Guidelines for Field Reports

Along with traditional academic articles and book reviews, CYE features short articles about innovative initiatives to improve environments for children and youth: “field reports.”

Field reports give researchers and practitioners an opportunity to share insights and information about their work.  They are reviewed by CYE’s editorial staff.  The editorial staff may consult with an external reviewer familiar with a submission’s topic, but field reports are not peer reviewed in the same manner as articles.

Guidelines for Field Reports:

  • Length: 10 double-spaced pages, maximum (no more than 3,000 words).
  • Content: A good field report tells a down-to-earth, real-life story about a specific program, initiative or policy in a reflective and informative way. CYE’s readers turn to field reports for information about how programs, initiatives and policies came about and for what reasons; who initiated them and through what process; how projects have changed or improved their communities; and what lessons were learned. Field reports must address CYE’s diverse audience: practitioners and researchers who work in different settings, disciplines and professions around the world (see Mission and Background).

Field reports should answer questions such as:

    • What was the impetus for the program/initiative, and who was involved?
    • What is the ultimate goal of the program/initiative, and how is that goal being realized?
    • What activities are involved, and how do they help young people and their communities?
    • In which way(s) did children or youth themselves participate?
    • What aspects of the program/research worked well?
    • Tell readers about one or more critical moments in the program/initiative that were important in some way because something got worse, better or clearer, etc. What was significant about each of these moments and what learning occurred as a result?
    • Has any research or evaluation has been conducted? What was the focus and outcome? What is most important to document about the program’s/initiative’s effectiveness?
    • Can you suggest recommendations, based on the program/initiative? Who are the target(s) for these recommendations?


  • Graphics: CYE encourages authors to include photos and other illustrations. Tables may include background information, evaluation results, key learning points, and the like.  Number and caption charts, figures and tables, and note the places they should be inserted in the text. Send photos as separate .jpg files, and attach other illustrations as separate files labeled with their corresponding number.
  • References: Use in-text references in standard CYE format: (Smith 1999); (Smith 1999, 27). Please include a full bibliography in CYE style at the end of your article. No more than ten (10) references maximum.
  • Keywords: Include a list of about five keywords that describe your article and will identify it in a search, for example: urban gardens, participation, health, housing.
  • Biographical note: Include a short biographical note for all authors — less than one-half page, double spaced (about 100 words).
  • Abstract: Include an abstract of less than one-half page, double spaced (about 100 words)
  • Web sites: On a separate page, include information about any web sites or relevant organizations that relate to the subject of your article and that would be useful to readers who seek more information about the subject of your article.
  • Deadlines: CYE accepts submissions on an ongoing basis. The journal is published twice each year.
  • Editorial correspondence: Address any questions about content or format to:

Professor Lori Peek
CYE Field Report Editor
Department of Sociology
Colorado State University
B-237 Clark Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1784, USA

Tel.: 970-491-6777