Call for Papers: Special Issue of Gifted Child Quarterly

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Gifted Child Quarterly on Teachable Components of Talent Development in Academic Domains

Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) is planning a special issue on understanding the teachable and malleable factors associated with developing talent in academic domains with the purpose of supporting gifted education. The issue is scheduled to be published in April 2025 and is currently soliciting proposals for manuscripts. The first article by the special issue editors will provide a landscape rationale for the talent domain approach to gifted education, including current major models that explore the features of developing talent over time into early careers. We are seeking additional manuscripts that focus on the differing opportunities needed to transform abilities in specific academic domains into potential eminent contributions. Although not every person’s trajectory will lead to eminent contributions, clarifying the pathways and barriers to fulfilling creative potential is arguably an aspirational goal for the efforts of talented individuals and their supporters.   

Manuscripts must focus on a specific field in the academic domain. We especially welcome less explored academic fields (e.g., history, philosophy, expository writing). Authors can submit exploratory to advanced quantitative and/or qualitative studies or reviews of the literature. We are most interested in articles that present or rely on empirical research but will consider proposals for strong theoretical or exploratory manuscripts. We encourage manuscripts from talent development scholars that are co-authored by those who have worked successfully as professionals in the field they are writing about. 

Potential studies may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Evidence regarding pathways, critical experiences, or significant markers of progress, preferably in underreported academic fields.
  • Implementation of psychosocial skills mentoring, teaching, or coaching in developing high performance, preferably in an underreported field.
  • Illustrations of insider knowledge currently shared in a limited way to a limited audience, preferably in an underreported field.
  • Examples of especially crucial experiences that are necessary in particular domains during the school years (anticipating that different domain trajectories may begin in elementary school and some not until post-secondary education)
  • Identification of factors most dependent on financial and social capital and how this disparity might be addressed.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 1, 2023. Prospective authors will find it useful to consult the general aim and scope for the journal at This issue will be guest edited by Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, and Frank C. Worrell.

Proposals should include a title and a 500–750-word abstract describing the planned manuscript and how it will enhance understanding of a talent trajectory beginning during the pre-collegiate years in an understudied academic field.

Provide placeholders in the abstract for inclusion of the following in all final submissions:

  • the name of a collaborator with recognized expertise in the area
  • a discussion of the basic special abilities needed for the movement on the trajectory.
  • opportunities needed to move students from abilities to competency to expertise.
  • indicate how one knows or finds out they are ready to move ahead.
  • how talented individuals keep moving on the trajectory including relevant psychosocial skills
  • samples of insider knowledge
  • advice for those wishing to go beyond expertise into creating eminent contributions.

In keeping with the journal’s submission guidelines, manuscripts should not exceed 9000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures.

The timeline for this special issue is as follows:

  • Authors notified of invitation to submit no later than September 1, 2023. (The acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance of submitted manuscripts, as final manuscripts will go through masked review and must be accepted through the journal’s review process.)
  • Manuscripts due no later than May 1, 2024.
  • Reviews and action letters to authors by July 1, 2024.
  • Revisions due back from authors within 1 month of receipt.
  • Final accepted manuscripts completed and returned to guest editor by October 15, 2024.
  • The special Issue is scheduled to be published in Volume 69, Issue 2 in April 2025.

Submit proposals as an attached Word document by e-mail to a Guest Editor of the Special Issue, Rena Subotnik ( Submissions of the complete manuscripts will be via the GCQ online submission page: If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Guest Editorial Staff at, or