•  
  •  
 

Submission Guidelines

What Types of Articles Will Be Considered?

Original Research: Submissions in this category consist of qualitative or quantitative studies which provide new information related to adolescent and family health. Qualitative research articles may include case studies, phenomenological studies, grounded theory, ethnographic studies, or similar methods. Quantitative research articles may include experimental studies, quasi-experimental studies, correlational studies, descriptive studies, or meta-analyses. Original research articles should follow the APA reporting standards as much as possible and include an abstract, introduction/literature review, method, results, and discussion section (see for details: http://www.apastyle.org/manual/related/JARS-MARS.pdf).

Conceptual Articles: Submissions in this category should represent original ideas or new ways of thinking about established theories and/or practices within disciplines related to adolescent and family health. These articles might include new theoretical perspectives, innovative ways of conceptualizing or implementing established practices, or systematic literature reviews.

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts are submitted via the UTC Scholar website. This can be accomplished either through clicking “Submit Article” on the sidebar of the UTC Scholar website, or by clicking this link: Manuscripts are submitted via the UTC Scholar website. This can be accomplished either through clicking “Submit Article” on the sidebar of the UTC Scholar website, or by clicking this link: http://scholar.utc.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=jafh. Detailed submission instructions are available on that page.

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published elsewhere in identical or substantially similar form, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to the Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print). If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, please contact the editors.

The Journal of Adolescent and Family Health uses a blind peer review process; therefore authors must refrain from including identifying information within the manuscript. References to author name, title, institutional affiliation, etc., should be omitted. When citing previous work published by the author(s), the author name(s) should be masked (e.g. [Authors, 2013]).

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should conform to APA Style, as indicated by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. In order to facilitate the blind review process, do not include a title page. During the submission process, you will be required to provide author names through the UTC Scholar system. Begin the document with the abstract; a title page will be added to your paper by the editors. The abstract should not exceed 120 words. All text should be double spaced. Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers; these will be added by the UTC Scholar system.

Tables and Figures

Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, or RTF files are accepted). To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text.

Page Limit

Submissions should not exceed 40 double-spaced pages, including references.

References

References should conform to APA Style. Please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.

Language Requirements

The language of your article should be Standard American English, except for common foreign words and phrases or when foreign words/phrases are relevant to manuscript content. Authors should follow APA style guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age.

Permission Requirements

It is the author’s responsibility to secure permission to use copyrighted materials (e.g., lengthy quotations of approx. 400+ words from one source, previously published tables/figures, etc.). A copy of the publisher’s/copyright holder’s written permission must be submitted to the editors of the Journal of Adolescent and Family Health upon acceptance for publication.