Gender and Diversity

Call for papers for: Advances in Autism

Gender and Diversity Editor

Verity Chester, Research Associate and RADiANT Network Manager, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust, Little Plumstead Hospital
Email: [email protected]


Autism research has been criticised for its lack of diversity. This has led to a lack of representation with real world implications for the recognition of autistic people within the many subgroups of the autistic community.
We are therefore encouraging all of our journal’s contributors to consider diversity issues within their research design and focus. We are also hosting an annual special issue focused specifically on the topic of Gender and Diversity within autism. We hope this will encourage more diverse autism research and journal submissions, and improve the representativeness of under recognised and researched groups within our journal, and within autism research overall.

We are therefore calling for papers within the broad theme of Gender and Diversity. Papers can be focused on under recognised groups within autism research, e.g.:

•    Sex – Autistic girls and women are under-researched in comparison to boys and men.
•    Gender identity - Autistic people who experience gender dysphoria or identify as non-binary.
•    Sexuality - Autistics who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (LGBTQI).
•    Age - Research has predominantly focused on children and adolescents. Literature on adults is developing, but older adults remain particularly under researched.
•    Ethnicity - Autistic people within minority ethnic groups or non-Western cultures.
•    Disability - Autistic people with comorbid intellectual and/or physical disabilities/health issues.
•    Intersections

Papers might also report a formal measure of the diversity of autism research. Authors are of course welcome to submit relevant papers which fall outside of these themes. Please contact the Gender and Diversity Editor, Verity Chester on: [email protected] for an informal discussion. We are particularly keen to encourage submissions from autistic authors, for example, personal experience accounts. If you would like any advice or support with this, please contact Verity.

Submission Procedure

•    Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system 
•    Please visit the author guidelines for the journal which gives full details.
•    Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.


The deadlines for the 2022 Gender and Diversity special issue are as follows:

•    Final submission date 30 November 2021
•    Issue is scheduled to publish in July 2022