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Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary, scholar-led, refereed academic journal, the mandate of which is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people. Our scope is international; while we have a special interest in Canada, we welcome submissions concerning all areas and cultures. We are especially interested in the cultural functions and representations of “the child." This can include children’s and young adult literature and media; young people’s material culture, including toys; digital culture and young people; historical and contemporary constructions, functions, and roles of “the child” and adolescents; and literature, art, and films by children and young adults. We welcome articles in both English and French.
All submissions should conform to MLA style and be free of citation software formatting. The name of the author should be removed from the submission (including from the Document Properties) and appear on a separate page along with contact information (including phone number and e-mail address) and a 100-150-word abstract.
Jeunesse has a green open access policy, which means our authors are permitted to place post-print publisher-version PDFs of their articles in their institutional repositories. Our editorials, forums, and reviews are immediately open access.
Print ISSN: 1920-2601 / Online ISSN: 1920-261x
The editorial for each issue is written either by the lead editor for Jeunesse, Dr. Heather Snell, or by a guest/special issue editor.
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All submissions should conform to MLA style (8th edition). The name of the author should be removed from the submission (including in the Document Properties) and appear on a separate page along with contact information, including phone number and email address as well as a 150-200 word-abstract. If submitting via the website, ensure your profile information includes address and phone number, and that you have completed the fields for the abstract and keywords during the submission process.
The editors invite submission of article-length manuscripts of no more than 25 pages or 7000 words, with some leeway for lengthy footnotes, endnotes, or Works Cited.
If you are submitting images with your article, please ensure they are 300dpi TIFF files. Please note that authors need to obtain permissions for all copyrighted images before they can be published as part of their articles. If you are unsure as to how to go about obtaining permissions, please let us know and we can advise you.
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"Forums” is a venue for discussions of themes, issues or problems related to the study of young people’s texts and cultures. The idea is to create a roundtable in which multiple perspectives may be brought to bear on the same subject. If you are interested in organizing a forum, please query the editors.
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Jeunesse review essays consider recent cultural texts and international scholarly theory and criticism. Jeunesse invites responses to groupings of texts and approaches in addition to standard academic reviews of a single monograph or anthology. While these essays are by invitation, queries are welcome. Please see guidelines below as well as past issues of Jeunesse for examples of reviews and review essays.
Standard Academic Review of a Single Monograph or Anthology:
Jeunesse publishes standard academic reviews of a single monograph or anthology; these reviews are in the 1500-2000 word range. Anything longer qualifies as a review essay, provided that the piece takes into account at least two different texts (please see guidelines for review essays below).
A standard academic review should a) provide a succinct summary of the book, b) a sense of how it is styled and structured, c) a critical assessment of it, and d) a statement about its value as a resource. Authors should keep in mind the objective of a scholarly review, namely: to offer the journal’s readers a sense of what the book is about, how its author explores the topic, to what extent it is a meaningful contribution to the field of young people’s texts and cultures, and to whom it might be useful.
Under this category of review, we also consider toys, games (including video games), films, a series, or TV shows (episodes, seasons, or the show overall). All texts reviewed are typically ones that have been published or released within the last twelve months at the time of undertaking the review.
Longer Academic Reviews of Groupings of Texts:
Jeunesse also publishes longer reviews in the 3500-4000 word range of groupings of texts that have in common a focus on one particular theme, genre, or issue. While we do accept longer reviews of just two texts, we prefer that authors review three or more texts, assessing the kinds of trends and patterns identifiable across them, as well as how they depart from one another.
As with the shorter reviews of single texts, longer reviews should also provide a succinct summary of the books, a sense of their structures, a critical assessment, and a statement about their value, as resources or otherwise. Unlike the shorter reviews, however, they should also offer an argument that both highlights the value of reviewing the texts together and offers a sense of how the theme, genre, or issue taken up in the review is currently being engaged, and with what implications, in the children’s/YA book or culture industries generally.
Accepted texts include books, toys, games (including video games), films, series, or TV shows.
All texts reviewed are typically ones that have been published or released within the last twelve months at the time of undertaking the review.
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"Resources" is something of a catch-all term for research materials we think will be of use and interest to our readers. For this section, we are particularly interested in such things as short pieces concerning notable archives and book collections, annotated bibliographies of texts on a particular topic or theme, and interviews with authors of both children's texts and scholarly works. If you are interested in writing a piece for this section, please query the editors.
