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Author Guidelines

The Canadian Journal of Family and Youth is an interdisciplinary journal which focuses on the changing dynamics of the family and the social situation of youth.  As such, the editors encourage the submission of a wide-range of papers from individuals (i.e. faculty, graduate or undergraduate students) that deal with such issues as life course events, domestic violence, dating, marriage, divorce, ethnic and class differences, employment, sports, delinquency and gangs, education, social policy and so on.  In addition to full length papers, the editors are also seeking commentaries, short papers, reports, short stories, poems, and book reviews. Manuscripts can be submitted in either English or French, and are expected to be of both general and specialized scholarly interest. They are also expected to conform to the Submission Guidelines as set out below. If these Guidelines are not followed, manuscripts may be returned to the authors. In terms of publication, authors will be informed about the acceptability of their manuscripts within six months of receipt.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Original Works

    All authors should ensure that the paper they submit to the Canadian Journal of Family and Youth has not been previously published elsewhere and is not currently under consideration by another journal or publisher.


  2. Length of Manuscripts

    a) Full-length journal articles (i.e., 7,000 - 9,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics)

    b) Commentaries, Short Papers, Reports, and Short Stories (i.e., 4,000 - 7,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics)


  3. The text of the manuscript should use the following order:

    a) A cover page which will include the title of the manuscript, a brief biographical statement of the author including position, research interests, and a list of up to three major publications, mailing and email address.

    b) The actual text of the manuscript beginning with the second page should include:

    - Title of the paper
    - Five keywords
    - Abstract (of no more than 250 words)
    - Text of paper (with footnotes in chronological order)
    - Appendices (i.e., tables, figures, or photos)
    - References
  4. The manuscript should also conform to the following format:

    - Files submitted will only be accepted in Word format and files must contain the author's surname in the file name

    - 1 inch (2.54 centimenter) margins on all four sides

    - Print no smaller than 12 characters per inch

    - Double spaced text throughout; However, if quotes are longer than 5 lines, they should be single spaced and indented on both sides

    - All pages should be numbered, including references

    - Text is formatted as it will appear in the journal (i.e., italics, bold, appropriate headings)

    - Canadian spelling should be used

    - Given the multidisciplinary nature of the journal, authors should avoid the use of jargon and any technical terms relevant only to their own discipline

    - Manuscripts may be written in English or French

    - Authors should also ensure that any of their comments made in their manuscript are not racist, homophobic, diablist, or sexist.


  5. The text of the manuscript should follow the APA citation style:

    For example, references within the text should be set out as follows: (Goldman, 1982) or Real (1960).

    If page numbers are required for quotes, references should be set out as: (Hannal, 1997, p. 332) or Pool (1998, p. 23).

    The corresponding reference list (bibliography) should be set out at the end of the paper (in alphabetical order) as follows:

    For books
    Gibb, P. (1992). Understanding Social Life.Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


    For periodicals
    Hallow, G. (2003). Understanding Chi-Square in Basic Social Statistics. Social Statistics, 2 (4), 220-249.
    For more examples of referencing in the APA style, see Twitter or Facebook.

    If authors have any other questions regarding style, please email the editors.


  6. The Review Process:

    All submitted manuscripts will be refereed by at least two anonymous reviewers.  If there is a disagreement between the two reviewers, a third reviewer will be sought for additional comments.

    A double-blind (anonymous) system will be in place so that reviewers who receive a paper will not be aware of who has written the paper and authors who receiver reviewer comments will not know who reviewed their work.

    Typically, reviewers are given six to eight weeks to review the paper and send their comments to the Editors.

    Authors should be aware that there are different outcomes with regard to the review process: 1) the manuscript may be approved as is and be sent forward for publication; 2) the manuscript may be accepted with revisions required; 3) the manuscript may require substantial revisions and resubmission; and 4) the manuscript is not approved for publication.


    If there are no identifiable problems with the paper, it is likely that the paper will be published within nine month’s time, however if there are revisions and so on to be made, the time frame may be longer than nine months before publication.



    Book Review Submissions:

    Book reviews are expected to be between 1000 and 1500 words. When writing a book review, authors should highlight key insights, theoretical approaches, and/or methodology as well as the expected audience of the book and the author's intentions.  Book reviews should not be chapter-by-chapter summaries of each of the individual chapters within the book.

    Book Reviews should be set out as follows:

    Black, A. and Gill, B. eds. (2004). Insecurity in the New Era of Terrorism. London: Langham Press.
    Reviewed by:  (Author's name and Institution)

    Authors are also expected to follow the same guidelines as those set out above (with regard to APA styling, and formatting).



Copyright Notice

If your submission is published by the Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, the author will agree not to publish it elsewhere without first obtaining consent from the Editors of the Canadian Journal of Family and Youth. Once consent is obtained, it is expected that authors will include an acknowledgement of prior publication in the Canadian Journal of Family and Youth.


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