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Special Issue of Applied Psychology: Diversity, equity and inclusion in applied psychology: Where have we been and where are we going?

  • 1.  Special Issue of Applied Psychology: Diversity, equity and inclusion in applied psychology: Where have we been and where are we going?

    Posted 25 days ago

    Dr. Larry Martinez and I invite you to submit abstracts for a DEI-focused special issue of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Details below!

    Call for Abstracts

    Diversity, equity and inclusion in applied psychology: Where have we been and where are we going?

    Submission deadline: Sunday, 1 September 2024

    Scholarship in diversity, equity, and inclusion within applied psychology has hit a crescendo in recent years. Yet, there are still many important areas of inquiry that scholars have yet to explore. Each contribution in this special issue will be focused on a particular identity group, characteristic, or experience. As such, each contribution should 1) synthesize existing scholarship in applied psychology related to the work experiences of members of the group, characteristic, or experience chosen and 2) identify avenues of future research related to the group, characteristic, or experience by highlighting key unanswered questions that could have important implications for driving diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations. Papers will not be considered for the special issue if they are missing either a synthesis of existing scholarship or a careful consideration of key unanswered research questions that apply to their population of focus.

    To that end, we are soliciting articles that synthesize research that has been conducted on various marginalized identity groups (e.g., immigrants, those from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds, neurodiverse individuals or those struggling with mental health challenges, disabled individuals, racial minorities, sexual orientation and/or gender identity minorities, individuals of different body sizes, religious and/or political orientations, ages, etc.) and which also promote new research streams that address under-examined issues or challenges that such populations face. We encourage authors to focus on all aspects of the career lifecycle when considering scholarship to include in their review (i.e., recruitment, selection, development, training, performance management, interpersonal dynamics/team dynamics, etc.). Although it is important to recognize and document the struggles that marginalized populations face in the workplace, we also encourage authors to highlight and promote research on the positive aspects of marginalized individuals’ lived experiences at work (e.g., contributing a unique perspective; cultivating skills in overcoming hardships; or building meaningful, supportive relationships with supervisors or coworkers). Finally, although the special issue articles are intended to deeply examine marginalized populations in isolation, we also encourage authors to consider how intersectionality may play a role in determining marginalized individuals’ work experiences, and how future research might better capture these nuances.

    Suggested identities, characteristics, and/or experiences of interest:

    • National origin/Immigration status
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Gender Identity/Gender
    • Body size
    • Religion
    • Neurodiversity/Mental Health
    • Physical Health/Disability
    • Race/Ethnicity
    • Age

    Guest Editors:

    Larry Martinez & Katina Sawyer

    Submission Guidelines/Instructions

    To ensure appropriate coverage across topics, and to promote inclusion of more junior scholars, we are leveraging a multi-step, developmental process for authors interested in publishing their work in this special issue. First, we will review short proposals that summarize authors’ intended contributions. Please send an email to the special issue guest editors (please remember to include both of the SI Guest Editors in your email) to indicate your intended topic, and including a one-page extended abstract as an attachment. Extended abstracts should 1) clearly define your population of interest, 2) contain a brief summary of the relevant literature(s) you intend to incorporate into your article, and 3) provide potential key research questions that have been unexplored within your population of interest. Short proposals will be due to the SI Guest Editors by September 1st, 2024. Proposals will be reviewed for quality and novelty, and a subset of proposals will be selected to move forward to the next round of the process. Second, authors who are invited to engage in the next round of the process will participate in a paper development workshop, to take place in December 2024. Authors will be asked to create an elaborated outline for their papers, and will be invited to participate in a virtual workshop to further develop their ideas. The workshop will include tips about reviewing others’ work and will provide authors with peer feedback to improve their potential manuscripts. Third, authors who attended the paper development workshop will be asked to submit their full papers by May 15th, 2025, incorporating the feedback that they received in the workshop (using their own discretion). Full, submitted papers will be sent out for peer review. Guest editors will embody a developmental spirit in the review process, to help authors to further develop their work for publication. Authorship teams are highly encouraged to include graduate students and/or junior faculty members as authors.

    Those who are interested in providing a contribution on an identity, characteristic, or experience not listed here are encouraged to suggest their ideas to the special issue guest editors.



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    Katina Sawyer
    University of Arizona
    Tucson AZ
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