Editor Spotlight

chris oh

A New Phase for Emerging Adulthood

On July 1, 2020, Dr. Moin Syed passed the Emerging Adulthood editorial torch to me and I gladly accepted it! The journal flourished under Dr. Syed’s leadership, which has helped make the transition relatively seamless. Although the position of Editor is new to me, I have served as an Associate Editor for Emerging Adulthood, The Journal of Early Adolescence, and as Field Editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. I also have authored and reviewed articles for Emerging Adulthood. I am immersed in emerging adulthood at work and at home. I have two emerging adult daughters - one in undergraduate school and another in graduate school, and a son who has just transitioned out of emerging adulthood (by most measures) and now appears to be an adult (on most days). I am thankful that my professional and personal experiences have prepared me well for my new role as Editor of Emerging Adulthood.

The journal also has an outstanding, new editorial team. The Associate Editors are Drs. Ming Cui from Florida State University, U.S.; Andrea Howard from Carleton University, Canada; Oana Negru-Subtirica from Babes Bolyai University, Romania; Margit Wiesner from the University of Houston, U.S.; and Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo from Arizona State University, U.S. The Assistant Editors are Drs. Ross May from Florida State University, U.S.; Joe McFall from SUNY Fredonia, U.S.; Aaron Metzger from West Virginia University, U.S.; Luzelle Naude from the University of the Free State, South Africa; Russell Ravert from the University of Missouri, U.S.; Kendall Soucie from the University of Windsor, Canada; Rimantas Vosylis from Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania; Brian Willoughby from Brigham Young University, U.S.; and Kristyn Zajac from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, U.S. Dr. Moin Syed from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, U.S., will be serve as the Registered Reports Editor, and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan from Springfield College, U.S., will serve as an Ad Hoc Editor.

The Editorial Board is exceptional as well. The team has broad expertise in biopsychosocial factors associated with adaptive and maladaptive psychological health and development during emerging adulthood. In addition, the team is diverse in regard to gender, race/ethnicity, location (within and outside of the United States), discipline (e.g., developmental psychology, human development and family studies, social work, health psychology, psychiatry), and career stage (including a mix of early-career scholars, mid-career scholars, and senior scholars). The Editorial Board members also have experience using various types of research methods and statistics (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, longitudinal research, and intervention research).
In addition to the change in the editorial team, there are many other exciting developments occurring with the journal. Emerging Adulthood just received its first Impact Factor, which is an accomplishment for any journal. The journal’s starting Impact Factor is .974. Of course, the goal now is to continue to steer the journal so that it remains on a positive trajectory.

Emerging Adulthood also will include new manuscript types. In addition to traditional empirical articles and brief reports, the journal now will accept review articles. Review articles provide a synthesis and summary of the literature on a topic relevant to emerging adulthood. Registered reports will be encouraged as well. Registered reports are preliminary in that they are based on research that is in progress. Of note, an accepted registered report will indicate tentative acceptance of the subsequent full-length empirical article based on the registered report. Additional information relating to manuscript types may be found on the journal’s website under submission guidelines.
Special issues focusing on contemporary topics pertinent to emerging adulthood also will be published. Investigators conducting research in innovative and/or underrepresented areas of interest will be encouraged to submit special issue proposals. Currently, we have a call for papers for a special issue focused on the impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic is having on emerging adults (please see the journal’s website for the call for papers).

I encourage you to submit your research on emerging adults to the journal. Also, you can now follow Emerging Adulthood on Twitter @EmergAdulthd. Please do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions about the journal.

Stay well!

Christine McCauley Ohannessian

A Farewell of Sorts to Emerging Adulthood by Moin Syed

On July 1, 2020 I will pass on the editorial helm of Emerging Adulthood to Dr. Christine Ohannessian, thus concluding my long affiliation with the journal. I have been with the journal since the literal beginning: I was on the committee that selected the publisher, SAGE, was on the committee that selected the first editor, Dr. Manfred van Dulmen, served as an Associate Editor under Manfred’s leadership, and then assumed the editorship in 2016. Now seems like an apt time to part ways—in June 2020 the journal will receive its first impact factor. I personally believe that impact factors have done much more harm than good across the sciences, but it is a fact within the broader academic system that having an impact factor confers legitimacy. It is a sign that Emerging Adulthood has “made it.” To banally use a developmental metaphor, perhaps this is akin to the journal reaching “adulthood,” and I am pleased to have played my part in helping get it there but also pleased to watch it continue and thrive from an arms’ length. Of course, this was not a solo effort by any means, and I am hugely indebted to my outstanding editorial team over the years, who have done consistently stellar work.

My major goals for the journal were to enhance the international focus, the interdisciplinary representation, the methodological variety, to align the journal with open science principles and practices, and to speed up the review time. Well, four out of five is not too bad (you can probably guess which one of these failed, especially if you submitted to the journal!). All in all, in a relatively short time, Emerging Adulthood has become a premier outlet that publishes some of the most important work in the field—AND, it does so not by being restrictive to certain methods or perspectives, but rather by being expansive and accepting. In this way, Emerging Adulthood can serve as a model for other, more established journals. The journal is on good footing, and has a bright future in the excellent hands of Dr. Ohannessian, who in a few months will outline her vision and plans for the journal. I look forward to watching from the bench.