Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in National Youth-At-Risk Journal provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to National Youth-At-Risk Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at National Youth-At-Risk Journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for National Youth-At-Risk Journal, please .

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Submission Categories

Generally, we are interested in submissions in the following categories. Under each category, we provide further criteria to describe what is expected for each submission type. Though these criteria are negotiable, we provide them here to help guide scholars and practitioners with the submission process.

  • Research Articles (4,000 - 10,000 words): Research articles should be original works that are empirical (data-based) in nature including, but not limited to, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method studies. Articles should address issues that have a wide appeal and significance to those who work with youth placed at risk.
    • Introduction section that states the importance of the topic;
    • Literature review section that situates the study within existing scholarly literature on this topic;
    • Method section that articulates the research methods used and the “fit” of these methods with the topic studied;
    • Findings section that summarizes relevant findings for easy access by readers;
    • Discussion section that elaborates on findings, situates findings within literature, and explains implications; and
    • Conclusion section that recaps each section, highlights main findings, summarizes implications from discussion, and suggests new directions for research.
  • Literature Syntheses (3,000 - 8,000 words): Literature syntheses should be systematic reviews designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by providing insights to practitioners regarding how to use research to inform practice and influence policy.
    • Introduction section that states the importance of the review;
    • Literature synthesis section that summarizes research and discusses implications for practice from the literature review; and
    • Conclusion section that recaps each section, highlights main findings, summarizes implications, and suggests new directions based on the literature.
  • Practitioner Reports (2,000 - 6,000 words): Practitioner reports should describe programs, strategies, or interventions used by professionals working with youth placed at risk. These reports should include evidence-based outcomes, any changes made as a result of these outcomes, and suggestions for application of these practices in other settings.
    • Introduction section that states the rationale and practical value of the report;
    • Background section that describes the philosophy or ideas in the programs, strategies, or interventions;
    • Method section that explains data collection and analysis (optional);
    • Results section that provides evidence-based findings; and
    • Conclusion section that discusses contributions to practice and recommendations.
  • Essays (2,000 - 6,000 words): Essays should provide an analysis of issue(s) relevant to youth placed at risk, e.g., position papers.
    • Introduction section that states topic;
    • Position section that provides reasoning and arguments supported by evidence;
    • Discussion section that addresses possible counterarguments; and
    • Closing section that ties position/argument together and makes recommendations.
  • Book Reviews (1,000 - 2,000 words): Book review should be an objective analysis of a recent book whose topic relates to one or more of the primary strands of the journal, i.e., the "5 H's".
    • Summarizes the main points and structure of the book;
    • Provides an evaluative discussion based on the reviewer’s point of view; and
    • Makes recommendations regarding the purchase of the book for libraries or individual use.
  • Other: The journal will consider alternative submissions such as poetry, artwork, and other media. Please contact editor for more information.

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Format and Style Guidelines

  • Use APA format as found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition, for headings, citations, references.
  • Before you begin, please be sure you have the following items:
    • Article Title
    • An abstract (separate from the article body – 100-150 words)
    • Brief biographical sketches for each author (no more than 100 words each)
    • Keywords for your article (4-6)
    • Classification of article by primary strand (required) and secondary strand (optional). Strands include Head (intellectual achievement and talents), Heart (social and emotional skills), Hands (safety and protection), Health (physical and mental health), and Home (family and community support).
    • Article in Microsoft Word format.
  • Document Structure:
    • Introduction
    • Subsequent sections of the body of the article
    • References
    • Appendices (if any)
  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the editor.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editor.
  • The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the original submission of the manuscript.
  • All submissions are to be in English. Please avoid using colloquialisms and regional terminology that may be unknown to an international audience.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Single space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with left justified.
  • Use 12 point Times New Roman (or closest comparable) font for the body of the text.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
  • The text of a manuscript should be divided in headings (not more than three levels deep).
  • Notes, citations, and suggested sources should be placed at the end of the submission in APA format.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.

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Additional Formatting Recommendations

Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 2 em-spaces. Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.

Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).

All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented).

Language & Grammar

All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.

Authors should use formal English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides exist as well.

Colored text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.) .

Emphasized text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.


Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.

Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.

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Review Process

All submissions must be previously unpublished manuscripts and must only be submitted to National Youth-At-Risk Journal (multiple submissions of a manuscript to more than one publication at a time is not accepted).

Submissions are first screened by the editor for suitability before being sent for blind review by two reviewers. Each reviewer may include specific and narrative comments for the author of the submission about its content, argumentation, research methodologies, data, conclusions, etc. These comments will be given to the author, without identifying the reviewers.

Each reviewer will give a recommendation about publication of a manuscript according to the following list of options:

  • Accept: No revisions required
  • Accept: Minor revisions required
  • Revise and resubmit: Major revisions required
  • Reject

When all reviews have been received by the editor, a decision will be made regarding publication and authors will be contacted. If the reviews are very different, the editor may ask 1-2 additional reviewers to read and evaluate the submission and then, upon receipt of the additional reviews, a final publication decision will be made.

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Criteria for Review of Submissions

Reviewers will consider the following criteria when evaluating submissions:

  • Focuses on issues related to youth advocacy & resilience
  • Is relevant to one or more of the five journal strands ("Head" for intellectual achievement and talents, "Heart" for social and emotional skills, "Hands" for safety and protection, "Health" for physical and mental health, "Home" for family and community support)
  • Clearly establishes the background issue or problem
  • Utilizes appropriate design and methodology (if applicable)
  • Provides information or evidence to support findings and/or conclusions
  • Demonstrates quality of written expression (e.g., grammar, spelling, writing style, etc.)
  • Reflects overall clarity of ideas and expressions
  • Follows APA (7th edition) publication guidelines
  • Has the potential to impact policy and practice

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The author will retain copyright of the article, subject to the National Youth-At-Risk Journal's license to:
  • reproduce, distribute, publish and transmit the article, through whatever medium the National Youth-At-Risk Journal determines is best to accomplish its goals, whether the medium is now known or later developed
  • incorporate the contribution into a multimedia, hypertext environment, including appropriate hyperlinks

Paper copies and electronic dissemination of unaltered articles and essays (or excerpts from them) published in this journal may be made by the authors and others for nonprofit personal, professional, educational and research purposes at no cost and without securing permission. Only the final, published version is allowed for dissemination. Do not post or distribute the Author’s Original Manuscript (preprint) or Accepted Manuscript (postprint). Please note the following definitions:

  • An Author’s Original Manuscript or preprint is the version of your article before peer-review.
  • An Accepted Manuscript or postprint is the version of your paper after peer-review when it has been accepted for publication.

The following must be provided when disseminating the articles and essays:

Copyright 2015 by Georgia Southern University reproduced with permission from National Youth-At-Risk Journal.

For all other purposes, permission must be obtained from the author.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons@Georgia Southern website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons@Georgia Southern service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons@Georgia Southern to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons@Georgia Southern and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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National Youth-At-Risk Journal is published by the College of Education at Georgia Southern University. The views and opinions expressed in journal articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Georgia Southern University College of Education or editorial board. Authors assume responsibility for the accuracy of facts, data, and citations/references published in their articles.

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Digital Archiving

National Youth-At-Risk Journal is preserved using CLOCKSS, a leading preservation archive that guarantees persistent access to journal content for the very long term. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) through Crossref to ensure they can always be found.

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