research on Adolescence 
The Official Journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence

Nancy G. Guerra, University of Delaware

Associate Editors
Paul Boxer, Rutgers University
Catherine P. Bradshaw, Johns Hopkins University
Sandra Graham, University of California, Los Angeles
Gordon Harold, University of Otago
Jenae Neiderhiser, The Pennsylvania State University
Marcela Raffaelli, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
René Veenstra, University of Groningen

Editorial Scope
Multidisciplinary in scope, this compelling journal is designed to significantly advance knowledge about the second decade of life.  Employing a diverse array of methodologies, it publishes original research that includes intensive measurement, multivariate-longitudinal, and animal comparative studies; demographic and ethnographic analyses; and laboratory experiments.  Articles pertinent to the variety of developmental patterns inherent throughout adolescence are featured including cross-national and cross-cultural studies, systematic studies of psychopathology, as well as those pertinent to gender, ethnic, and racial diversity. 
Clinical, social, and developmental psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and those specializing in family studies.

Online publication from 2016
Effective with the 2016 volume, the Journal of Research on Adolescence will be published in an online-only format. This transition will reduce the environmental impact caused by the production and distribution of printed journal copies and will allow the journal to expand the number of journal pages, include color images, and reach out to a broader scientific and lay audience. Published articles will continue to be disseminated quickly through the journal’s broad network of indexing services and discoverable through popular search engines such as Google. All color images will now be reproduced digitally and published free of charge.

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Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (888-503-1050), or via the red Get Help Now link in the upper right-hand corner of the login screen. If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office by telephone (734-926-0615) or by e-mail (

Types of Manuscripts
The Journal of Research on Adolescence considers only original manuscripts in formats described below. Inquiries concerning alternative formats should be addressed to the Editor prior to submission. All submissions are expected to be no more than 40 manuscript pages, including tables, references, and figures (but excluding appendices). Authors are strongly encouraged to submit concise and focused papers in the 25-30 page range. All manuscripts must be written in English and strictly adhere to APA Style (6th edition).

Empirical articles comprise the major portion of the journal. To be accepted, empirical articles must be judged as being high in scientific quality, contributing to the empirical base of adolescent development, and having important theoretical, practical, or interdisciplinary implications. Reports of multiple studies, methods, or settings are encouraged, but single-study reports are also considered. Longitudinal studies are encouraged, but important and novel studies using cross-sectional data will be considered.

Brief reports are reserved for short cutting-edge empirical papers that are no longer than 4000 words in length (approximately 15 pages, including ALL text, tables, footnotes, appendices), that advance research and knowledge in an area through noteworthy findings and/or new methods. For manuscripts that require longer descriptions of methods and results, authors should use the empirical article format.

Reviews focus on past empirical and/or on conceptual and theoretical work. They are expected to synthesize or evaluate a topic or issue relevant to adolescent development, should appeal to a broad audience, and may be followed by a small number of solicited commentaries.

Special issues and/or special sections devoted to a focused theme relevant to adolescent development also will be considered. Authors interested in proposing a special issue should submit a two-page proposal to the Editor describing the focus, justification, types of articles to be solicited, and potential contribution to the field. 
Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a table or figure or to reprint a quotation of 500 words or more.  Authors should write to original author(s) and publisher to request nonexclusive world rights in all languages to use the material in the article and in future editions.  Provide copies of all permissions and credit lines obtained. 
Only original manuscripts, written in English, are considered.  The corresponding author for a manuscript must, in an accompanying cover letter, warrant that all co-authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript and that the study was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association.  Authors should also state that the findings reported in the manuscript have not been published previously and that the manuscript is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere.  Upon acceptance, the authors are required to sign a publication agreement transferring the copyright from the author to the Society for Research on Adolescence.  Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the journal.  A statement of Editorial Policy appeared in Volume 1, Number 1. 
Manuscript Review
The Journal of Research on Adolescence has a Board of Editors that is vested with control over manuscript review and publication.  Manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor and the Board of Editors and by invited reviewers with special competence in the area represented by the manuscript.  Articles and reviews must be judged to be of substantial importance to the broad, multidisciplinary readership of the journal as well as meet a high level of scientific acceptability.  A first level of review determines the importance and appropriateness of submissions to the journal readership at large in conjunction with scientific merit; on this basis, the Board of Editors decides whether the manuscript will be reviewed further. 
A system of blind reviewing is used.  It is the author's responsibility to remove information about the identity of the author(s) and affiliation(s) from the manuscript; such information should appear on the cover sheet.  The cover sheet will not be included when a manuscript is sent out for review.  The Board member responsible for a manuscript will have the discretion to integrate solicited review with the member's own opinions and recommendations into a determinative response.  The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet established ethical standards.  The Publications Officer regrets that, in case of rejection, manuscripts cannot be returned. 
There is no charge for publication in the Journal of Research on Adolescence unless tabular or graphic materials exceed 10% of the total number of pages.  Charges are also levied for changes in proof other than correction of printer's errors.  Any inquiries relating to business matters (including reprint orders) should be addressed to the publisher:  
Journal of Research on Adolescence 
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Copyright Transfer Agreement
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Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Early View
Articles in JRA are now routinely published online through Early View in advance of their appearance in an issue. Click here to view the full announcement.

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