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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Papers Special Issue of EJSP

22.05.2020, by Tina Keil in call for papers

"The Social Psychology of Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: Social Processes and Contexts"; Deadline for expressions of interest: June 30th, 2020


We are happy to announce a forthcoming special issue for the European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP) on The Social Psychology of Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: Social Processes and Contexts. This special issue will be edited by Marco Salvati (Sapienza University, Italy) and Yasin Koc (University of Groningen, the Netherlands).


LGBTQ* issues have been at the centre of politics, social movements, and human rights discussions, and they have undergone a major transformation over the past half-century across the world. On the one hand, we saw some improvements to certain rights such as same sex marriage legalisation in the US, Taiwan, Australia, and Northern Ireland. These improvements have been linked to more positive LGBTQ* attitudes in society and more favourable outcomes for well-being of LGBTQ* communities. On the other hand, such global progressive trends have faced backlash in different countries. For instance, many areas in Poland have been declared LGBTQ*-free zones; trans-people are no longer allowed to change their names or gender markers in official documents in Bulgaria or not recognised in Hungary; pride marches were banned in Georgia and Turkey; transgender people were banned from serving in the military in the US. In this increasingly polarised social and political climate, research has become more essential on LGBTQ* communities regarding the stigma surrounding their identities, social movements to improve their status, and intra- and intergroup contexts to increase their wellbeing.

Potential contributions

The goal of this special issue is to better understand the social psychology of sexual orientations and gender identities, the social processes they are shaped through, and the contexts in which they are created and maintained. We believe we can provide new insights to promote social progress and policies, through the applicative implications of the papers of this Special Issue, as well as fostering the development of both prevention strategies and psycho-social wellbeing promotion programs for LGBTQ* individuals in several life contexts.

Thus, grounded in a social-psychological perspective, we invite contributions which include either heterosexual or LGBTQ* samples (or both), and related to the following research areas:

  • Homonegativity and Internalized Sexual Stigma;
  • Self Concept and Identity Processes (i.e. stereotypes, gender roles, coming out, etc.);
  • Attitudes, Objectification and Dehumanization Processes;
  • Social Change and Collective Action to promote LGBTQ* rights and gender equality;
  • Interpersonal and Intergroup Relationships;
  • Sexual Relationships and Dating Apps;
  • Intersectionality, including multiple minority status (i.e. gender, ethnicity, etc.);
  • Social Contexts as protective or harmful environments (i.e., family, school, sports, work, LGBTQ* and other communities);
  • LGBTQ* people and Coronavirus emergency.

With this call, we invite expressions of interest (see below for a detailed description of the procedure). After this initial round, we will select potential contributors to submit a full manuscript that will undergo peer review.

We are seeking original empirical and theoretical research articles (max. 10,000 words). Note that effective since February 1st 2019, EJSP abolished short reports and single-study empirical papers are only considered in exceptional circumstances. Manuscripts should be submitted via the EJSP submission portal and should be prepared in accordance with the journal guidelines. When submitting a manuscript, please state that it is for consideration for inclusion in the special issue, and select the article type ‘special issue paper’. All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review and must meet the high standards of EJSP before being accepted for publication.

These standards include high levels of research transparency. We will expect authors to include a working link in the manuscript to openly available materials (i.e., all applied procedures, materials, measures) and to the data and codes needed to reproduce the reported result, or include a description in the manuscript why it was not feasible to provide such a link. Also, the sampling strategy (preferably including power analyses) and the rationale for any data exclusions should be described in detail. For more information see the recent EJSP Editorial and EJSP’s author guidelines.


  • June 30, 2020: Deadline for expressions of interest from potential contributors in form of a brief proposal (see below).
  • October 31, 2020: Manuscript submission deadline
  • January 15, 2021: First decisions regarding submitted manuscripts
  • March 15, 2021: Revised manuscript submission deadline

Submission of Expressions of Interest:

To submit an expression of interest, please send in a single pdf-file (a) a tentative manuscript title, (b) the names and affiliations of authors, and (c) a brief proposal (400-600 words) of your planned contribution including a summary of research questions and their relevance to the special issue, participants including sampling details, methods, variables, and, if available, first results. The deadline for expressions of interest is June 30, 2020. Please submit your document to Marco Salvati ( and Yasin Koc ( The Guest Editors will be happy to answer questions about the special issue’s scope and potential fit of a manuscript to the aims of the issue.

Authors who do not submit an expression of interest by June 30 may still submit a manuscript. However, in this case the Guest Editors encourage a brief initial enquiry and cannot guarantee full consideration of these submissions.