Call for papers – JCPP Special Issue (2021) on the Genetics and Genomics of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Towards understanding the biological mechanisms of autism spectrum disorders

The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry invites manuscripts for a special issue entitled
“Genetics and genomics of autism spectrum disorders” to be edited by Professors Angelica Ronald, Eric Fombonne, and Barbara Franke, and due for publication in October 2021.

In recent years, studies of autism spectrum disorders and related behavioural traits in the fields of genetics and genomics have boosted enormously our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of these disorders.

Technological innovations and international collaboration have paved the way towards novel research
approaches and have finally provided the power needed to identify risk factors and molecular pathways.

This special issue aims to showcase the very best recent research on the etiological and molecular underpinnings of autism spectrum disorders – for the sake of a deeper understanding of the complexity of such disorders and ultimately aiming for improved identification, care and life quality in childhood, adolescence, and the transition into adulthood.

We encourage submissions from different nations/regions of high-quality papers which include (but are not limited to) research focusing on genetic and genomic aspects of autism spectrum disorder and related behavioural traits, including, but not limited to:

  • Gene-finding studies
  • Twin, sibling, adoption and family-based approaches
  • Polygenic risk score and genomic structural equation modelling approaches
  • Genetic/genomic aspects of development /longitudinal change
  • International collaborations and genetics/genomics of ancestrally diverse populations
  • Identification of biological mechanisms, biomarkers, and other biological processes
  • Experimental work in model systems
  • Systematic reviews/ meta-analyses
  • Policy, strategy, ethical issues, resources available, concerns within the field
  • Clinical implementation of genetics/genomics

Interested authors should submit a letter of intent as a Microsoft Word document to the JCPP editorial office ( with ‘Autism Genetics Special Issue’ in the subject line by 29 May 2020.

The letter should include the following: a tentative title; a brief description of the proposed submission (up to 500 words) including a clear statement of the methods and findings; a brief explanation of the unique contribution made by the proposed manuscript (under 100 words); names of envisaged co-authors; and contact information for the corresponding author.

The editors will review all letters and invite shortlisted authors to submit full manuscripts. The editors will contact all authors by no later than 10 June 2020 to inform them on whether or not they have been invited to submit a full manuscript. If you do not hear back by this date, please do notify the editorial office ( The submission of full manuscripts will be due by no later than 2 November 2020.

Please note that following the letters of intent, all submitted full manuscripts will be subject to the standard robust peer review process and final acceptance is not guaranteed. In some instances, some manuscripts may be accepted for publication in normal JCPP issues outside of the special issue.

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