Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

  • Youth Engagement in Health Promotion is a bi-annual peer-reviewed online journal devoted to the practical application of youth engagement within health promotion.

  • The goal of the publication is to provide an international forum for those committed to engaging youth through meaningful participation in health promotion efforts to share knowledge and research including health promotion being done by youth for youth.

  • The Journal encourages discussion/experiential based submissions from young authors.

  • The publication features original articles, reviews, debate and narrative articles that describe major theories and concepts, research projects, applied and community based research and policy approaches to youth engagement and health promotion.

  • There are currently no other Journals that focus primarily on youth engagement as a health promotion strategy nor are there any that actively solicit youth voice opinion/experiential pieces to be submitted and published. This Journal would be the first of its kind to compile international youth-led health promotion initiatives and original research examining the practice of youth engagement in health promotion.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Editorial procedures
Submitted manuscripts are filtered through the Editors-in-Chief who appoint a member of the Editorial Board to act as Reviewing Editor based on their given area of expertise. Editors-in-Chief may themselves review manuscripts, acting as both Editor-in-Chief and Reviewing Editor for these manuscripts.

Review process
If a paper is clearly outside the journal's remit or does not warrant a full review because it is considered insufficiently novel or important and likely to have little or no impact on the subject area, the manuscript is returned to the corresponding author as quickly as possible with a cover letter giving reasons for denial, but without a full report.

Papers recommended for full review are independently reviewed by two Reviewers, a Senior Reviewer and a Reviewing Editor. Senior reviewers are acknowledged experts in their field and are invited by the Reviewing Editor to report on the manuscript based on the content area. In some cases a second Senior Reviewer may be consulted if their particular expertise is needed. It is the aim of the Editorial Board that authors should receive an editorial report within 8 weeks of receipt of the complete manuscript. If Reviewers or Senior Reviewers fail to report on time, the Reviewing Editor may make an editorial decision without further delay.

Reviewers who prove to be unreliable will not be invited to review for the journal again.


Whilst a manuscript is under review, it should be treated as strictly confidential. It should not be given for comment to any other party outside the assigned team of reviewers.

Reviewers and Senior Reviewers are not to contact the corresponding author directly. Communication will be through the Senior Editor and/or the Editors-in-Chief. All communication will happen in writing.


Editorial Board Members and Editors-in-Chief

Editorial Board members will check experimental and publication ethics on all submitted manuscripts, scrutinize revised papers (in consultation with the assigned Reviewing Editor if necessary), liaise with the Editor-in-Chief on complaints or appeals from authors, and actively promote their areas of research.

The Editors-in-Chief of Youth Engagement in Health Promotion appoint Reviewing Editors who are responsible for the quality of publications in a specific field of interest and with expertise relevant to that field. The Editors-in-Chief distribute papers to appropriate Reviewing Editors, decide on the basis of reports received whether or not a paper is acceptable for publication, and communicate the decision to the author.

Reviewing Editors

The Reviewing Editor ensures prompt and skillful review of submitted manuscripts related to their field of expertise. The Reviewing Editor will report on whether submissions are of considerable importance in the field. With the help and advice of two independent Reviewers and a Senior Reviewer, Reviewing Editors provide a report and recommendation for acceptance or rejection for all the manuscripts they receive. The Reviewing Editor may additionally ask for specific advice from another Reviewing Editor on any aspect (such as terminology, methods, statistics) with which s/he is not entirely familiar. The Editors-in-chief are responsible for the final decision of whether or not manuscripts are accepted for publication. Reviewing Editors normally return an initial decision to authors within 8 weeks of submission.

Senior Reviewers

The role of a Senior Reviewer is to assess the content of the manuscript based on their expertise in the field. The Senior Reviewer will receive a copy of the two independent Reviewers’ comments along with the original submission. They are invited to provide comments for the Reviewing Editor, which should include specific opinions on the paper, including the importance of the findings in relation to the field of youth-led health promotion, comments on the methodology and ethical considerations as appropriate and suggestions for improvements. They are asked to submit their opinion on suitability for publication along with sound justification to support their recommendation. Senior Reviewers are asked to submit a report to the Reviewing Editor within 21 days of receipt of the manuscript. They should decline the invitation to review if they cannot meet this deadline or have a conflict of interest.

Senior reviewers are expected to follow the COPE guidelines for peer-reviewers.


The role of the Reviewer is to assess the quality of the submission including grammar and spelling, clarity of content, relevance to field of youth-led health promotion and, adherence to Journal guidelines to authors. Reviewers are invited to provide comments for the Reviewing Editor, which should include specific opinions on the paper and suggestions for its improvements, and any opinions on suitability for publication. Reviewers are asked to submit a report to the Reviewing Editor within 14 days of receipt of the manuscript. They should decline the invitation to review if they cannot meet this deadline or have a conflict of interest.

YEHP encourages the involvement of postgraduate students and other early career professionals in the peer review process in the role of initial reviewers.

Reviewers are expected to follow the COPE guidelines for peer-reviewers.


Reviewers, Senior Reviewers and Reviewing Editors who are known to have conflicts of interest with the authors of a particular manuscript will not be invited to review the manuscript.

Specific conflicts of interest are listed in a separate document: Publishing Ethics.

Reviewers, Senior Reviewers and Reviewing Editors invited to review a manuscript should declare any of these conflicts of interest if they accept the invitation.

It is not a conflict of interest to have reviewed the manuscript for a different journal, but the Reviewer or Senior Reviewers should declare this when accepting the invitation to review.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.