Call for Proposals: Special Issue on the Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual Health and Behavior

The World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11, 2020. In a short span of time, the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation measures have caused widespread social and economic disruptions to individuals, communities, and nations. These disruptions have had a significant impact on the health, safety, and well-being of individuals. To date, there is little information about the effects of COVID-19 on sexual health, and some groups may be more vulnerable to the pandemic mitigation measures, including, among others, young people, women and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, refugees and migrants, the poor and uninsured, and people living with HIV. The Archives of Sexual Behavior invites proposals for a special issue on COVID-19 to highlight the impact of the pandemic on sexual health, including sexual behaviors, sexuality, sexual relationships, health care access and treatment, and sexual and reproductive rights of all individuals.

For the full Call for Proposals text and details about submission requirements, read more in the published Editorial here.

Guest Editors: 

Lori Scott-Sheldon ( for topics related to sexual risk behaviors, especially among groups at-risk for HIV and other STIs, alcohol and other substance use, clinical care for patients living with HIV, and perspectives from other infectious diseases, natural disasters, or terrorist events. 

Kristen Mark ( for topics related to sexual functioning and reproductive health, sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence, mental health and trauma, and education or workplace disruptions.

Rhonda Balzarini ( for topics related to sexual satisfaction and relationship quality, sexual ideals and preferences including diverse sexual orientations and relationships, economic considerations, and sexual stigma and discrimination.

Lisa Welling ( for topics related to sexual behavior, particularly in reference to evolutionary psychology theories and hypotheses (e.g., Life History Strategy, Dual Mating Hypothesis), attraction, mate choice, and adaptive preferences. 

General questions about the special issue or manuscript topics that fall outside of the areas listed above can be submitted to Lori Scott-Sheldon ( Please label all correspondence with the subject line “ASEB COVID-19 and Sexual Health.”

Deadline for proposals: May 20, 2020. Decisions about proposals: June 20, 2020