Children, Youth and Environments


The mission of Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) is to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and stimulate discussion in support of inclusive and sustainable environments for children and youth everywhere.

CYE pursues this mission through publication of a peer-reviewed online journal that offers researchers a high-quality, refereed outlet for sharing their work and learning about new studies in the field. Several databases provide supplemental information (see resources listed in the Site Map). Access is free of charge thanks to support from the National Science Foundation and the University of Colorado, which houses the editorial office.


CYE has a global audience and seeks to connect the worlds of research, policy and practice. We ask authors to consider possible implications of their research and to draw lessons from experiences with approaches that work and others that do not when dealing with particular problems. This orientation reflects our concern with interdisciplinary collaboration and application. The journal is guided by a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board composed of leading experts in different disciplines and professions around the world.

The journal publishes papers on a broad range of topics and using different approaches, including quantitative and qualitative empirical research, theoretical, methodological and historical investigations, critical literature reviews, design analyses, post-occupancy evaluations, policy studies, and program assessments. We welcome papers from diverse viewpoints, varied approaches, and different cultures.

Although CYE’s scope is not restricted to a particular disciplinary or professional paradigm, its organizing focus is the physical environment. We take a special interest in papers that focus on children and youth in environments of disadvantage and those with special needs as well as in papers that recognize the capacity of children and young people for meaningful participation in the processes that shape their lives.

Review Process

Submissions are accepted any time and selected for publication based on recommendations made by referees in a double-blind review process. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two referees chosen for their recognized expertise and matched to the disciplinary nature of the paper. Authors will typically receive a response within three months.


Authors of papers that are accepted for publication will be asked to sign a pre-publication agreement to assign non-exclusive © copyright to CYE. Authors fully retain the right to re-publish their articles elsewhere, provided that re-publication includes an acknowledgement of original publication in CYE, referencing the year, volume, issue and URL(

ISSN Abstracting and Indexing Information

Library of Congress has assigned ISSN 1546-2250 to CYE. The journal is currently abstracted in Sociological Abstracts, Community Services Abstracts, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, Sage Family Studies Abstracts, Journal of Planning Literature, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, and the Directory of Open Access Journals.


Submission to CYE implies that the paper is not under simultaneous review elsewhere. Authors must guarantee that their contribution is original, has not been published previously, and that any necessary permission to reproduce material from another source has been obtained. Papers should be prepared according to CYE’s Submission Guidelines. We encourage authors to include photos and other illustrations in their submissions.

Book Reviews

CYE publishes reviews of books that contribute to research, policy, practice or teaching concerning children, youth and environments. Reviews are ordinarily solicited, but readers may suggest books. Publishers wishing to have new books considered for review should mail one copy to the editorial address below. Readers interested in serving as book reviewers should contact the editors.

The Editors, CYE
University of Colorado, CB 314
Boulder, CO 80309-0314

Tel.: 303 492-1319
Fax: 303 492-6163