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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. Publisher, the GiLE Foundation, 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.


Use the GJSD manuscript template for final submission. 

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.

You will be taken to Step 1 of a 5-Step process to upload and describe your submission.

NB! If you have trouble submitting a manuscript on the system, try using the Chrome Web browser to visit If this does not resolve the issue, please email

Step 1. Start

  • Complete the form
  • Comments for the Editor: to increase the impact of your research, provide a description (up to 150 words) of your research article for the general public in English. If you would like to, you can add the same description in your native/home language (in addition to the English version).

Step 2. Upload Submission

  • Upload Submission Files: select manuscript file
  • Review Details: rename file, if necessary
  • Confirm: upload high-resolution images and any additional files

Step 3. Enter Metadata

  • Complete all the requested information in full
  • Insert all co-author’s details under the “List of Contributors” tab, by clicking “Add Contributor

Step 4. Confirmation

  • Review and amend information
  • Click Finish Submission to submit

Step 5. Next Steps

Wait for a confirmation email. Follow us on LinkedIn for announcements and Calls for Papers.

Last Step.

You will be notified about an editorial decision on your manuscript by email and on your profile’s dashboard on

Responding to the Review

Once the double-blind peer-review process has been completed, you will be notified via email by the editor of their feedback and commentary. After receiving the email, log in to your dashboard.

Resubmitting for Review

If the editor’s decision is to resubmit for review, you will need to log in and select the article on your submissions page. The resubmission is done in the review stage of your original submission; do not start a new submission. Consider the feedback from the reviewers and incorporate relevant changes to your manuscript, which will increase the chances for it to be considered for publication. Once your revision is done, you can upload it.

You will need to do 3 things to resubmit once you have revised your document:

  1. Upload the new file in the revisions section. To upload a new file, click on ‘Upload file.’ A new window will open, allowing you to upload your file(s). Select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu to indicate you not submitting a revision of an existing file.
  2. Upload a “Response to Reviewers” letter. Please make sure you give a point-by-point response to the reviewers’ comments and concerns. Explain what changes you have made, providing the necessary explanation/clarification. Mention any other clarifications you would like to provide to the journal reviewer. Mention exactly where in the revised manuscript this change can be found – page number, paragraph, and line. 
  3. Add a discussion to notify the editor that you have re-submitted.

The peer-review process will be repeated, and you will likely receive additional revisions to make. Once these are completed and accepted, you will then be moved to the next stage.

Responding to a Proofreading Request

The next step in the workflow is to inspect your submission files that have been converted into galleys (e.g., PDF, HTML, etc.). You will receive an email indicating that the files are available. To see them, log in and go to your dashboard.

Click on the Production tab, and click on the article name under ‘Production Ready Files’ to download and view your manuscript proof. Start/add a Discussion with the editor if any edits or corrections should be made. Once you have confirmed that the files are correct, they will be queued for publication, and you will be notified by email when the Journal Issue is published online.

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.

Policy and Social Challenges

This journal section invites submissions from students, graduates, employers, career counsellors, academics, and anyone involved in policy decision-making

We encourage submissions to:

a) identify and discuss an existing policy or social challenge;

b) offer potential solutions or new directions to address this challenge.

Submissions can be 2-3 pages long


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