Call for Papers: Special Issues

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Editor:Lasana Harris, Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London

Theme of the Special Issue:
The recent wave of social unrest in response to the killing of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others has thrust structural racism into the spotlight. During this moment, we can all reflect on the fact that discriminatory behavior still exists towards people of African, Latinx, and Asian descent in many countries. In light of these facts, we have focused this special issue on structural racism and affective science.

We invite theoretical and opinion papers, literature reviews/meta-analysis, and empirical papers that (1) reimagine how the scientific process might work in affective science to reduce structural racism and (2) examine the associations between structural racism and affective processes.

In terms of reducing structural racism in affective science, we are interested in changes that could be made to any part of our scientific processes, from student recruitment and retention, and career mentorship to participant selection, research questioning and hypothesis testing, paradigm selection, operationalisation, statistical analysis, peer reviewing, and publication. In terms of examining the associations between structural racism and affective processes, we are interested in papers that examine both directions of influence. Thus, for example, we welcome research on the affective states that foster structural racism, the role that affect plays in reducing racism, and affective consequences for those who encounter structural racism chronically in their lives.

We welcome contributions from multiple disciplines and interdisciplinary collaborations including – but not limited to – psychology (social, political, developmental, cultural, cognitive, psycholinguistics, etc.), political science, philosophy, economics, sociology, evolutionary anthropology, communication science, computer science, and neuroscience. At Affective Science, affective processes are broadly construed, and include emotion, mood, stress, motivation, reward processes, and affective evaluations.

  • Specifications for theoretical/opinion articles: limit to 4,000 words (including all main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. They are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for meta-analysis/literature review articles: limit to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits for meta-analyses. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for full length empirical articles: limit to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for brief reports: limit to 750 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. Maximum of two figures or tables and 20 references.
  • Supplemental materials/results may be submitted with the article and will be part of the review process. We will not publish supplemental material that is un-reviewed (SOM-U).

Proposals are due by August 1, 2020. Authors who are invited to submit a full article will be notified by September 1, 2020. Full manuscripts will be due by December 1, 2020, with the plan to finalize the special issue by 2021.

Proposals should be one-page double spaced. For research articles, a description of the question, participants, design, methods, and results are required. Data collection must be completed and data must be fully analysed at the time of submission. For theoretical articles, include a synopsis of the major themes of the paper. For literature reviews / meta-analyses, a full description of the methods for searching the literature should be explained, as well as inclusion and exclusion criteria. Proposals can be submitted through structuralracism.AFFS@gmail.com

Any questions can be directed to Lasana Harris (lasana.harris@ucl.ac.uk).

Editors: Eran Halperin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Ruthie Pliskin, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Theme of the Special Issue:
Emotions and other relevant affective processes play a key role in almost every aspect of our social and political lives. In recent decades, scholars from various disciplines have studied the ways in which emotions shape and direct our political decisions and behavior, as well as the ways in which social and political events influence our daily emotional experiences. This research has focused on how affective processes relate to a broad range of political processes and behaviors, including voting, political participation and collective action, intergroup conflict and its resolution, ideology and political polarization, radicalization and political intolerance, social media, and more. These social and political emotional processes can be studied at the individual as well as the collective level, and insights from both approaches can both illuminate fundamental socio-political processes and inform interventions designed to alter and improved them (through different forms of emotion regulation).

The goals of this special issue are to showcase novel theoretical ideas and empirical evidence on the interactions between emotional processes on the one hand and social-political processes on the other hand across a range of (inter)disciplinary areas. We invite submissions from multiple disciplines, including – but not limited to – psychology (social, political, developmental, cultural, cognitive, psycholinguistics, etc.), political science, sociology, communication science, computer science, and neuroscience. At Affective Science, affective processes are broadly construed, and include emotion, mood, stress, motivation, reward processes, and affective evaluations. This call is directed at empirical articles, but theoretical articles may be considered in exceptional cases.

  • Specifications for the research article: limit to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for the brief report: limit to 750 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. Maximum of two figures or tables and 20 references.
  • Specifications for the theoretical article: limit to 4,000 words (including all main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. They are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Supplemental materials/results may be submitted with the article and will be part of the review process. We will not publish supplemental material that is un-reviewed (SOM-U).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to extend all deadlines by one month. Accordingly, proposals are now due by June 1, 2020. Authors who will be invited to submit a full article will be notified by July 1st. Full manuscripts will be due by January 1, 2021, with the plan to finalize the special issue by mid-2021.

Proposals should be one-page double spaced. For research articles a description of the question, participants, design, methods, and results are required. Data collection must be completed, and data must be fully analysed at the time of submission. For theoretical articles, include a synopsis of the major themes of the paper. Proposals can be submitted through emotions.in.politics.aff.s@gmail.com.

Any questions can be directed to Eran Halperin (eran.halperin@mail.huji.ac.il) or Ruthie Pliskin (r.pliskin@fsw.leidenuniv.nl).

Editor: Kristen A. Lindquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Theme of the Special Issue:
The interplay of language and emotion has interested scholars throughout the ages. Recent research in affective science reveals the complex and fascinating ways in which language and emotion interact. For instance, natural human language can be mined to reveal affective meanings that predict outcomes ranging from health and well-being to political behavior. Cross-linguistic differences in semantic structure exist, pointing to cultural differences in emotion understanding, and perhaps even experience. During early development, the use of emotion words by caregivers predicts children’s later emotion understanding and regulatory abilities. In adults, accessing emotion words alters self-reported experiences, physiology, and brain activity. Labeling affective states with emotion words contributes to greater self-regulation in the face of negative emotion and phobias.

The goals of this special issue are to showcase novel empirical evidence examining the interaction between language and emotion across a range of interdisciplinary areas. We invite submissions from multiple disciplines including but not limited to psychology (social, clinical, developmental, cultural, cognitive, psycholinguistics, etc.), computer science, engineering, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and neuroscience. At Affective Science, affective processes are broadly construed, and include emotion, mood, stress, motivation, reward processes, and affective evaluations. We are especially seeking Research Articles, although in exemplary cases, Theoretical Articles will be considered.

  • Specifications for the research article: limit to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for the brief report: limit to 750 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. Maximum of two figures or tables and 20 references.
  • Specifications for the theoretical article: limit to 4,000 words (including all main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. They are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Supplemental materials/results may be submitted with the article and will be part of the review process. We will not publish supplemental material that is un-reviewed (SOM-U).

Proposals are due by March 1, 2020. Proposals that will be invited for full article submission will be notified by April 1st. Papers will be due by October 1, 2020, with the plan to finalize the special issue by the beginning of 2021.

Proposals should be one-page double spaced. For research articles a description of the question, participants, design, methods and results are required. Data collection must be completed and data must be fully analysed. For theoretical articles, include a synopsis of the major themes of the paper. Proposals can be submitted through languageemotionAFFS@gmail.com

Any questions can be directed to Kristen Lindquist (Kristen.lindquist@unc.edu).