Editor in Chief
Noel Card, University of Connecticut
Amy Bellmore, University of Wisconsin
H. Harrington Cleveland, Pennsylvania State University
Lorah D. Dorn, Pensnsylvania State University
Sam A. Hardy, Brigham Young University
Tama Leventhal, Tufts University
Amanda Sheffield Morris, Oklahoma State University
Adriana J. Umana-Taylor, Arizona State University
- Ryan Adams, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Jennifer Agans, Cornell University
- Sarah Beal, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Aprile Benner, University of Texas at Austin
- Jeffrey “Bart” Bingenheimer, George Washington University
- Alaina Brenick, University of Connecticut
- Jerel Calzo, San Diego State University
- Antonius Cillessen, Radboud University
- Jeff Cookston, San Francisco State University
- Michael Criss, Oklahoma State University
- Colette Daiute, Graduate Center, City University of New York
- Pam Davis-Kean, University of Michigan
- Veronique Dupere, Purdue University
- Charles F. Geier, Pennsylvania State University
- Sara Goldstein, Montclair State University
- Linda Halgunseth, University of Connecticut
- Lindsay Hoyt, Fordham University
- Linda Juang, University of Potsdam
- Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Virginia Tech University
- Derek Kreager, Pennsylvania State University
- Tobias Krettenauer, Wilfrid Laurier University
- Eva S. Lefkowitz, University of Connecticut
- Kristina McDonald, University of Alabama
- Glenn Melvin, Monash University
- Jane Mendle, Cornell University
- Sonya Negriffm University of Southern California
- Jacqueline Nguyen, University of Wisconsin
- KätlinPeets, Tallinn University
- Jennifer Pfeifer, University of Oregon
- Kathleen Roche, George Washington University
- Amanda Roy, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Sandi Rueger, Wheaton College
- Rebecca Ryan, Georgetown University
- Jonathan Santo, University of Nebraska at Omaha
- David Schaeffer, Arizona State University
- Gabriel Schlomer, University at Albany, State University of New York
- Sandra Simpkins, University of California, Irvine
- Natasha Slesnick, The Ohio State University
- Rhiannon Smith, University of Connecticut
- Christia Spears Brown, University of Kentucky
- Jeremy Staff, Pennsylvania State University
- Jeffrey Stuewig, George Mason University
- Moin Syed, University of Minnesota
- Rosa Toro, California State University, Fresno
- Elisa Trucco, Florida International University
- Sara Vasilenko, Pennsylvania State University
- Isaac Washburn, Oklahoma State University
- Ryan Watson, University of Connecticut
- Shawn Whiteman, Purdue University
- Laura Wray-Lake, Claremont Graduate University
- HonglingXie, Temple University
- Chia-chen Yang, University of Memphis
- Katharine Zeiders, University of Arizona
Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor
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Page Limit & Style Requirements
Editorial Scope & Audience
Types of Manuscripts
Call for Special Issue Papers
Note to NIH Grantees
Page limit: 40 pages double-spaced (including references, tables and figure). Papers longer than 40 pages will be asked to revise for length to meet this limit. Authors are also strongly encouraged to submit concise and focused papers in the 25-30 page range.
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Empirical articles comprise the majority of works appearing in 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, and/or interdisciplinary implications.
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). Manuscripts in this format should advance understanding in an area through noteworthy but concisely reported findings, new methodologies, extensions of prior research across populations, or informative replication efforts. For manuscripts that require longer descriptions of methods and results, authors should use the empirical article format.
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The Journal of Research on Adolescence has an editorial team that is vested with control over manuscript review and publication. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor in Chief and one of the Associate Editors. Members of this editorial team then invite 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 Editor in Chief and Associate Editors decide whether the manuscript will be reviewed further.
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|We know some things: Parent-adolescent relationships in retrospect and prospect||11||1||Steinberg, L||Article||2001|
|More than myth: The developmental significance of romantic relationships during adolescence||13||1||Collins, WAW||Article||2003|
|Gender-linked vulnerabilites to depressive symptoms, stress, and problem behaviors in adolescents||5||1||Leadbeater, BJ; Blatt, SJ; Quinlan, DM||Article||1995|
|Variations in bicultural identification among African American and Mexican American adolescents||7||1||Phinney, JS; Devich Navarro, M||Article||1997|
|Parental ethnic socialization and adolescent coping with problems related to ethnicity||5||1||Phinney, JS; Chavira, V||Article||1995|
|Adolescents’ perceptions of middle school: Relation to longitudinal changes in academic and psychological adjustment||8||1||Roeser, RW; Eccles, JS||Article||1998|
|Racial identity matters: The relationship between racial discrimination and psychological functioning in African American adolescents||16||2||Sellers, RM; Copeland-Linder, N; Martin, PP; et al.||Article||2006|
|What adolescents learn in organized youth activities: A survey of self-reported developmental experiences||13||1||Hansen, DM; Larson, RW; Dworkin, JB||Article||2003|
|Parental monitoring and adolescent adjustment: An ecological perspective||10||1||Jacobson, KC; Crockett, LJ||Article||2000|
|Promoting healthy adolescents: Synthesis of youth development program evaluations||8||4||Roth, J; Brooks-Gunn, J; Murray, L; et al.||Article||1998|
|Factors influencing agreement between self-reports and biological measures of smoking among adolescents||6||4||Dolcini, MM; Adler, NE; Ginsberg, D||Article||1996|
|Peer reputation among inner-city adolescents: Structure and correlates||6||4||Luthar, SS; McMahon, TJ||Article||1996|
|Early initiation of sexual intercourse – The influence of psychological unconventionality||5||1||Costa, FM; Jessor, R; Donovan, JE; et al.||Article||1995|
|An interactive model for the emergence of gender differences in depression in adolescence||4||4||Nolen Hoeksema, S||Article||1994|
|Adolescent problem behavior in China and the United States: A cross-national study of psychological protective factors||13||3||Jessor, R; Turbin, MS; Costa, FM; et al.||Article||2003|
|Concepts of romance in 15-year-old adolescents||6||2||Feiring, C||Article||1996|
|How academic achievement, attitudes, and behaviors relate to the course of substance use during adolescence: A 6-year, multiwave national longitudinal study||13||3||Bryant, AL; Schulenberg, JE; O’Malley, PM; et al.||Article||2003|
|Perceived relational support in adolescence: Dimensions, configurations, and adolescent adjustment||11||1||Scholte, RHJ; van Lieshout, CFM; van Aken, MAG||Article||2001|
|Coping with family conflict and economic strain: The adolescent perspective||12||2||Wadsworth, ME; Compas, BE||Article||2002|
|The peer context of adolescent substance use: Findings from social network analysis||16||2||Bellmore, A; Jiang, XL; Juvonen, J||Article||2006|
The Journal of Research on Adolescence (JRA) presents methodological and theoretical papers of the highest standards of scholarship. Studies are featured that use diverse methods including multivariate, longitudinal, demographic, clinical, ethnographic, and experimental analyses. Cross-national, cross-cultural, and studies of gender, ethnic, and racial diversity are of particular interest. Members of SRA receive the Journal four times per year, and are encouraged to submit original papers for peer review and publication.
