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Aims & Scope

Autism in Adulthood is the home for research and scholarship on the most pressing issues affecting adults on the autism spectrum, from emerging adulthood to later life. Using original research, in-depth analysis, and inter-professional dialogue, Autism in Adulthood provides new insights and evidence to promote practice, systems, and policy change. This innovative journal integrates the contributions of autistic adults as Editorial Board members, authors, peer-reviewers, and readers into the peer-reviewed literature. 

Autism in Adulthood welcomes research and scholarship from multiple disciplines, professions, methodologies, and paradigms. Coverage includes:

  • Physical and mental health of adults on the autism spectrum
  • Employment, housing, education, community participation, economic well-being, and quality of life
  • Sexuality, gender identity, relationships, and caregiving
  • Autistic intelligence, sensory processing, communication, executive functioning, and flexibility
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Identification, treatment, and accommodation of co-occurring conditions
  • Basic science research with implications for autism in adulthood
  • Biological, neurological, psychological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social changes with aging
  • Policies and programs affecting adults on the autism spectrum
  • Human and disability rights and advocacy
  • Portrayal of adult autism in society and the media
  • Ethical issues in research, practice, or policy on autism in adulthood
  • Intersectionality of autism and race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, trauma, discrimination, and other social determinants of health
  • Transitions across the lifespan, including transitions to and through adulthood
  • Insights about autism from adults on the spectrum
  • Participatory approaches to research, practice, and policy, in partnership with individuals on the spectrum
  • Methodological advances for conducting research on autism in adulthood

Autism in Adulthood is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University, and other leading researchers, autistic community leaders, and practitioners. View the entire Editorial Board.

Audience: Autism researchers, scholars, and practitioners from multiple fields, including bioethics, biology, cognitive science, disability studies, education, family medicine, geriatrics, gerontology, internal medicine, neurology, neuroscience, nursing, occupational science and therapy, physical therapy, psychiatry, psychology, public health, rehabilitation counseling and medicine, social work, sociology, and speech language pathology; adults on the autism spectrum and their families; and policy-makers and health and social services administrators


  • PubMed Central
  • Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index™ (ESCI)
  • Scopus
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • PsycINFO
  • SafetyLit
  • BenchSci
The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.