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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.
  • All articles must be the author’s original work, previously unpublished, and not being reviewed for publication with another journal.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as files prepared in MS Word. The manuscript should be double-spaced and formatted for 81⁄2 x 11” (21.5 x 28 cm) paper, with 1” (2.54 cm) margins on both sides of the page.
  • All IJCYFS submissions, reviews, and editorial work are completed through our online peer review management system.
  • DOIs have been included for all academic articles listed in the Works Cited.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the Guidelines and Requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Potential reviewers: You are required to upload a separate sheet with names, addresses (including email address), affiliation, and position of five qualified potential reviewers with expertise relevant to the subject of your manuscript.  However, IJCYFS cannot guarantee that the suggested reviewers shall be used or contacted to review your manuscript.
  • Carefully review the double-blind review requirements as stipulated in the submission guidelines, and ensure that you comply with them

Author Guidelines


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as Word documents and should be a minimum of 5000 words and a maximum of 7000 words in length (excluding references). Submission of an original manuscript to the Journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published and that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication. Authors must take full responsibility for all figures and present them as camera-ready copies.

Double-Blind Peer Review

a) Include a separate title page with the name(s), institutional affiliation, institutional status (professor, student, independent researcher, etc.), and email of each author and identify the corresponding author;
b) On the title page, include the institutional ethics board that approved the study (if applicable), funding sources, and acknowledgements;
c) Use (Author, Year) for previous work cited in the text from any of the authors;
d) Verify that the figures and tables do not refer to the author's institutional affiliations;
e) Refer to publications from authors with (AUTHOR, Year) in the references;
f) Remove information related to acknowledgements, funding sources, or specific research ethics institutional boards from the text;
g) Remove all identifying information and author names from document properties.


For each article, the author must provide a 100-200 word abstract in English. This summary should be placed immediately below the article title on the first page of the article.


Author Bio

The author(s) must supply a brief (25 words) bio including name, rank, institution, institutional address, and email address on the separate cover page of the article. For example, John Doe is a Professor of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2. Email: e.g.  

General Formatting

The style of presentation should conform to the guidelines outlined in the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). References must be included with all submissions; these, too, should follow the guidelines outlined in the APA Manual.

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Manuscript Layout

Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: introduction (motivation, problem identification and a short literature survey), present investigation (background, method, materials, subjects and results), and conclusion.

Title page

Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of the manuscript, 2) name of the author(s), 3) name of the department(s) and institution(s), and 4) name and full postal address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper.

The title should be informative and accurate and, at the same time, trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the paper.


All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed.

Conflict of interest and funding

Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results.

Ethics and consent

The IJCYFS only publishes manuscripts based on research approaches that respect the rights, dignity, and well-being of children, youth and their families. You can learn more about ethical research involving children here. All primary research must be approved by a local research ethics board. Please include the name of the committee and file number in the relevant section of your manuscript.

Communication: IJCYFS' editorial team will acknowledge receipt of the manuscript and eventually communicate the Editorial Committee's decision.

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