Letter of Intent Deadline: June 10, 2018

Purpose and Goals

The past two decades have seen an extraordinary increase in scholarship on emotion regulation. Now is the time to take stock, consider what we've learned, and identify directions for future research and theoretical development.

In this special section/issue of Emotion, we would like to consider a core set of fundamental questions about emotion regulation (ER). These questions include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Definition of ER — What is ER (e.g., how does it relate to constructs such as emotion, stress, cognitive control, coping, self-regulation)?
  2. Mechanisms of ER — What psychological and/or neural mechanisms give rise to ER?
  3. Consequences of ER — What are the consequences of ER (e.g., immediate effects on affect, cognition, behavior, physiology; delayed effects on well-being, mental and physical health, social functioning; effects for regulators and for others)?
  4. Determinants of ER — What are the proximal and/or distal determinants of ER (e.g., beliefs, motivations, contextual factors; gender/sex, personality, psychopathology, early experience, culture)?
  5. Intervening to change ER — How can ER be changed (e.g., at the level of the individual, at the supra-individual level)?

Standards for Papers

We would prefer each paper to target a single question, whether one of those above or one of the authors' own invention.

The ideal paper brings the target question to life, selectively reviews what we currently know about one or more aspects of the focal question, and points to future research questions.

Papers should be accessible to non-specialists, and would — in combination with other papers from this special section/issue — be just what you'd want to assign to an advanced seminar on emotion regulation and intersecting fields.

Papers will meet standards for a brief report: a maximum of 2500 words, no more than 2 figures or tables, with a 30 reference cap.

We think it unlikely that this would be the place for reporting previously unpublished findings.

Submission Details

If you would like to submit a manuscript in response to this call for papers, please send letters of intent to Special Issue Guest Editors James Gross and Kateri McRae by June 10, 2018.

In the letter, please:

  1. Identify the question you would like to address (a numbered question from the list above, or one of your own invention).
  2. List the (tentative) author team you have in mind, including institutional affiliations
  3. In 200 words or less, indicate what you'd like to do with this question. This can be in the form of bullet points, an outline, or an abstract — whatever best conveys the key points you're hoping to make in a full submission.

You may submit as many separate letters of intent as you wish, one for each question you are interested in tackling. In the subject line, please use "LOI for Emotion".

We are seeking a broad representation of psychological scholars as well as balanced coverage of the proposed questions.

We expect to have decisions on the letters of intent by July 1, 2018.

Only manuscripts that have been invited by the Special Issue Guest Editors based on a Letter of Intent will be considered.

Invited manuscripts must be submitted no later than December 1, 2018 for publication in late 2019.

Please note that the standards for review maintained by Emotion will be followed and all submissions will be subject to rigorous peer review.

An invitation to submit a manuscript does not guarantee that it will ultimately be accepted for the special section/issue.

If you have any questions regarding the Special Section/Issue, please contact the Guest Editors.

Guest Editors

  • Guest Editor: James Gross, Stanford University
  • Associate Editor: Kateri McRae, University of Denver

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