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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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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4.135 (2021)
Impact factor
3.929 (2021)
Five year impact factor
38 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
395,142 (2021)
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  • Call for Papers: Perspectives on Emotion: Lay Theories, Beliefs, Attitudes, Mindsets, and Related Constructs

    This special issue aims to contribute to the advancement of the study of emotion perspectives by showcasing the diversity of approaches and constructs that are being utilized by researchers in different sub-fields of psychology. Regardless of the specific research questions pursued, we encourage submissions in which investigators attempt to build conceptual and/or methodological bridges between more than one theoretical/terminological framework.

    Guest Editors: Michael A. Kisley, Elizabeth T. Kneeland
    Submission Deadlines: Initial proposals are due by November 15, 2021 with full manuscript invitations sent out by December 15, 2021. Submission of full manuscripts by April 1, 2022.

  • 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. 

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1573-6644
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0146-7239
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