Call for Papers: The Science of Chess Expertise

There is currently a great deal of scientific and popular interest in chess expertise, but an authoritative collection of articles documenting the state of the science has not been published in recent years. The primary goal of the current special issue is to explore topics relevant to chess expertise and detail how research on chess has impacted expertise research more broadly.

Special issue editors Fernand Gobet, Guillermo Campitelli, and Alexander P. Burgoyne invite authors to submit empirical papers and literature reviews (approximately 3,000 words) to the Journal of Expertise. If you are considering submitting a manuscript, please submit an abstract by May 1, 2022.

Authors are encouraged to consider one or more of the following subfields:

  • Learning (including deliberate practice)
  • Individual differences (including personality, talent, intelligence, gender differences)
  • Classic cognitive psychology (perception, memory, problem solving)
  • Neuroscience, neuropsychology
  • Education and training
  • Development, ageing
  • Methods (computer modelling, database analysis, eye movements)
  • Theories of chess skill
The deadline for abstract submissions is May 1, 2022, and the deadline for article submissions is August 1, 2022.
Please submit your abstract or manuscript here. Indicate that you are submitting to the Special Issue (The Science of Chess Expertise).


  • Empirical reports describing basic and applied research on expertise
  • Brief reports, including replication attempts, or studies addressing questions of limited scope
  • Commentaries and replies concerning research reported in JoE
  • Book reviews summarizing and critiquing books relevant to expertise
  • Target articles addressing theoretical and methodological issues in expertise research

Journal Mission

JoE's mission is to provide researchers, practitioners, and the public with open access to scientific research on expertise and expert performance. Accordingly, JoE has no subscription or publication fees. JoE also hosts, free of charge, interactive media (e.g., videos, PowerPoint presentations) created by authors to disseminate findings of their research.

Recent Articles

Talent Identification and Development in Male Rugby Union: A Systematic Review

Francesco Dimundo 1,4, Matthew Cole 1, Richard C. Blagrove 3, Kevin Till 2, Alexander B. T. McAuley 1, Mike Hall 4, Chim Gale 5, and Adam L. Kelly 1
1Birmingham City University, UK, 2Leeds Beckett University, UK, 3Loughborough University, UK, 4Warriors Rugby Football Club, Sixways Stadium, UK, 5Harlequins Rugby Football Club, Twickenham Stoop Stadium, UK

Perceptual-motor Abilities Underlying Expertise in Esports

Matthew A. Pluss 1, Andrew R. Novak 1,2, Kyle J. M. Bennett 3,4, Derek Panchuk 5,6, Aaron J. Coutts 1, and Job Fransen 1
1University of Technology Sydney, Australia, 2Rugby Australia, 3School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia, 4Centre for Athlete Development, Experience & Performance, Southern Cross University, Australia, 5Victoria University, Australia, 6Australian Institute of Sport, Australia

Poker as a Domain of Expertise

Jussi Palomäki 1, Michael Laakasuo 1, Benjamin Ultan Cowley 1,2, and Otto Lappi 1
1Department of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki, 2Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki