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Procedures for Publishing Books with NAGC

NAGC publishes books related to the needs of gifted and talented children.  The NAGC Publications Committee, chaired by the NAGC Association Editor, coordinates the solicitation, review, and publication of materials deemed relevant and timely for parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and university personnel.  We invite you to consider publishing your research, ideas, strategies, and practices with NAGC.  Your contribution will benefit children and foster a stimulating and supportive learning environment.  Your work will receive prompt attention and careful consideration and, once published, your book will reach a wide audience.

NAGC Book and Materials Categories

NAGC has three major categories of books that it develops for its publications program.  Each is described below; we've included the covers of the most recent books in each category:


NAGC Co-publications 

Co-publications are books that are produced in conjunction with NAGC that are consistent with the mission and goals of NAGC, but originate outside of the organization. Collaborative projects are subject to review by the Publications Committee who will assess the quality and appropriateness of the publication for NAGC.  Review of the substantive content is required prior to publication.  The likelihood of the proposed publication being approved as a collaborative publication of NAGC is increased if the project is reviewed at the conceptual stage. A subset of the Publications Committee carries out the review processes in accordance with approved procedures. Authors of collaborative publications do not receive any remuneration for their work from NAGC and royalties from the publication are negotiated by NAGC, the author and the publisher.  Copyright is negotiated by the author and the publisher. Collaborative publications approved by the NAGC Publications Committee may display the following statements prominently on the cover, “A Joint Publication with the National Association for Gifted Children,” “Published in Partnership with NAGC,” “A Publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.” 

Castellano Spec Populations  42156  42146C 

NAGC Service Publications  

Service publications typically originate from within the organization, created and supported at the request of the Board of Directors or out of the work of a task force, committee, or Network. They are deliberately solicited and designed to further the specific goals of the organization.  NAGC is solely responsible for the marketing and distribution of NAGC service publications. The authors do not expect to receive any remuneration for their work and 100% of any royalties generated are returned to NAGC. The body that is charged with writing the content must work closely with the Publications Committee to obtain approval for both the conceptual framework of the project (e.g. goals, foci, outline, structure, format) and the substantive content of the final product (e.g. sample chapters).  The Publications Committee carries out the review process in accordance with approved procedures. NAGC retains full copyright for all service publications. A service publication approved by the Publications Committee shall have the following displayed prominently on its cover “A service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.”     

42063  42119  42066 

NAGC eMedia Publications

Electronic “publications” or services are consistent with the mission and goals of the organization, originate from within the organization, and are available by subscription and/or a per item fee.  eMedia publications are like service publications in that all royalties/fees collected belong to NAGC.  eMedia are subject to conceptual approval and subsequent substantive review of content by the NAGC Publications Committee.  Excluded from this category are the free information and services available on the NAGC web site that are intended for general information and/or as a member benefit. 

 42093  Mile Marker Series Starting and Sustaining e-book 

 Process for submitting a Manuscript Proposal

Before the Publications Committee can consider publishing a book or eMedia proposal, a prospectus from the author or editor is reviewed by an associate editor for the specific publication category.  Follow the steps below to submit a proposal to the Publications Committee.

(1)  Prospectus

The NAGC book or eMedia prospectus should contain the following information:

  • The proposed title
  • The name, title, affiliation, address, telephone, and e-mail address of each lead author or editor
  • A brief statement of the book's purpose, its benefit to NAGC members, and how the book is distinguished from other books on this topic
  • The intended audience for the publication
  • How the project supports the NAGC strategic plan
  • The anticipated length of the publication
  • The proposed timeline for the project
  • A list of the major headings or chapter titles and proposed authors for each
  • A list of other books, articles, or monographs published by the lead author(s) or editor(s)
  • An indication of whether the author/editor has discussed the manuscript with a commercial publisher
  • For co-publication submissions, include the book introduction and 3-4 chapters as examples of book content

(2)  Contact the Association Editor

Send the prospectus to the Association Editor, who serves as the chair of the NAGC Publications Committee

Carolyn M. Callahan, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Although the Association Editor will gladly answer questions about the submission process, neither NAGC nor the Publications Committee can make any commitment or decision about publication until the prospectus is received and reviewed by a subgroup of the committee best qualified to evaluate its merits. The review process takes approximately six weeks.

The Association Editor will inform you of the committee's recommendations as soon as possible. If your prospectus is accepted, the Association Editor will appoint a development editor who will serve as your primary contact as you draft and write your book.