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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of Social Cognition

09.05.2019, by Tina Keil in call for papers

“25 Years of Research Using Implicit Measures”
Submission deadline: November 1st, 2019

Social Cognition
Social Cognition

Guest Editors: Bertram Gawronski, Jan De Houwer, Jeffrey Sherman

The year 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of two seminal publications that have set the foundation for an exponentially growing body of research using implicit measures: Fazio, Jackson, Dunton, and Williams’ (1995) work using evaluative priming to measure racial attitudes, and Greenwald and Banaji’s (1995) review of implicit social cognition research that served as the basis for the development of the Implicit Association Test. Today, implicit measures have achieved wide visibility and use both inside and outside of the academy. They are used in many practical applications and research with implicit measures is frequently cited in the popular press.

However, despite the widespread popularity of implicit measures, controversies remain about various theoretical, methodological, and empirical questions and the contribution of implicit measures to solving real-world problems. Given the historical milestone and the continued growth in use across academic and applied settings, it is a good time for taking stock of the current state of the field and an in-depth analysis of what we have learned from implicit measures, what we haven’t learned, what we still need to learn, where implicit measures have succeeded, where they have failed, and what conclusions we can draw from the available evidence. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a platform for broad discussions of research using implicit measures with the goal of offering guidance for future research and applications.

This call for submissions seeks theoretical commentaries on research using implicit measures. Primarily, we seek non-empirical papers, focusing on theoretical, methodological, empirical, and applied issues. Empirical data may be used to support arguments, but the special issue will not include articles presenting novel empirical research using implicit measures. There is a 5000 word limit for contributions to the special issue (excluding references).

Manuscripts should be submitted through the Social Cognition submission portal at by selecting the relevant special section. The deadline for submissions for the special issue is November 1st, 2019. The guest editors will prescreen all manuscripts for their suitability for the special issue prior to a formal review process. All submitting authors may be contacted to serve as reviewers for this special issue.

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