Notice to Contributors
Manuscripts must be submitted via the JRA ScholarOne portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jra. Please see below for information regarding publication standards, editorial scope, the review process and more.
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.
Journal Style Rules:
- Manuscript is organized in the following order
- Title page (blinded for peer-review)
- Body Text
- A running head is supplied
- Abstract is 120 words or fewer
- Method section contains demographic information about participants, particularly age information
- NO footnotes or endnotes are used
- NO underlining in the body text
- All uses of slash (/) in abstract and body text are removed or edited per APA style (does not apply to references, tables or figures)
- Statistics appear in APA style
- Please update your references to include articles from the last five years. We encourage you to look at papers that appear in the early view sections of journals online to find up-to-date research.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jra. 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 e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Types of Manuscripts
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.
Reviews focus on synthesizing existing knowledge on adolescent development in ways that solidify and advance understanding. Meta-analyses of previous empirical research are especially encouraged, but narrative reviews of research, theoretical syntheses, historic reviews, or other types of reviews are welcome.
Special Issues & Special Sections
To submit a manuscript for an existing Special Issue or Special Section, use the submission portal (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jra) and indicate it as a manuscript for a special issue or section.
Special sections will be considered. Before preparing a submission for a special section, submitters should email the editor for initial discussion of the idea and further instructions for submission.
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.
Permissions for JRA articles are handled by our publishers, Wiley-Blackwell. Please see their permission information page.
- Uniqueness of publication: Please state if any other manuscripts have been published, accepted, or submitted for publication using the same dataset. If any other manuscripts exist from the same dataset, state the ways that the current submission represents a unique contribution from those manuscripts and upload those manuscripts as supplemental files. To maintain masked review, please do not cite the author names of these previous manuscript within the manuscripts until the manuscript is accepted for publication. For widely used secondary databases, please describe and upload manuscript co-authored by any of the submitting authors using that database.
- Authorship and ordering: Please indicate that all authors agree to the authorship order and content of the manuscript. If there are any changes in authorship (order or authors listed), please briefly justify this change in the cover letter.
- Funding source(s): Please state any funding sources for the research. Specify the role, if any, of the funding source in study design, analysis of data, interpretation of results, or writing of the report.
- Conflict of interest: Please state whether there exist and actual or perceived conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).
- Human subjects ethical statement: For submissions involving human subjects, authors must certify that they have complied with APA ethical standards, or another set of ethical standards, in the treatment of their sample. Authors should specify whether data were collected with approval from an oversight agency (e.g., institutional review board) within the cover letter (please do not state a specific university or other institutional review board within the masked manuscript). Because most manuscripts study individuals under the age to consent to participation in many studies, the cover letter and the manuscript should state whether parent / guardian consent was obtained, and justify if consent was not obtained.
- Animal protection: Manuscripts submitted to this journal typically do not include animal samples. If a submission does, authors should state that they have complied with APA or another set of ethical standards, and describe the ethical treatment of animals in the cover letter and manuscript.
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.
A system of masked 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 letter. The cover letter will not be included when a manuscript is sent out for review (note: a masked version listing revisions to a manuscript invited for resubmission is provided to reviewers). The action editor (Editor in Chief or Associate Editor) 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 editorial team 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:
The first author of an accepted manuscript will receive instructions for final manuscript preparation guidelines as well as a licensing form that must be returned to the JRA editorial office before publication. All accepted manuscripts are exclusively licensed for publication by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Authors retain certain limited rights for re-using an accepted article that are outlined on the form itself.
JRA uses our publisher Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View online publication program, in which a manuscript is fully published online (and is considered fully citable) prior to its print publication. Authors can reasonably expect be published to Early View within 3-4 months from the date of acceptance. As of March 2012 there is a roughly 8-month lag from acceptance to print publication.
There is no charge for publication in the Journal of Research on Adolescence.
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
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.
Author Services enables authors to track their article — once it has been accepted — through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Upon publication, corresponding authors can collect a gratis PDF offprint of their article from Author Services. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.
Pursuant to NIH mandate, The Society (through Wiley-Blackwell) will post the accepted version of Contributions authored by NIH grantholders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see http://www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.