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Peer Review Process
Each submitted manuscript is first assessed by the editorial board to determine whether it fits the journal’s mandate. If suitable, the manuscript then undergoes double-blind peer review by two reviewers and is evaluated on the following basis:
- logic of argument;
- soundness of research and theoretical framework, including scope and quality of references;
- extent of contribution to scholarship in the area; and
- quality and style of writing.
The editors make an effort to seek reviewers internationally based on their expertise.
Normal turn-around time for evaluation of manuscripts is six months from the date of receipt.
Author Self-ArchivingThis journal permits authors to post items published in the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in Jeunesse. These items must be the publisher's post-print PDFs.
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Code of Ethics
Jeunesse uses a double-blind review process for articles.
General duties and responsibilities of editors
- Editors strive to ensure that peer review at Jeunesse is fair, unbiased, and timely.
- Editors conduct an annual editorial board self-review.
- Editors publish and review guidelines both to authors on the requirements for submitting manuscripts to the journal and to reviewers on the requirements for undertaking peer review.
General duties and responsibilities of authors
- Authors must ensure that their submissions have not been previously published, nor are they before other journals for consideration.
- Authors must ensure that no part of their work is copied from any other work, either authored by themselves or others.
- Authors should obtain permission from the creator for any fan work or blog post cited in a submitted article. When citing fan blog sites such as LiveJournal or Dreamwidth, only unlocked posts may be used. Submissions should use the following format: blog source (LiveJournal, Dreamwidth), user or community name, and date of post. This provides correct sourcing information while permitting fans a modicum of privacy. Direct URLs to these sources may be provided if explicit permission has been obtained.
- Authors who use informants must provide an explanation of methodology, including receipt of institutional review board approval (if relevant), the form that informed consent took for the project, and the mode of interaction (face to face or online).
General duties and responsibilities of reviewers
- Reviewers who accept an invitation to review a manuscript or a book should provide a fair review within the agreed timescale. Where unanticipated events make it impossible to meet the agreed deadline, reviewers must contact the editorial office or, in the case of a book review, the Editors, as soon as possible, either to schedule a mutually agreed alternative deadline or to withdraw from reviewing the manuscript or book.
- Reviewers must provide substantiated and fair reviews. These must avoid personal attack, and not include any material that is defamatory, inaccurate, libelous, misleading, obscene, scandalous, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable, or that infringes any other person’s copyright, right of privacy, or other rights.
Appeals against editorial decisions
Editorial decisions regarding manuscripts are made on the basis of peer review and the Editors are responsible for all such decisions. The Editors may be requested to reconsider adverse reviews and decisions. In such an event, they will undertake reconsiderations expeditiously. Their decision is final and there are no provisions for further appeal. Once a paper has been accepted for publication, the decision to publish should not be reversed, including by any incoming Editors in respect of papers accepted by their predecessor(s), unless serious problems are identified. Such examples could include, but are not limited to, self-plagiarism, double publication, data fabrication, fraud, content that is defamatory, inaccurate, libelous, misleading, obscene, scandalous, unlawful or otherwise objectionable or that infringes on any other person’s copyright, right of privacy, or other rights.
Conflict of Interest
Where a manuscript is submitted by a family member of one of the Editors, or by an author whose relationship with one of the Editors might create the perception of bias (for example, in terms of close friendship or conflict/rivalry), the Editor will declare a conflict of interest and the manuscript will be handled by one of the other Editors. The Editor who has declared a conflict of interest will not be involved in selecting referees or making any decisions on the paper.
If one of the Editors considers that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to his/her handling of a manuscript or book for review, s/he will declare it to the other Editors. Arrangements for review will be handled by one of the other Editors. The Editor who has declared a conflict of interest will not be involved in selecting referees or making any decisions relating to the review.
Any complaint relating to the journal should be directed towards the Editors. The Editors are responsible for the timely and thorough investigation of all complaints and for reporting the outcome of their investigation to the complainant.
This code of ethics was adapted from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (http://publicationethics.org/) and Transformative Works and Cultures (http://journal.transformativeworks.org).
Policy for E-Reserve Systems and Course Management Systems
Authorized subscribing libraries may place Jeunesse articles and reviews in their institution's e-reserve systems and course management systems.
Policy for Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
Authorized subscribing libraries may engage in ILL of Jeunesse content by providing a hard copy to an end user for non-commercial research or private study with a non-commercial purpose. There is no permission granted for onward transmission or distribution beyond this individual end user. The Jeunesse database may be used in this way by authorized subscribing libraries to print out and post, or fax, hard copy text, or to scan and transmit an article by secure electronic transmission to an individual end user.
