The International journal of Open Youth Work

The International Journal of Open Youth Work provides a space for exploration and critical reflection on open youth work practice. It enables youth workers and academics to work together on research, writing up of practice, exploration of methodology and any other aspect which contributes to the development of open youth work. This mix of practice and theory is intentional: Practice without theory is as sad as theory without relevance to practice.

The aim of The International Journal of Open Youth Work is to connect research and practice in the field of open youth work and thereby narrow the existing gap between the two. The target groups are therefore threefold; youth workers, academic researchers/scholars and stakeholders whom is active and/or have a professional or political interest in youth work.

Often, but not exclusively from a European experience, the Journal is published online two times a year and contains refereed articles, exploration of practice and methodology, research, policy analysis and book reviews. It is addressed to open youth workers; youth work academic specialists, researchers and practitioners who are involved in making policies affecting young people.

How to contribute
Contributions to the journal could come from, academic researchers/scholars, youth workers and stakeholders whom is active and/or have a professional or political interest in youth work. The journal encourages joint ventures among them with academic researcher/scholars as one part. The journal consequently opens up for various forms of co-writing where scholars write together with practitioners.
The journal has a broader focus than peer-reviewed journals generally have. Still, it has a strict peer-review procedure for contributions from academic scholars.

timeline

If you will not write for the 1st issue, you can prepare for the 2nd. The 2nd issue will be published online in November 2017, with the first deadline on August 1st. 2017.

Scope
Each issue of the the International Journal of Open Youth Work will have six sections, Guidelines for the content of the journal are:
• Research: between 3000 and 5000 words Present co-created research where researchers and practitioners/stakeholders write together on joint ventures; for instance on projects of action research or theoretically grounded projects aiming to develop youth work or to develop the organisation or management of youth work. Peer review procedure. The contributions will be read and commented by both a scholar and a practitioner/stakeholder.

• Articles: between 3000 and 5000 words in length The article should contain an extended discussion on theoretical and/or methodological (research) issues concerning open youth work connected to the research project at hand.

Peer review and a substantial popular summary (2-3 pages) must be added, where the direct relevance for the practice, organisation and/or management of open youth work shall be presented and discussed. The contributions will be read and commented by both a scholar and a practitioner

• Critical Conversations or Provocation piece:: between 1000 and 2000 words Present an article containing experiences of youth work and/or thoughts on youth work in order to highlight and discuss conditions, possibilities and problems in or connected to open youth work in a broader sense. The aim is to create debate or open up for new perspectives. Contributions from youth workers are welcome. Editorial procedures but not peer review

• Good Practice Sharing: between 1000 and 2000 words Present an article where practitioners, researchers or stakeholders writes alone or together on joint ventures; for instance on a youth worker is interviewed about a new dynamic piece of youth work practice and this is written up to share good practice. Peer review procedure. The contributions will be read and commented by both a scholar and a practitioner/stakeholder.

• National or European Policy Reviews: between 1500 and 2000 words Present an overview and critical commentary about specific and related National or International policy, with a focus on the impact for practice and young people

• Book Reviews: between 500 and 1000 words Provide a review of new books and or journal articles that especially focus upon youth work methodology and its broadest subject of interest.

Submissions will be read by a member of the Editorial Board, before being submitted to a system of blind refereeing by two external assessors. Articles should be emailed in Word for Windows (IBM or Apple compatible) together with a hard copy. The text should be one-and-a-half spacing with left hand margins of 1.5inches (4cm). There should be double-spacing between paragraphs. Figures, tables and acknowledgments should be on separate sheets, with their approximate position indicated in the text margin. Illustrations and graphs should be to ‘camera ready’ copy standard. Drawings should be in sharp black on white paper.

Quotations please indent all quotations of fifty words or more and in these cases eliminate quotation marks. In general, use single quotes (‘…’) with double quotes (“…”) for quotations within quotations.

Italic, please use italic type for the titles of books and periodicals.

Notes and references should normally be given, in alphabetical order by author, at the end of the article. In citing references please use the Harvard referencing for books and articles. Bibliographical references in the text should quote the author’s name and date of publication as follows (Johnstone, 1999). Articles not submitted in the appropriate format will be returned to the author before being sent to referees.

Copyright, individual authors are responsible for ideas and opinions expressed in their articles and for obtaining the necessary copyright. Articles are accepted on the understanding that they are not published elsewhere and authors are required to transfer copyright to the publisher of the Journal.

Submission of articles and reviews, manuscripts for publication may be submitted to any member of the Editorial Board, or directly to the Editors.

Graphs should be black and white, with the title only in the header of the figure. Font size for excel graphs should be 9. Font size, space, colour and decimals should be consistant from figure to figure.

Complaint procedure

If the authors disagree with the editorial decision on their manuscripts they have a right to appeal.

Authors who wish to appeal an editorial decision should contact the Chief Editor of the journal. In such cases the Chief Editor will review the manuscript, editorial and peer reviewers’ comments and give his/her decision for accepting or rejecting a manuscript. Decision of the Chief Editor in such case will be final.

Editorial Matters: For complaints related to policies, procedures, editorial content and actions of the editorial staff

How to make a complaint: The complaint can be made by writing an email publishingdirector@openyouthwork.org. Ideally the complaint should be made to the person with whom the complainant is in regular contact for the matter being complained about. If due to any reason it is not appropriate or possible to complain to the contact person, please email to: Email to send complaints

All complaints will be acknowledged within three working days.

Complaints Handling Policy

First Contact: The complaints will be resolved by the person to whom they are made. If the person to whom the complaint is made is not able to deal with the complaint he or she will refer it to another Peer Editor.

Second Contact: Another Peer Editor will resolve the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved by the Peer Editor, it will be referred to the Chief Editor.

Third Contact: For all matters related to the policies, procedures, editorial content and actions of the editorial staff, the decision of the Chief Editor will be final. If the Chief Editor is unavailable for any reason, the complaint will be referred to the Managing Editor of International Journal of Open Youth Work.

Complaint Resolution: All efforts will be made to resolve the complaint as quickly as possible. In some cases, delay in complaint resolution may occur if a response from any third person or organization is required. Until the complaint is resolved, a complaint resolution update will be provided to the complainant, every two weeks, until the complaint is finally resolved.

Editorial Matters: For complaints related to the conduct of the (not including the final decision of) Chief Editor or Non-Editorial Matters: For complaints related to the International Journal of Open Youth Work except as given in sections above.

How to make a complaint: The complaint can be made by writing an email publishingdirector@openyouthwork.org. Complaints about matters related to International Journal of Open Youth Work which is not related to policies, procedures, actions of the editorial staff and editorial content can be made to mangingdirector@openyouthwork.org. All complaints will be acknowledged within three working days.

Complaint Resolution: All efforts will be made to resolve the complaint as quickly as possible. In some cases, delay in complaint resolution may occur if a response from any third person or organization is required. Until the complaint is resolved, a complaint resolution update will be provided to the complainant, every two weeks, until the complaint is finally resolved.

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