Recently published in JRA
- Configurations of Autonomy and Relatedness in a Multiethnic U.S. Sample of Parent–Adolescent Dyads
- Career‐Related Parental Processes and Career Adaptability and Ambivalence Among Chinese Adolescents: A Person‐Centered Approach
- Social Inclusion of Refugee and Native Peers Among Adolescents: It is the Language that Matters!
- The Pervasive Orienting Power of Religiousness and Spirituality: Reflections on the Special Section
- The Varieties of Religious Significance: An Idiographic Approach to Study Religion’s Role in Adolescent Development
Forthcoming Special Issues
- Parenting Adolescents in a Multicultural Context: Defining, Refining, and Extending Theory and Research. Edited by Deborah Jones and Andrea Hussong.
- The New Biobehavioral Developmental Science of Puberty. Edited by Lorah Dorn, Lisa Crockett. Elizabeth Susman, and Anne Petersen.
- Processes of Religious and Spiritual Influence in Adolescence. Edited by Sam Hardy and Pamela Ebstyne King.
- Promises, Perils, and Practicalities of Ambulatory Assessment for Capturing Adolescent Development. Edited by Amy Bellmore, Kathryn Modecki, Michael Russell, Rachel Goldberg, Samuel Ehrenreich.
Recently Published Special Issues
Adolescent Brain Development: Implications for Understanding Risk and Resilience Processes Through Neuroimaging Research. Edited by Amanda Sheffield Morris, Lindsay M. Squeglia, Joanna Jacobus and Jennifer S. Silk. (March, 2018; Volhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/login-proxy-tps?targetURL=https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/journal/10.1111/jora.12379&domain=www.s-r-a.orgume 28, Issue 1).
- Connecting Theory and Methods in Adolescent Brain Research. Adriene M. Beltz
- Pathways to Youth Behavior: The Role of Genetic, Neural, and Behavioral Markers. Elisa M. Trucco, Lora M. Cope, Margit Burmeister, Robert A. Zucker and Mary M. Heitzeg
- Positive and Negative Affect and Adolescent Adjustment: Moderation Effects of Prefrontal Functioning. Alexis Brieant, Christopher J. Holmes, Dominique Maciejewski, Jacob Lee, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Brooks King-Casas and Jungmeen Kim-Spoon
- Neural Correlates of Risky Sex and Response Inhibition in High-Risk Adolescents. Natasha S. Hansen, Rachel E. Thayer, Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing, AmithrupaSabbineni and Angela D. Bryan
- Neural Substrates of Counterfactual Emotions After Risky Decisions in Late Adolescents and Young Adults. María José Rodrigo, IvánPadrón, Manuel de Vega and Evelyn Ferstl
- Prefrontal Cortical Response to Negative Social Words Links Social Risk to Depressive Symptoms in Adolescence. Kyung Hwa Lee, Caroline W. Oppenheimer, Greg J. Siegle, Cecile D. Ladouceur, Grace E. Lee, Jennifer S. Silk and Ronald E. Dahl
- Do Hostile School Environments Promote Social Deviance by Shaping Neural Responses to Social Exclusion? Roberta A. Schriber, Christina R. Rogers, Emilio Ferrer, Rand D. Conger, Richard W. Robins, Paul D. Hastings and Amanda E. Guyer
- Dyadic Neural Similarity During Stress in Mother–Child Dyads. Tae-Ho Lee, Yang Qu and Eva H. Telzer
- Longitudinal Associations Between Family Aggression, Externalizing Behavior, and the Structure and Function of the Amygdala. Darby Saxbe, Hannah Lyden, Sarah I. Gimbel, Matthew Sachs, Larissa B. Del Piero, GaylaMargolin and Jonas T. Kaplan
- Broadening the Impact of Developmental Neuroscience on the Study of Adolescence (Commentary). Andrew J. Fuligni, Mirella Dapretto and Adriana Galván
- The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (Commentary). Terry L. Jernigan, Sandra A. Brown and Gayathri J. Dowling
- A Ripe Time for Adolescent Research (Commentary). Jay N. Giedd