Call for Papers: COVID-19 Pandemic Special Topic in Social Psychological Bulletin, Fast-Track Submissions


The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly an exceptional event in our lives. A year ago, few could believe that the entire world would go into a state of emergency with schools, workplaces and public places closed for many weeks, and our daily personal and professional routines severely interrupted.

People's behavior towards the pandemic comes as an important phenomenon for psychologists. Researchers make an effort to offer solutions that would be useful to the general public in times of the epidemic. Many of us have decided to conduct research to understand and explain people’s behavior, attitudes and emotions during the COVID-19 outbreak (e.g., Bavel et al., 2020, Dolinski et al., 2020). There is also a growing body of literature review on factors related to psychosocial functioning during the pandemic (e.g., Brooks et al., 2020, Torales et al., 2020).

We would like to invite submissions reporting the research on psychosocial factors related to the coronavirus outbreak in the Special Topic on COVID-19 Pandemic at SPB.

Special Topic on COVID-19 Pandemic at SPB

We welcome submissions of empirical articles reporting social psychological research on the COVID-19 pandemic. We also encourage submissions of review articles or re-analysis of existing data if they relate to COVID-19. We are interested in both research on the psychosocial consequences of pandemic, as well as on social determinants of the thoughts, feelings and behavior of people during the pandemic and in relation to the pandemic outcomes.

Submission guidelines

We invite only original papers with open data (data must be submitted along the manuscript, and exceptions must be identified at article submission). We would like to highlight that we also accept null research findings, provided that authors present a strong theoretical rationale and the methodology is rigorous.

Papers can be submitted through the journal’s online system via, and labeled as submissions for this Special Topic ("Special Topic on COVID-19 Pandemic"). Further information on SPB submission requirements is available on the journal’s website.


Manuscript submission deadline: September 15th, 2020.

First round review completion: October 20th, 2020.

Special Topic publication: December 2020.



If you need further information on the Special Topic or would like to discuss article ideas, please feel welcome to contact any of our Guest editors:
Olga Bialobrzeska (
Katarzyna Cantarero (
Wijnand A.P. van Tilburg (



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Bavel, J. J. V., Baicker, K., Boggio, P. S., Capraro, V., Cichocka, A., Cikara, M., Crockett, M. J., Crum, A. J., Douglas, K. M., Druckman, J. N., Drury, J., Dube, O., Ellemers, N., Finkel, E. J., Fowler, J. H., Gelfand, M., Han, S., Haslam, S. A., Jetten, J., … Willer, R. (2020). Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. Nature Human Behaviour, 4(5), 460–471.

Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet, 395(10227), 14-20.

Dolinski, D., Dolinska, B., Zmaczynska-Witek, B., Banach, M., & Kulesza, W. (2020). Unrealistic Optimism in the Time of Coronavirus Pandemic: May It Help to Kill, If So—Whom: Disease or the Person?. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(5), 1464.

Torales, J., O’Higgins, M., Castaldelli-Maia, J. M., & Ventriglio, A. (2020). The outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global mental health. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/0020764020915212