In addition to regular articles, SPB publishes articles on Special Topics. These articles are published as separate Special Issues or (since 2022) as separate Special Thematic Sections within the journal volumes.
SPB publishes up to one Special Topic per year. Special Topics focus on timely questions in social psychology, explore cutting-edge research, and provoke meaningful discussions within our community. All submitted Special Topic proposals undergo a review process by the editors-in-chief. The criteria for selection include the relevance to the aims and scope of the journal, novelty, and the potential of the proposed Special Topic to attract high-quality contributions and facilitate important discussion in the field.
The editors-in-chief oversee the editorial process and offer guidance and help to the guest editors both when it comes to the editorial decisions and technical issues. The editors-in-chief decide on the themes of the Special Topics and monitor all the articles submitted as part of Special Topics, yet the ultimate decisions regarding which articles are accepted and form part of a Special Topic is made by the guest editors.
Completed Thematic Issues and Sections
"Is Psychology Self-Correcting? Reflections on the Credibility Revolution in Social and Personality Psychology" (Special Thematic Section in: SPB 2023, Vol 18)
Guest-edited by Simine Vazire and Brian Nosek
"A Festschrift in Honour of Bogdan Wojciszke" (Special Thematic Section in: SPB 2022, Vol 17)
Guest-edited by Katarzyna Myślińska-Szarek, Konrad Bocian and Michał Parzuchowski
"Special Topic on COVID-19 Pandemic" (Special Issue: SPB 2020, Vol 15, No 4)
Guest-edited by Katarzyna Cantarero, Olga Białobrzeska and Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg
"Capturing Life and Its Fluctuations: Experience Sampling and Daily Diary Studies in Studying Within-Person Variability" (Special Issue: SPB 2020, Vol 15, No 2)
Guest-edited by Marta Roczniewska, Ewelina Smoktunowicz and Ewa Gruszczyńska
"From Conflict to Dialogue? Lessons of the Polish Round Table ‘89" (Special Issue: SPB 2019, Vol 14, No 4)
Guest-edited by Mirosław Kofta, Michał Bilewicz and Stephen Reicher
"A Festschrift in Honour of Maria Lewicka" (Special Issue: SPB 2019, Vol 14, No 2)
Guest-edited by Adrian Wójcik, Sabina Toruńczyk-Ruiz, Anna Wnuk and Katarzyna Byrka
"Activism – Radicalization – Protest" (Special Issue: SPB 2018, Vol 13, No 4)
Guest-edited by Katarzyna Jaśko and Tomasz Besta
"Evaluative Conditioning – Theoretical Accounts" (Special Issue: SPB 2018, Vol 13, No 3)
Guest-edited by Robert Balas and Yoav Bar-Anan