The Journal of Positive Psychology: Dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice Special Issue Call for Proposals

New Advancements in Positive Psychological Interventions

The Journal of Positive Psychology

The Journal of Positive Psychology is seeking proposals for a special issue on new advancements in the study and application of positive psychological interventions (PPIs).

This special issue will help researchers and practitioners using PPIs to learn about new research findings in the testing of PPIs, see demonstrations of new modalities for applying and testing PPIs, hear about new ways to conceive of and measure the outcomes impacted by PPIs, and perhaps even learn of some new PPIs being developed.

The Journal is specifically looking for five types of manuscripts. However, please note that in all cases, brevity is preferred, in order to include as many papers as possible:

  1. Thought Leadership . These papers will provide, through a mix of research and/or case studies and well-made argumentation, leadership for researchers and/or practitioners in PPIs. This could include arguing for an inclusion of an often overlooked concept, suggesting a new direction for methodology, discussion of ethical issues, or anything else.
  2. Research Updates . These papers will provide a much-needed updated review in a key research area. Emphasis should be on adding new developments with minimal redundancy with older, existing review papers (a brief overview of prior work with references elsewhere will suffice). Brief summaries providing a broad overview of an area of research that is not commonly utilized in PPI research, but arguably should be, will also be considered.
  3. New Empirical Work . Papers containing empirical studies will be considered; however, these papers should be written in such a way that they provide a larger conclusion for the community of PPI researchers and practitioners (e.g. as a proof-of-concept study, an illustration of a more general concern, or a study demonstrating an exception to a commonly held belief/practice in PP); highly specific studies that do not support the overall purpose of the special issue will not appear in this special issue.
  4. Meta-analysis. The Journal would like an updated meta-analysis to be featured in the special issue, as the last published meta-analysis of PPIs was over 5 years ago. Special consideration will be given to meta-analyses using a novel approach/examining new questions compared to the two previously published meta-analyses (Bolier et al. in 2013 and Sin & Lyubomirsky in 2009), but all meta-analysis proposals will be considered.
  5. Application Case Studies. These BRIEF papers (3-5 double spaced pages) will provide a description of a new, interesting way that PPIs are being used in education, industry, medicine, or another applied context. These papers need not be citation-heavy, though they must feature an intervention that is research-based, and the research basis for the intervention must be clearly referenced. Preference will be given to case studies that contain feasibility, usability, and/or outcome data.

Submission Instructions

Proposals should be emailed to Acacia Parks ( ) with the subject line “Submission for PPI Special Issue - SUBMISSION TYPE” (where SUBMISSION TYPE = whatever type of submission it is from the list of 5 options above) and should contain the following information:

  • Type of paper being proposed (from the list of 5 options above). Proposals of another type will be considered , but are unlikely to be accepted.
  • 250-500 word summary of the paper being proposed
  • Proposed list of authors with affiliations and email addresses for each author; very quick (1-2 sentence each) summary of what each author will contribute
  • Preferred paper length (in double sided pages) -- keeping in mind that preference will be given to briefer papers, as they allow more total papers to be accepted

Questions are welcome, as are early submissions. However, no proposals will be formally accepted until the deadline.


September 1st: Proposals due (see instructions above)

September 15th: Acceptances sent to authors

December 15th: First drafts of manuscripts due

January 15th: Comments sent to authors

March 1st: Final manuscripts due

Special Issue will go to print in Q3 of 2019

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