Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Author Guidelines and Editorial Policy

Submission Guidelines

Submissions to the Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) can be made at any given time during the year. Occasionally, the Journal publishes Special Issues and the deadlines relating to these publications are included in the related Calls. The ISSN of the Journal is 2056-2969.

We accept only original contributions that have not been published elsewhere. We publish research papers of theoretical and empirical nature as well as book reviews, article reviews, conference papers and commentaries. In order for a submission to be accepted for peer review, the following manuscript requirements must be met:

Step 1: check that your paper fits within the Journal’s objectives

Step 2: check that your paper complies with our submission and editorial guidelines as well as our Publication Ethics Guidelines 

Step 3: fill out the  Youth Voice Journal Contributor Release Form

Step 4: email in Microsoft Word format the following attachments:  

  1. Anonymised manuscript with a running head (short title)  
  2. Title page with full paper title and full contact details
  3. Anonymised abstract page with full title of the paper and 5 keywords
  4. The Contributor Release Form

to the  Editor-in-Chief  Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides and by copying the Secretariat at

All submissions will be subject to the normal process of peer review. We aim to reach a decision within 3-6 weeks of receipt. Articles are first published online and a selection of them are included in the printed version of the journal.

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) & Indexing

IARS Publications and the YVJ are a proud member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. This means that IARS Publications adheres to high ethical standards in publishing.

Youth Voice Journal is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID and Kudos. We are also in the process of being  indexed by The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) and Criminal Justice Abstracts.

Editorial Policy

Original Articles:

The Journal publishes original papers on youth matters with a particular interest in crime, human rights, community cohesion, citizenship, restorative justice and the user-led approach to research and social policy. The Journal has an international readership and scope.

Each article must aim to provide critical analysis on a policy area/piece of legislation/piece of research that affects young people. Each article should address the journal’s international audience, which includes academia, policy makers, young people, practitioners and decision makers. The review process normally takes less than 6 weeks.

Your manuscript should be double-spaced, between 5,000 and 7,000 words (including tables, references, and appendices), and conform to APA format. Please submit your manuscript by complying to the following requirements:

  • Attachment 1 – Title page to include: The full and short title of the paper, the author’s name and affiliation, contact details including email and postal address and short biography of authors. Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section on the same page entitled ‘Funding’. This should appear before the ‘Acknowledgements’ section, if any.
  • Attachment 2: Manuscript without authors’ details for peer review. All pages of the manuscript must be numbered. You must also include a running head (short title) appearing in all pages of the manuscript.
  • Attachment 3: Abstract page without authors’ details. Each manuscript requires an abstract of no more than 200 words. Please also include in the same page up to 5 keywords.
  • Attachment 4: Youth Voice Journal Contributor Release Form

References should be indicated in the text with the author’s name and year of publication in parenthesis. If there are more than two authors, all should be given on the first occasion, and then the first author “et al” should be used subsequently. All references should be given in alphabetical order on a separate sheet with titles of books and journals given in full. The APA guidelines should be followed for references to a fault.


Articles from Journals: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year) ‘Title of article’ Title of Periodical volume number(issue number): pages

Books: Author, A. A. (Year of publication) ‘Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle’ Location: Publisher

Electronic sources: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication) ‘Title of article’ [Online] [Accessed on date]

Other non print sources: (E. Robbins, personal communication, Jan 4, 2001).

Book Reviews & Article Reviews

The Editor-in-Chief welcomes Reviews of Books and Articles that fall within the Journal’s interest. Your Review should be double-spaced, between 800-1000 words and conform to APA format. It should include all details of the reviewed book including page numbers, ISBN and price.

Language Editing

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Reviewing Policy

All submissions are first reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, and if judged suitable for this publication, they are then blind-reviewed anonymously and separately by at least two external, expert reviewers. The Journal has a double, blind review policy.

Acceptance of an invitation to review is taken as signifying that the reviewers consider themselves qualified to assess the submission and know of no reason why it would be inappropriate for them to comment on its quality and make a recommendation as to whether or not it should be published. We encourage all our reviewers to follow the COPE Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

If, as reviewers read a submission, they realise that for any reason it is inappropriate for them to review that article, they are asked to return it to the Editor-in-Chief forthwith and another reviewer will be assigned. If reviewers, for any reason, know, or can guess, who has written an anonymous submission which they have been asked to review, they are expected to consider whether a conflict of interest is involved if they know the author to be a close friend or a previous departmental or research colleague; or where they know themselves to be prejudiced either in favour of, or against, specific perspectives, topics or authors.

Clearing Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders to reproduce in both print and online form those illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Permission must be obtained before submission to the publisher. The acknowledgment should be added to the typescript and the source and copyright of photographs or figures credited in the accompanying captions.


It is a condition of publication that authors vest or license copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in IARS Publications. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the material elsewhere after publication providing that prior permission is obtained from IARS Publications. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources. Authors whose publication has been accepted by the Journal must complete and sign the YVJ Contributors Release Form prior to the publication of their work.

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IARS Publications is a not for profit independent, small publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and it is also the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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