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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Special Issue (Section) / Forum Paper Proposals

06.11.2018, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Social Psychological Bulletin;
Submission deadline: January 31st, 2019

The Social Psychological Bulletin invites researchers to submit a Special Issue (Section) or Forum Paper proposal.

  • A Special Issue (Section) proposal would require suggesting a collection of articles (5-10 papers) on a specific emerging topic, see the latest SPB’s special issue on evaluative conditioning by Balas & Bar-Anan (2018) here:
  • A Forum Paper would require proposing a challenging idea for a target article that others from various sub-disciplines would be eager to discuss. An excellent example are the eight commentaries published along Dolinski’s target article (2018) on the lack of behavioral measurements in social psychology, see the issue at:

The purpose of the Special Issue / Forum Paper is to cover a specific emerging subject that is highly topical within social psychology and has the potential to fuel debate and attract the interest of the scientific community.

We would like to hear your ideas about the next special topic: What is a socially relevant and timely idea that should be discussed by social psychologists? We plan to consider proposals for special issue/section/forum papers until the 31st January 2019. Depending on the schedule, the Special Issue / Forum Paper would be published as the last issue of 2019 (December) or the first issue of 2020 (March).

About Social Psychological Bulletin

Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is a journal owned by the Polish Social Psychological Society (PSPS) that recently has been turned into an English publication outlet and is published by the Open-Access platform, PsychOpen Gold (ZPID).

Most importantly, SPB is truly OA - it publishes articles at no cost for both readers and authors, thanks to sponsoring societies who generously cover the article processing charges).

Furthermore, SPB actively supports open-science practices (e.g. pre-registration, open data/materials), and implements the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines (Open Science Collaboration, 2015).

The SPB project needs your support in order to become stronger in its international outreach. We hope that through such special sections - devoted to a particular area of social psychology at a time - could be just the right thing to do.

Michal Parzuchowski & Marcin Bukowski

Information provided in the proposal should include:

  • Up to 500 words of rationale explaining the significance, novelty, and adherence to the scope of the journal guidelines (open data/materials).
  • A brief outline of the sub-topics that could possibly be covered in the proposed special issue/section/discussion.
  • A plan for obtaining quality papers from authors varying in gender/location/seniorship.
  • A brief resume of the proposed Guest Editors.
  • A proposed time schedule including submission deadline and completion of the editorial process.

Guest Editor’s expected role

Once the proposal is accepted, the GE will circulate the call for papers for the special issue and invite submissions. The GE will be managing the submissions within the SPB panel, including assigning reviewers, communicating with authors, as well as making editorial decisions for acceptance, decline and minor revisions. The GE will also secure at least three subject experts as reviewers per submission and will make a final decision based on at least two reviews. The GE will be coordinating the editorial process in consultation with the co-Editors-in-Chief. The GE will ensure that all deadlines are met, and the final project is delivered as scheduled in the proposal.

The selection process of the proposals

The selection process will focus on the overall quality of the proposal. The GE should adhere to TOP guidelines and promote transparency (pre-registration, open data, transparency). Topics that are within the aim and scope of the SPB, which provide significant novelty and complement previously published issues of the journal, will be given priority.

For any further inquiry, please contact the editorial office at