Policy for Course Packs
Rather than provide transactional licenses for coursepacks, we ask that instructors provide links to the journal to their students.
History of CCL/LCJ: 1975-2005
CCL/LCJ's founding editors (English Professors John Robert Sorfleet, Elizabeth Waterston, Glenys Stow, and Mary Henley Rubio) began the journal in 1975 at the University of Guelph because there was no serious scholarly journal about children's literature in Canada. Canadian academic journals treating adult literature ignored the field of children's literature. There were few academic journals about children's literature in either the U.S.A., Britain, or Europe at that time, and the existing ones did not cover Canadian materials. In fact, neither Canadian nor international researchers had any source for locating in-depth information about Canada's literature for children. And if Canadian scholars were to write serious articles on the field, treating either current or historical topics, they had no place to publish their research. All that was available were the timely but short descriptive reviews of children's books in Quill & Quire (which served the book trade) and In Review (a now-defunct publication of the Ontario provincial library service). If Canadian children's literature was to be seen at all, either in Canada or on the world stage, and if it was to be taken seriously as a cultural product (as adult literature was), it needed serious scrutiny. CCL/LCJ stepped into that role.
The founding editors all taught literature at Guelph -- British, American, and Canadian -- and were operating in an English department that was then beginning to examine the impact of colonialism and cross-cultural influences on Canada, a nation comprised of native peoples and immigrants from many countries (with a majority from the British Isles and France). As parents and scholars, the editors were convinced that the stories told or read to children played a substantial role in identity-formation, in acculturation, and, most important, in international understanding. They saw that children's literature and culture were becoming a powerful and contested economic force. They also saw that the study of a nation's literature for children provided an excellent way for outsiders to study a country's culture. For these reasons, the founding editors of CCL/LCJ dedicated their journal to collecting, analysing, and distributing information about the children's literature in Canada in hopes that this field which had been invisible might be identified and grow. CCL/LCJ would carry serious analysis of Canadian books to those who worked with children, to those who were introducing courses in children's literature into university curricula, and to international scholars who were mapping the impact of colonialism and globalization in a world-wide cultural context. From our own teaching, we could see that children's literature from the British Isles had been an extremely influential feature in the 19th and 20th century British colonization process around the world.
In the next decade after its founding, CCL/LCJ expanded to become bilingual, covering francophone children's literature in Canadian, with the help first of Professor François Paré (1983) and then of Professor Daniel Chouinard (1992), both faculty members at Guelph. CCL's editorial team welcomed Marie C. Davis (1990) as the other senior editors (first J. R. Sorfleet, the first Editor in 1975; then Glenys Stow, and eventually Elizabeth Waterston) moved on. Daniel Chouinard, Marie C. Davis, and Mary Rubio continued as co-editors until 2005. Throughout these years, both the book and entertainment industries for children developed immensely worldwide, and Canadian books and films gained international recognition and distribution. CCL/LCJ both assisted in and chronicled this advancement. The field of children's literature itself began to move into an important place in the academy in Canada and elsewhere.
CCL/LCJ itself expanded as the field grew, with help from Contributing Editors at other universities across Canada (Hélène Beauchamp, Carole Carpenter, Joanne Findon, James C. Greenlaw, Cornelia Hoogland, Marlene Kadar, Roderick McGillis, Claudia Mitchell, Perry Nodelman, Jason Nolan, Lissa Paul, Suzanne Pouliot, Mavis Reimer, and Judith Saltman); from graduate students (Kate Wood, Kristyn Dunnion, Katie Donohue, Kathy Jia, Marissa McHugh, and Benjamin Lefebvre, who helped in the Administrator's role and served as Assistant Editor from 2001 until 2005); and from several dedicated and long-serving Administrators at Guelph, especially Barbara Conolly and Gay Christofides. CCL was given financial assistance by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, by the University of Guelph, and from interested individuals. Linda Day, of the University of Guelph Library, produced an annotated, electronically searchable index to all CCL/LCJ's issues for the website. This index provided a comprehensive resource for anyone -- anywhere in the world -- who wanted to do research in children's literature in Canada, in Canadian culture, in cross-cultural influences, or in the culture of childhood.
In 2005, after 30 years at the University of Guelph, with 116 issues produced, CCL moved to the University of Winnipeg.
Mary Henley Rubio
University Professor Emeritus
University of Guelph