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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • I declare that this manuscript is my/our original work. The text, images, or any other material included in the manuscript contains no violation of any existing copyright and does not infringe any rights of third parties.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • My manuscript adheres to the GJSD Author's Guidelines, including using the GJSD manuscript template. If not, I have included a detailed explanation to the Editor in the Comments box.
  • Where available, DOI URLs ( for the references have been provided.
  • The submission is in OpenOffice (.odt), Microsoft Office Word (.doc, .docx), or RTF (rich text format) document file format.
  • All listed Authors participated in the work in a substantive way and are prepared to take public responsibility for the work.
  • Authors who submit papers to this journal agree to the following terms: The paper will be made Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the Author(s) is properly cited. The Author retains all proprietary rights in addition to copyright, such as patent rights in any process, procedure or article of manufacture described in the Contribution. The Publisher and users have non-exclusive rights under the terms of the CC-BY 4.0 License. “Contribution” means the article submitted by the Author for publication in the Journal (including any embedded rich media) and all subsequent versions. The definition of Contribution does not extend to any supporting information submitted with or referred to in the Contribution (“Supporting Information”). To the extent that any Supporting Information is submitted to the Journal, the Publisher is granted a perpetual, non-exclusive license to publish, republish, transmit, sell, distribute and otherwise use this Supporting Information in whole or in part in electronic and print editions of the Journal and in derivative works throughout the world, in all languages and in all media of expression now known or later developed, and to license or permit others to do so.
  • The following information shall be clearly identified in the manuscript: (1) all financial and material support for the research and work; (2) any financial interests the Author(s) may have in companies or other entities that have an interest in the information in the Contribution or any submitted Supporting Information (e.g. grants, advisory boards, employment, consultancies, contracts, honoraria, royalties, expert testimony, partnerships, or stock options); (3) indication of no such financial interests if appropriate; (4) there are no conflicts of interest relating to the manuscript, except as disclosed.
  • The manuscript and any submitted Supporting Information contain no libellous or unlawful statements, do not infringe upon the rights (including without limitation the copyright, patent or trademark rights) or the privacy of others, do not breach any confidentiality obligation, do not violate a contract or any law, or do not contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury, and only utilize data that has been obtained in accordance with applicable legal requirements and Journal policies.

Author Guidelines

Read through the GJSD Author's Guide before submitting. Your manuscript has to adhere to the criteria and stylistic requirements detailed in the guide.


Read through the Submission Checklist (above) before you submit your manuscript. See below the steps to submitting an article through our platform (or watch this short video).

First, Log in/Register on the website.

Click on the Submit tab and select Make a new submission.

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Use the GJSD manuscript template for final submission. 

We reserve the right to permanently delete any user-submitted data related to unfinished manuscript submissions after a period of 4 months of inactivity.

Guest Column

This section features short pieces by invited Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) whose area of professional or research expertise is relevant to the current Issue and the scope of the journal in general.

Food for Thought

GJSD has introduced a new section specifically for authors with a non-academic background who wish to contribute to the dialogue between the journal and its readership. Up to two such “Food for Thought” pieces may be published per issue.

Data-based discussion papers and case studies that relate to leadership training for young people, support for new entrepreneurs, or training that upskills recent graduates, apprentices and other hires are welcomed. However, articles with a philosophical perspective on aspects of personal development may also be accepted.

Early Career Researcher Articles

To address the unique challenges that they face in academic publishing, GJSD has introduced a new section specifically for Early Career Researchers (ECR). Research articles from Master's, PhD and postdoctoral students and young professionals are therefore welcome. Articles will be evaluated in terms of their methodological quality and research importance, and the journal will allow negative results to be published.

ECR authors can expect an efficient and constructive publication process, particularly where the peer-review process is concerned. Reviewers will aim to provide specific, supportive feedback where manuscripts have room to improve.

Research Articles

All research articles published by the GJSD undergo a double-blind peer-review and upon publication are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

Practical Proposals for Social Impact

The 'Practical Proposals for Social Impact’ invites submissions from activists, social entrepreneurs, socially aware members of the business community, and others with an academic or policy background with a keen interest in social or environmental issues where young people can be viewed as important stakeholders from a skills perspective. We encourage authors to identify and discuss an existing policy or social challenge affecting young people and either describe the results of an innovative attempt to solve it (even if only partially), or offer new directions that may be taken towards addressing it.

Submissions for this section can be 2-3 pages long.

Case Studies

Quality data-based essays that document an attempt to solve a skills development problem and case studies - both real and conceptual - that relate to the journal’s broad remit are also welcomed in a Case Studies section.

Citizen Science

Our Citizen Science section thus features articles written by members of the general public who have worked alongside professional researchers on a collaborative project touching on areas where young adults are important stakeholders from a skills perspective.

Extended Essays

Under the section ‘Extended Essays’, the GJSD provides a more diverse and engaging mix of longer articles. The pieces should be able to make a significant contribution to the field of skill development, and the ideas presented should be new and innovative.

Expected length: 2000-4000 words.

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