International Society of Political Psychology


A Call for Articles: Early Career Scholars Edition 2019

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

The ISPP Blog publishes short articles about research or issues of interest to the political psychology community. Each year the Early Career Committee (ECC) invites Early Career Scholars (graduate students or scholars who have received their PhD within the past 8 years) to contribute articles to the ISPP Blog. These articles are intended to promote the visibility of early career scholars and their research through our various online outlets and social media accounts (links to each can be found here: Medium, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn).

We recognize that the modern pressures and demands of academia pose unique challenges for those just beginning their academic careers. We hope then that the ISPP Blog can provide you with a platform to promote your research and encourage the next generation of academics to pursue careers in, or related to, political psychology.

Requirements – What We Are Looking For

We are interested in articles on your current or recent research. We are open to a wide range of topics related to political psychology, and articles can be written by a single author or as a collaboration amongst peers. We especially encourage individual and group submissions from diverse academic backgrounds. The blog should be written for an audience of intelligent non-specialists. Key things are:

  1. Be brief (i.e. between 800 and 1500 words).
  2. Use a journalistic, rather than an academic style (i.e. inverted pyramid-style with the opening paragraph(s) containing the key and attention-grabbing elements of the blog).
  3. Avoid jargon! To make it accessible to a larger number of readers, use simple, common English terms, where possible.

The content of the article should:

  1. Be relevant to your current or recent research.
  2. Be relevant to the aims of the ISPP (i.e. exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes).
  3. Describe your data and the qualitative or quantitative methods that were used (e.g. survey, discourse analysis, experimental, interviews, etc.).
  4. Include the wider social implications, and if relevant, practical implications.
  5. Include a list of references (including DOIs where possible).
  6. Not include unfounded opinion or conjecture – it can’t solely be an opinion piece.

We welcome graphs, images and figures, but only include them if you are the author or have the copyright.

In addition to the article, we would be grateful for:

  • A brief description (up to 50 words) of your name, location, affiliation, and current position of the author(s).
  • A photo of the author(s) in JPEG or PNG format, ideally in portrait rather than landscape. Large file sizes are encouraged as smaller files do not upload well.

The ECC reviews all submissions and provides feedback, where necessary, for publication.

Contributors may wish to read a couple of examples of previously published work. Here, we would direct you to an article on science curiosity and trust in climate scientists and another on the benefits of need-supportive parenting styles for fostering civic engagement.

Additional examples of published articles can be found on the ISPP Blog and on Medium.


Getting your work published on the ISPP website is an excellent way to disseminate your research, increase your visibility, and invite future collaboration. Writing for the Blog is a great opportunity whether you are a PhD student, Postdoc, or early career researcher. Your work will be permanently stored on the ISPP website; enabling you to reference others to your writing. Finally, in addition to having your work reviewed and published online, your research will also be promoted using the ISPP’s various social media accounts and other forms of online communication.

To Submit Your Article

With respect to deadlines, contributors will have a range of dates from which to choose. However, contributors must make their interest known by submitting a 250-word abstract before November 5th, 2018 to

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, these can be submitted to the emails provided below: Lucas Czarnecki, ; and Sumedh Rao,





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