Motivation and Emotion publishes theoretical papers and original research reports of either a basic or applied nature from any area of psychology and behavioral science, provided that the focus is on motivation and/or emotion. While the primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation, animal studies are also published, provided they are relevant to general motivation and/or emotion theory.

  • Publishes theoretical papers and original research reports either a basic or applied nature that focus on motivation and emotion
  • Primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation, but animal studies are also included
  • 92% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Michael Richter
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1.878 (2019)
Impact factor
2.655 (2019)
Five year impact factor
49 days
Submission to first decision
337 days
Submission to acceptance
330,550 (2020)
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  • Call for Papers: Advances on Goal Disengagement Research

    The goal concept is central to motivation psychology because motivation orients, energises, and selects behaviour towards some type of goal or goal state – a notion that many motivation researchers share. However, we know comparatively less about the disengagement from goals, although the relevance of goal disengagement for maintaining or restoring well-being and health has been repeatedly demonstrated. The specific processes of goal disengagement and their relations on the cognitive, affective, and behavioural level have rarely been studied. The aim of this special issue is bringing different theoretical and methodological approaches on goal disengagement, goal adjustment, and goal reengagement together.  

    Editors: Kaspar Schattke, Cathleen Kappes
    Submission Deadlines: Initial drafts are due by October 1, 2021. Following peer review and and necessary revisions, final decisions will be made by mid-May 2022. 

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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