The GiLE Journal of Skills Development (GJSD), established in 2020, is an open-access, peer-reviewed international scientific journal on soft skills development for the Digital Age in the 21st Century (eISSN 2732-3781), published by the GiLE Foundation.  

Aims & Scope

The GiLE Journal of Skills Development (GJSD) has been established by the GiLE Foundation as an open-access publication to promote research and ongoing dialogue relating to soft skills training and lifelong learning. It thereby contributes to the mission of the GiLE Foundation to support both young people specifically, and lifelong empowerment more generally. It also offers a publication opportunity to those whose interests lie in this field.

‘Soft’ or ‘transferable’ skills are crucial to lifelong employability as the 4th Industrial Revolution gathers pace and automation spreads throughout business and society. An adaptable and resilient workforce and society will increasingly need these human skills. GJSD therefore aims to be a valuable, open-access resource for all those who aim to equip rising talent for a future that is likely to involve ongoing skills development, upskilling and reskilling. Its published content can be utilised by researchers, life-long learners, corporate learning and development practitioners, and those seeking to pursue their own professional development.

GJSD welcomes research papers related to the three core focus areas of the GiLE Foundation: Career Planning, Character Building, and Communication Skills. It encourages submissions from researchers, educators, and trainers whose work relates to skills development. Contributions are welcomed from any relevant discipline (e.g. agriculture, business, education, healthcare, natural sciences, etc). Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodology papers may all be accepted.

Although a scientific journal, GJSD also features ‘food for thought’ sections where those with a non-academic background may contribute to dialogue with its readership. Consequently, GJSD welcomes data-based essays and case studies from the worlds of both education and work that relate to leadership training for young people, support for new entrepreneurs, and training that upskills recent graduates, apprentices and other inexperienced hires.

Special focus: early career researchers

GJSD especially welcomes research articles from Masters and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and young professionals. It aims to showcase the work of early-career researchers, as well as to offer them an efficient and free-of-charge route to publication. Authors can expect a constructive peer-review process, whereby reviewers will provide targeted evaluation with supportive feedback.