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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Neither your name nor your affiliation appears anywhere in the abstract, in the body of the article, in its header or footer, or in the name you have given the file.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text uses a 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman); employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • You have made every reasonable effort to determine rights to third-party work (such as images) used in the submission, and have obtained permission for this use wherever possible. Permission has been acknowledged in the submission. No submission will be accepted for publication until all necessary permissions have been obtained.
  • You are aware that the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International license applies to all works published by the Journal of Juvenilia Studies and that authors will retain copyright of their work.

Author Guidelines

Authors will never be charged any fee to submit or publish a manuscript through the JJS.


The JJS publishes one volume annually. This volume may contain up to two issues, published online independently but gathered into one volume for print publication. (Volume 1 was published July 2018, online and in print; Volume 2, no. 1, was published online only in June 2019; a print volume 2, contaning issue no. 1 and issue no. 2, will be published in early 2020.) Each contributor will be provided with a copy of the print issue. The editorial board welcomes submissions throughout the year, although individual issues will have submission deadlines advertised in "Announcements." A typical submission will be 6,000 to 7,000 words in length (excluding the works-cited list). However, the editor welcomes queries about articles that fall outside this range.

The editors are responsible for final decisions regarding publication and reserve the right to edit for brevity, clarity, and consistency of style. A final decision to publish or not is made by the appropriate editor after peer review. All submissions to JJS should follow MLA style as laid out in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, with minor differences noted under Author Guidelines. Queries may be sent to the Editor, Lesley Peterson, at

Book Reviews

The JJS publishes thoughtful reviews of monographs, essay collections, scholarly editions, and other works of relevance to the field of juvenilia studies. A review will normally be 750-1000 words in length for a review of a single title. Please contact the Book Review Editor for exceptions or for reviews of more than one title. To avoid duplication, we encourage authors to send a query before submitting an unsolicited review. Our Book Review Editor, Donna Couto, may be reached at 

Presentation: The JJS asks authors to follow the style guidelines of the Modern Languages Association as set out in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook. In place of a title, please identify all of the following:

  • Full names, as per copyright page, of author(s) and, as appropriate, of editor(s), illustrator(s), and translator(s)
  • Title of book (including subtitle), as per copyright page
  • Year of publication
  • Publisher
  • Number of pages
  • Price (please indicate paperback or hardcover and specify currency)
  • ISBN
  • Reviewed by [your name]

 Book Review Guidelines

The following guidelines are offered for those who find them useful; authors are not required to adhere to them. We do not prescribe a particular structure or methodology, and we welcome a wide variety of approaches.

Main purposes of the review:

1) Inform: introduce the reader to the book’s content without giving a chapter-by-chapter summary; instead, identify the author’s main purpose and argument, and describe how he or she develops this argument (approach, methodology).

  • In identifying the author’s purpose, it is often useful to be explicit about the book’s intended audience.
  • The context (e.g. author’s background, reason for writing the book) may be relevant.
  • Be specific, and provide samples: give details, including brief quotations that are representative or revealing.

 2) Critique: analyze and evaluate how—and how effectively—this book adds to, challenges, or changes our knowledge of the subject. Readers want to know about the book’s merits: its usefulness, its scholarly value, the rigour of the research and scholarship on which it is based, its readability. Does the book offer new information? An innovative approach? A useful introduction? The most thorough and expert overview of the subject ever written? A valuable if controversial perspective?

  • This assessment typically often involves making relevant comparisons to earlier or similar books in the field.
  • If the book is an edited collection of essays, or chapters by different individuals, do address the work’s overall theme or purpose, but feel free to focus on specific chapters you consider particularly significant or worthwhile.
  • Aspects of style, design, and editing may be mentioned if you consider them important.
  • Your own expert knowledge will and should be evident.

Essential components of a review (not to be taken as prescriptive or restrictive):

  1. A brief overview of the book’s main purpose, thesis, or organizing principle
  2. The work set in context: identify which field of scholarship it belongs in and how it compares with other books in that field.
  3. Analysis of the book’s strengths and weaknesses with examples of each.
  4. Conclusion that brings together the main points of the review in a fresh and memorable style.

Presentation of the review: see above.

This document is based on and owes a considerable debt to the following:

“Book Review Guidelines.” Armstrong State University, Accessed 11 January 2018.

“Book Review Guidelines.” Harvard Review Online, Harvard University, Accessed 11 January 2018.

“Guidelines for Book Reviews.” Children, Youth and Environments, CYE Center, University of Colorado Boulder, Accessed 11 January 2018.

Invited Contributions

This section may not appear in every issue. It is for creative or scholarly contributions that were invited by the Journal of Juvenilia Studies editor.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

In this section the Journal of Juvenilia Studies publishes only articles that have been accepted following a double-blind peer review process.

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