Submit a paper to this Special Issue: https://www.psychologicabelgica.com/submit/start/
Manuscripts should be submitted before April 30, 2021. Note that all manuscripts will be published immediately after acceptance even if submitted before the deadline.
The COVID19 pandemic urges us all to change our health behaviours and related social behaviours at a neck-breaking speed. Psychology can help understand when and why people adopt preventive or resilient behaviour and provide guidance on how to enable behavioural change and deal with psycho-social consequences of the pandemic. This call for a special issue welcomes all contributions that shed light on how psychology can explain and help promote preventive behaviours in response COVID19, for instance, the (non)adoption of behaviour to protect ourselves and others from getting infected and its integration in our daily lives.
Apart from the immediate threat to public health, the pandemic has fuelled economic and social stressors, further exacerbated by confinement measures to restrain the spread of the virus. Even now, after confinement has been partially lifted, long-term effects of the pandemic on individuals, communities, and societies as a whole are still insufficiently understood. We invite contributions that provide new insights into individual or collective behaviour, cognition, motivation and emotion in response to the pandemic and the confinement measures, and that, potentially, improve our ability to respond to future pandemics and/or to include vulnerable groups.
Authors are encouraged to discuss and report research findings investigating different levels of analysis, also paying attention to the social ecologies in which behavioural change is embedded. The call is not limited to any specific population, and values contributions that consider intergroup asymmetries underlying adoption of adaptive behaviours. Manuscripts can include empirical notes, regular empirical articles (qualitative, quantitative), and integrative reviews.
Possible topics (but not limited to), in relation to COVID19:
Guest editors: Ann DeSmet, Céline Douilliez, Karen Phalet, & Stephan Van den Broucke
Posted on 10 Jul 2020
Psychologica Belgica has launched a new special collection, guest edited by Pieter Van Dessel. Research Integrity and Open Science in Psychology Research consists of papers that discuss outstanding issues such as the incentives for open science, that outline important determinants of research integrity, and that provide practical guidelines for improving research integrity such as through detailed preregistration and by providing more clarity regarding used research materials.
Posted on 14 Aug 2019
On 4 September 2018, 11 national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.
cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle: “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”
The editors of Psychologica Belgica welcome this initiative and, as a fully compliant Open Access journal with low APCs and CC BY licences, we invite submissions from all psychology researchers funded by participating organisations!
Posted on 06 Sep 2018
Paul Eelen passed away on August 21, 2016. Paul was a clinically oriented scientist, for whom learning principles (Pavlovian or operant) were more than salivary responses and lever presses. His expertise in learning psychology and his enthusiasm to translate this knowledge to clinical practice inspired many inside and outside academia. Several of his original writings were in the Dutch language. This Special Collection, compiled by his former students and colleagues, presents translations of several of his manuscripts to English to allow wide access to his original insights and opinions. Even though some of the manuscripts were written more than two decades ago, their content is surprisingly contemporary.
Read the full collection here.
Posted on 30 Jul 2018
Psychologica Belgica has the pleasure to introduce a new paper format, the ‘PhD Critical Review’ papers. A lot of work typically goes into the writing of the theoretical part of PhD theses, which present in a comprehensive and critical manner the state of the art of a specific research topic. This type of work can be of tremendous help and save precious time to other researchers planning to do research on a specific research question they are perhaps less familiar with. Yet, the rich and critical theoretical background work that characterizes PhD theses is rarely disseminated in the form of a scientific paper.
Psychologica Belgica encourages researchers who recently obtained their PhD or are about to defend their PhD to submit a critical review paper based on the introductory AND discussion parts of their PhD thesis. These papers will undergo rigorous peer review like any other type of submission. Like theoretical review papers, these papers should have between 4000 and 10000 words, and should lead to a novel theoretical account and/or to novel research perspectives. These papers are not intended to be simple summaries of the PhD thesis but they should be presented as an independent review paper.
Posted on 27 Mar 2018
A new editorial team has been appointed for Psychologica Belgica, the official journal of the Belgian Association of Psychological Sciences. The new Editor-in-Chief, Steve Majerus, and his team of associate editors will lead Psychologica Belgica to the horizon of 2020. Our exclusively open-access journal will continue to publish empirical, methodological and theoretical work in any field of psychology, by encouraging submissions from both fundamental and applied research fields. Methodological rigour and scientific transparency are the most important criteria against which submitted manuscripts are being judged. We invite submissions from researchers all over the world.
We extend our warmest thanks to the past Editor-in-Chief, Alain Van Hiel, and his editorial team. Under Alain Van Hiel’s devoted editorship, a steady increase in the journal’s international impact could be observed. Thanks, Alain, for all your time and energy invested in directing our journal.
Posted on 25 Sep 2017
This special issue is devoted to Prof. Dr. W. Lens, who passed away end of August 2014 while he was vacationing. The special issue is meant to honor Willy’s intellectual contribution to the field of motivation psychology and his enthusiastic and devoted mentorship, which has spurred many of us to study motivation-related topics. The special issue opens with an overview paper, which highlights four emerging trends that characterize contemporary motivation psychology and that were central to Willy’s work. Subsequently, eight empirical papers, each fitting within one of these trends, are presented. The empirical contributions are grounded in diverse motivational frameworks, including future time perspective theory, achievement goal theory and self-determination theory. The special issue closes with a tribute, discussing Willy’s personality, interests and way of being in the academic community.
For an introduction to the issue, read Emerging Trends and Future Directions for the Field of Motivation Psychology: A Special Issue in Honor of Prof. Dr. Willy Lens by Maarten Vansteenkiste & Athanasios Mouratidis. The full table of contents can be viewed on the issue page.Guest editor(s):
Maarten Vansteenkiste, University of Gent, Belgium
Athanasios Mouratidis, Hacepette University, Turkey
Posted on 13 Jul 2016