Call for Proposals: Special Issue on Internationalization of Research in Psychology

Trends in Psychology invites proposals for a special issue on internationalization of research in psychology. 

For the last several decades, internationalization has been viewed as an important goal for psychological science – as a means of creating a more inclusive science, as a means of addressing the dearth of data on non-WEIRD populations, and as a means of addressing student and faculty demands for outreach in education and training.

The goal of this special issue is to provide a broad review of internationalization in psychological science. Topics to be addressed include: how well is psychology doing in becoming an international science; what are the opportunities and challenges for engaging in international research, what are the “best practices” and methods for facilitating successful international research, and what do international research collaborations look like?

It is envisioned that papers will address one of more of four broad themes:

  1. Overview, “lay of the land” or state of the art: What is internationalization in psychological science? What indicators are useful for assessing it? What does internationalization in psychological science look like today? How is that likely to change?
  2. Issues in conducting international research in psychology (“How to do it”): Including, but not limited to, (1) Collaboration issues: language, response style, resource differences; bridging cultural expectations; (2) Regulatory issues: navigating adherence to ethical requirements, regulatory requirements, data protection, publication policies, and the like; (3) Technology issues: how technologies facilitate international collaboration, best practices.
  3. Examples of international collaborations in psychological science, including lessons learned. The goal is to be able to publish a diverse (in terms of content and geography) set of examples of international collaborative research, including case studies. If your contribution concerns specific research collaborations the focus should be on the processes, challenges and opportunities of internationalization and how you addressed them. A standard report of research that involves international collaboration without a “meta-view” of the processes would not be compatible with the goals of the special issue.
  4. Emerging trends in internationalization in psychological science: potentials, opportunities and challenges.

If there are other topics that authors consider relevant, please contact the Editors of the special issue.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Merry Bullock, Ahimsa International and International Council of Psychologists, MerryBullock@mac.com

Dr. Claudia Zúñiga, Universidad de Chile and Chilean Scientific Society of Psychology, cczuniga@u.uchile.cl

Potential authors are requested to send a proposal to the guest editors with a title and brief abstract (up to 400 words) of the proposal manuscript.

Extended deadlines:

Proposals Deadline: May 15, 2021

Decisions to Authors: June 1, 2021

Full Manuscript Deadline:  August 31, 2021

Authors are encouraged to contact the Editors for any queries before submitting their manuscripts.

Manuscript Guidelines: Authors should follow Trends in Psychology's submission guidelines. All manuscript submissions will undergo double-blind peer review.

We look forward to your manuscripts!