Call for Article Submissions for Special Issue
Generating wellbeing in the face of Covid-19:
Overcoming inequities, designing interventions, and developing solutions
International Journal of Wellbeing
Co-Editors: Meg Warren, Ph.D., and Samit Bordoloi, Ph.D., Western Washington University, USA
The International Journal of Wellbeing (IJW) is seeking proposals for a special issue on “Generating wellbeing in the face of Covid-19: Overcoming inequities, designing interventions, and developing solutions.” This special issue will provide cutting-edge and timely topical research on managing and overcoming the impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic, particularly, in the medium- and long-term. Marginalized and vulnerable groups are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and existing inequities are exacerbated. Research on interventions that can improve the wellbeing of these groups can be particularly impactful and meaningful. The purpose of this IJW special issue is to maximise the dissemination and accessibility of innovative and high-quality science and research.
The International Journal of Wellbeing (IJW), founded in 2011, is the leading open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal on wellbeing. All content is free for everyone to access, and there are no submission or publication fees for authors. In less than 9 years the journal has published 27 issues, 139 articles, with articles averaging 42 Google Scholar citations each. With visitors from over 210 countries, the articles have over 1 million full-text views.
For the parameters of this special issue, “wellbeing” in the face of Covid-19 is broadly construed to include individual (physical, psychological, relational, social), institutional, and societal wellbeing. We encourage submissions that are genuinely interdisciplinary (i.e. that draw on research from more than one discipline and will be of value to wellbeing researchers from more than one discipline). We are particularly interested in papers that connect different dimensions, for example, how disruption of societal institutions impacts wellbeing via access to nutrition or mental health resources for vulnerable populations, or how prosocial behaviors during crisis can impact the wellbeing of older populations with no family or other social support. We will also consider wellbeing research related to impacts of Covid-19 that is uni-disciplinary if it is of exceptional quality. Strong submissions will address the science of how to generate wellbeing rather than only how wellbeing is being impacted by the pandemic.
- Psychological and emotional wellbeing - These papers will provide research that centers on mental health and wellbeing. For example, mental health access and availability of resources, loneliness, social isolation (disruption of routines and structures), interventions that generate wellbeing in the face of social distancing.
- Physical and nutritional wellbeing. These papers will provide research that concerns nutritional wellbeing (access and availability), physical activity and wellbeing, health promotion and wellness (e.g., when quarantined).
- Family wellbeing – These papers will focus on issues such as childcare, heightened gender disparities at home, stress on family relationships, caring for older relatives, caring for relatives in other countries.
- Educational wellbeing. These papers will provide research that centres on educational growth and development for children, adolescents and young adults. Topics may include but are not limited to wellbeing in a school or early childhood education environment, wellbeing of college students, learning success and wellbeing while managing disruptions to regular schedules and remote learning outcomes for different populations.
- Work and wellbeing - These papers will focus on issues and strategies for wellbeing in the context of work, such as for those working remotely (among those who can), frontline and “essential” workers (grocery, janitors, healthcare etc.), workers who cannot work from home, leadership during crisis, employee relationships and trust, job security, maintaining and enhancing wellbeing in the face of unemployment and/or industry collapse.
- Historical Perspectives- Lessons about wellbeing from previous crises and pandemics such as Ebola, SARS, HIV/AIDS, for example, how institutions and social groups maintained resiliency or even enhanced it, rather than crumbled.
- Future perspectives on flourishing in a post-COVID-19 world – Forward-looking “how-to” articles on bouncing back and shaping the future from a wellbeing science perspective. For example, outlining the wellbeing and public policy work currently underway, national accounts of wellbeing measurement, introducing positive education into school systems in various environments.
Format for final article submissions:
Articles in this special issue will be short scientific research papers of about 2500-3000 words. To encourage expediency, empirical papers (single study, correlational, single institution-case study are acceptable methods) and well-written evidence-based integrative reviews that offer interventions and solutions to pressing issues posed by the pandemic will be considered. The submission should include 3-5 highlights for practice or application.
Format for proposals:
To facilitate speedy review, please structure your proposal in the following manner.
Theme (no. and title):
Author/s and authors’ institutions:
Abstract (350 words max; for works-in-progress, the abstract does not need to include results):
Statement on fit of proposal with the special issue (350 words max):
Please note, the suggested themes offer examples of research that fit the special issue. However, this list is not exhaustive, and we do not wish to exclude alternative proposals or submissions; therefore, please enquire with the editorial team about your unique idea or unconventional submission to this special issue. Questions are welcome, as are early submissions. However, no article submissions will be formally accepted until the deadline. Authors with submissions under review for the special issue will also be expected to serve as peer reviewers of other submissions for the special issue.
In order to apply for consideration, please email your proposal to Meg Warren at email@example.com with the subject line “Submission for IJW & Covid19 Special Issue – Theme [no.]” Please insert the theme number that best suits your submission. Questions about this special issue can be directed to Meg Warren.
Please note that in order to provide timely research that can make an impact, we will adhere to a short and strict timeline for this special issue. Therefore, if you miss a deadline, we cannot guarantee that the submission will be included.
Timeline for the Special Issue
March 26th: Call for submissions open
April 15th: Submit proposed abstracts for consideration
April 20th: Invitations to submit full draft
June 15th: Submissions due
June 30th: Decisions for acceptance or rejection based on peer reviews
July 15th: Final articles due with revisions complete
The Special Issue is expected to be published in August 2020.