Focus and Scope

Commonwealth Youth and Development is a multidisciplinary biannual publication that seeks to promote understanding of, and impetus for, the empowerment of the youth which will enable them to play a crucial and constructive role in the development of their communities. It recognises the importance of the youth and youth workers in developing countries and seeks to promote the professionalisation of youth work.


The journal is aimed at students, academics, practitioners and policymakers in the field of youth and development. It publishes research and writing by academics and practitioners, providing a platform for rigorous debate about policies, programmes and processes. Contributions focus on the developing world and have international, regional or national focus, and are in the form of research findings, work in progress, notes from the field, case studies, interviews and book reviews.

Accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa

Peer Review Process

All submissions are peer-reviewed by means of the double blind system to guarantee impartiality and a focus on quality of the submissions. All articles submitted to the journal are peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. In cases where reviewers do not agree in their assessment of a particular submission, a third review is obtained, and in exceptional cases a fourth review. The final decision in the case of a dispute between reviewers lies with the editors.

Self-archiving Policy

Author's Pre-print:

  author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)

Author's Post-print:

  author can archive post-print (ie final accepted version post-refereeing)

Publisher's Version/PDF:

  author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF

General Conditions:

  • On Institutional Repositories, social media repositories (Research Gate) and subject repositories 18 months embargo (from date of acceptance).
  • Must link to publisher version
  • Published source must be acknowledged with DOI