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Special Issue 2021 "Personality dynamics in applied research" - Call for proposals extended

Hello there! The European Journal of Personality has extended the deadline for the special issue of 2021: "Personality Dynamics in Applied Research" to July 1, 2019. Don't forget to send in your work!

Read more about the call below! The full call can be accessed here.

European Journal of Personality

Calls for articles

Special Issue 2021: “Personality Dynamics in Applied Research”

Deadline for proposals: July 1 2019

The European Journal of Personality (EJP) is seeking paper proposals for the 2021. Special Issue on “Personality Dynamics in Applied Research” and invites you to submit a proposal for a conceptual/theoretical, methodological, statistical, or empirical paper that addresses this topic. This EJP issue seeks to answer a burning question of current personality research: How can we move our research from simply describing the structure of personality to research encompassing processes and dynamics of individual differences in applied, real-life contexts? In particular, we expect papers that demonstrate how the study of personality dynamics can be used to address applied phenomena as well as how applied psychology can be used to generate new insights into personality dynamics. By doing so, we encourage a crossdisciplinary approach that bridges theoretical advances in personality research, particularly personality dynamics, with applied domains such as I/O, clinical, educational, and sports psychology.


In recent years, the conceptualization of personality has expanded beyond the traditional trait approach—focusing on how people feel, think, desire, and behave in general—with a more dynamic approach, which also considers within-person fluctuations in these feelings, thoughts, desires, and behaviours. By focusing on the dynamic organization and interplay of affect, cognition, motivation, and behaviour within individuals, such an integrative perspective can help to better understand personality structure, processes, and functioning. Currently, the interest in the dynamic approach to individual differences is growing not only in the personality domain but also in more applied research on individual differences. Although these two fields have often developed independently in the past, the correspondence between them is strong and certainly worth to pursue – applied research should build on recent advances from basic personality science and vice versa. Bridging the gap between basic and applied personality science offers valuable insights into new frontiers, such as but not limited to personality dynamics at work and in groups, team dynamics, contingency of trait–performance relationships, maladaptive personality development and functioning, assessment of personality expression and perception in clinical and work settings, etc. Therefore, the proposed issue seeks to advance the field of applied personality psychology by focusing on a dynamic approach to individual differences.

How to submit

Contributions to this special issue will be considered based on proposals sent to the guest editors of this special issue. While all proposals will be internally reviewed and receive constructive feedback, full articles will be invited only for those proposals that fit well with the theme of the special issue and can make a strong contribution to the field. The invitation of a full article will be conditional upon considering the feedback from the editorial team. Full articles will go through an initial editorial screening, after which they will undergo a regular review process. All manuscripts should be prepared in line with EJP’s author guidelines and transparency and open science standards (for more information, click here).

Proposals should be no longer than 3 pages and include:
- List of authors, affiliations and email addresses
- Description of the type of contribution (e.g., theoretical, methodological, statistical, empirical)
- Outline of the content of the planned contribution (e.g., the purpose, rationale, methodology and expected results of the proposed study – as appropriate).
- The relevance of the planned contribution.

Click here for the full call.

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