Writers’ Guidelines

Journal Schedule

Article/Column Due Date
Publication Date
Summer 2015 August 31 September 15 Potpourri
Fall 2015 November 30 December   20 Revisiting Advocacy
*Winter 2016 January 30 February 15 Best Practices
Spring 2016 April 30 May 30 Parenting

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Guidelines for Writers 2015

Understanding Our Gifted is a quarterly journal published by Connective Ventures LLC. The readers of this publication are teachers, parents, and counselors of high ability students, in the United States and around the world. Through this publication, we seek to help adults better understand the academic and psychological needs of these students. Specifically, parents are offered insights into the development and characteristics of bright children and techniques for helping to positively support and challenge these children. Teachers are presented with research and perspectives for understanding highly able students in their classrooms as well as tools to provide academically for these students. Above all, we want adults to look at kids as individuals with unique needs that we must try to meet. We seek to explore many different theories and methodologies for understanding and working with gifted students.

It is not the intent of this publication to be a venue for complaining about things that haven’t worked for bright students; instead, we provide information about what can and does work and empower parents and teachers with information to help gifted children be the best they can be.

Though many of our writers are affiliated with universities, this is not an academic journal; therefore, we prefer a more relaxed style of writing that is filled with anecdotal information and examples with real “human” elements. When using children as examples to illustrate points, please use fictitious names so that we do not need to ask for parental permission.

We ask that if references are used they be limited in number, preferably no more than 10. References will only be included at the end of the article if they refer to citations in the text. We do not use footnotes.

Our style is based on:
Chicago Manual of Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The following must accompany your article:
A short biography of 2-4 sentences
Current position
Contact information, including email address and phone number

If there are multiple authors, this information must be included for each author.

TYPES OF ARTICLES: Each issue of Understanding Our Gifted has a theme which is usually determined at least one year in advance. Potential writers are welcome to request information on upcoming themes. Feature articles run from 1500-4000 words. A limited number of feature articles unrelated to the theme of a particular issue may be accepted.

Each issue also includes columns that address practical issues or opinions. These include parenting techniques, classroom ideas, online resources, affective issues, book reviews, etc. These columns vary in length from 600-1500 words.

We are always open to fresh ideas and suggestions and welcome your thoughts and proposals.

ARTICLE FORMAT: Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as text document attachments. The manuscript should be single-spaced, typed in 12-point font, preferably in Times New Roman. Do not indent paragraphs. Use only one space between sentences. Do not add graphics, lines, WordArt, boxes around titles, etc. to your manuscript.

FORMAT FOR TABLES, CHARTS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS: Tables, charts, and illustrations are welcome as JPEG or PNG files. Each of these needs to be sent in a separate document with an easily recognizable name, such as “Table 1” or “Figure 3.” Make sure that each has been referenced within the text (e.g., “Insert Figure 1 Here”). Contact the publication office: journal@ourgifted.com if you are unable to submit a JPEG or PNG, or have any questions about formatting.  If we have any problems with your files we will contact you.

SUBMISSION: Queries or completed articles are welcome. Unsolicited manuscripts should have a lead time of 6-12 months. Submitted articles must be original to Understanding Our Gifted and not previously published in print, on the web, or in any venue unless approved by the publisher. Manuscripts should be emailed as an attachment to the publisher at journal@ourgifted.com. Material approved for publication may be cut or edited, according to the publisher/editor's discretion. Once an article is submitted as final, we cannot accept a rewritten version of that article.

When the issue is completed, you will receive login information for the Our Gifted website (www.ourgifted.com) where you can access the  Understanding Our Gifted issue which includes your article.

PAYMENT: Connective Ventures LLC does not offer remuneration to writers of articles published in Understanding Our Gifted.  Writers will receive a one-year complimentary subscription to the journal and consideration of books, blogs, websites, etc. that the writer might wish to have highlighted in the journal or on the website.

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