The Distinguished Dozen: 2021

The Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) is the official publication of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). One of the Society's primary goals is the development, synthesis, and dissemination of scientific and scholarly knowledge unique to the health needs of young people.

Last year, we initiated a strategy to amplify important contributions to the field culminating in the inaugural JAH Distinguished Dozen. The process of selection of articles is based on results of peer-review. JAH now asks all peer-reviewers: “Does this manuscript merit special consideration in the Journal's monthly and/or annual collections of particularly important research?” Reviewers who responded affirmatively are provided with the opportunity to offer explanatory comments.

In total, 303 scientific articles were published in JAH during the 2021 calendar year. Of these, 112 were nominated by at least one peer reviewer and 22 were nominated by two or more. The Journal’s Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors reviewed these nominations and selected one dozen articles to be highlighted for making distinguished contributions to the field of adolescent and young adult health. The 2021 JAH Distinguished Dozen, included below, are freely available to read and share.

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For more distinguished contributions, see JAH's 2020 Distinguished Dozen collection.