Published date01 April 2024
AuthorUrsula Kilkelly,Stefaan Pleysier
Date01 April 2024
Subject MatterEditorial
Youth Justice
2024, Vol. 24(1) 3 –7
© The Author(s) 2024
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DOI: 10.1177/14732254241236002
Ursula Kilkelly and Stefaan Pleysier
2023 – The Year in Review
As with last year (Kilkelly and Pleysier, 2023), this first editorial of 2024 aims to look
back at the year just past – 2023 – to report to you, our readers and supporters, on trends
and performance in the development of Youth Justice – An International Journal. The year
2023 was a very busy year for Youth Justice, with submissions up 43.2% on 2022. In par-
ticular, we received 63 new articles in 2023, and a total of 91 submissions were received,
when revised articles are taken into account. As editors, we took a decision on 51 of those
articles, with an acceptance rate of 39%, an increase from a 30% acceptance rate in 2022.
In 2023, we published three issues, in Volume 23, comprising a total of 388 pages, up
from 360 in 2022. This allowed us to publish 14 articles in 2023, a target we are keen to
expand in 2024. Eleven articles were published in Open Access in 2023, as part of an
institutional package, an increase from five in 2022.
Increasing Diversity in the Origin of Articles Received
In terms of the origins of the articles submitted, 32% of articles came from authors based
in the United Kingdom, 19% from the United States, 11% from Australia and 10% from
Canada. Although English speaking countries continue to dominate the vast majority of
articles submitted to Youth Justice, in line with our ambitions set out last year, it is good
to see an increasing number of articles from other regions and countries. For example, in
2023, 4% of articles submitted came from China, with articles received also from coun-
tries including: Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines. Articles from European
countries, including Italy, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands were also among those
received. Among those published in 2023 were articles from Australia, Vietnam, the
United States, Denmark and Ireland as well as a comparative piece featuring the United
Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and Poland. We are especially pleased with the continuing geo-
graphical reach of the journals although submissions from Africa and Asia continue to be
very small in number and have, at times, struggled to reach the publishable standard asso-
ciated with the journal. We are very keen to receive an increased number of submissions
from authors in these regions, especially from the global south, so that youth justice schol-
arship can benefit from a more rich and diverse range of perspectives. We would espe-
cially like to receive articles from jurisdictions less frequently featured in the youth justice
literature and from early career scholars who are invited to contact the editors informally
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