Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

YALSA's peer-reviewed, open-access online research journal, the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, publishes high-quality researchon a continous basis. View the latest issue at

For submission information, read the author guidelines.

Mission Statement

The purpose of Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services, as emphasized in YALSA's National Research Agenda. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the informational and developmental needs of young adults; the management, implementation, and evaluation of library services for young adults; and other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with young adults. The journal also includes literary and cultural analysis of classic and contemporary writing for young adults.

As the scholarly, refereed journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults distributes major research findings worldwide through electronic publication. The primary audience for Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults includes academics, public librarians, school librarians, and secondary school educators who advocate for young adults and strive to support their developmental and educational needs.

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults invites manuscripts that meet the review criteria provided in the manuscript policy. Manuscripts may be based on original qualitative or quantitative research, an innovative conceptual framework, or a substantial literature review that opens new areas of inquiry and investigation. The journal recognizes the contributions other disciplines make to expanding and enriching theory, research and practice in young adult library services and welcomes manuscripts from them.

Purpose and Scope of the Journal

  • To serve as a vehicle for disseminating research of interest to librarians, library workers  and academics who focus on library service for and with young adults, ages 12 through 18.
  • To provide researchers with a respected vehicle for publishing research of interest to professionals who focus on library services for and with young adults.
  • To serve as the official research publication of the association, including but not limited to publishing annotated lists of recent research from YALSA’s Research Committee, Henne Award winning research and papers from YALSA’s annual Young Adult Services Symposium.
  • The scope of the journal includes all aspects of library services for and with young adults at every level and for all types of libraries.


Please contact Denise Agosto, the editor, at to discuss submissions and use the author guidelines.


Questions? Interested in publishing? Contact the editor at or YALSA Staff Liaison, Tim Clifford, at

Research Journal Advisory Board

Abbey Lance

Patrica Sarles