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Instructions to Authors Submitting to Gifted Child Quarterly

Gifted Child Quarterly, 
a scholarly journal published by NAGC, regularly reviews and publishes manuscripts which offer new or creative insights about giftedness and talent development in schools, homes, and society at large. Quality and technical competence are important criteria in the peer review process. In addition, the contribution of the manuscript to the advancement of the knowledge base is also considered. Manuscripts should be of interest and accessible to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and parents.

Determine the Appropriateness of Submission

By submitting to Gifted Child Quarterly, the authors are confirming that the manuscripts have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Gifted Child Quarterly publishes scholarly reviews of the literature and quantitative or qualitative research studies. The journal occasionally publishes manuscripts which explore policy and policy implications. Authors interested in the policy format are requested to contact the editor prior to submission. Articles that are intended as program descriptions or practical guides without research documentation are inappropriate for Gifted Child Quarterly. Click here for a comparison of the characteristics of magazines and scholarly journals. 

Adhere to Copyright Laws and Professional Acknowledgments

Authors are responsible for obtaining and providing written permission for copyrighted material. Authors are also responsible for publication clearance if the article reports research presented at a professional meeting or developed through a project financed by a funding agency.

Submitting your Manuscript and Abstract

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at, where authors will be required  to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system powered by  ScholarOne.

Submission of a manuscript implies a commitment by the author to publish in the journal, and the editors assume that any manuscript submitted to GCQ is not currently under consideration by any other journal. Specific questions or inquiries should be directed to Dr. D. Betsy McCoach or Dr. Del Siegle, Editors, Gifted Child Quarterly at

Preparing for Peer Review
Manuscripts are subjected to blind peer review. Authors are requested to prepare for blind review by submitting manuscripts accompanied by a cover sheet that lists the title of the manuscript, the names of the authors, the authors’ institutional affiliations, the mailing address, and the date the manuscript is submitted. The first page of the manuscript should contain the title but should omit the authors’ names and any other identifying information.

Other Requirements
Accepted submissions must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

  • All manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of 100 to 150 words as well as 4 to 5 keywords.
  • Manuscript pages, including reference lists,should be double-spaced.
  • Figures should be camera ready (saved as JPG, TIFF, or EPS files; Microsoft Application Files are acceptable for vector [line] art).
  • Tables and figures should be used to present information that is also discussed in text.

For more information about Gifted Child Quarterly, visit the journal homepage at Sage Publications.

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