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Developmental Psychology – Call for Papers for Special Issue on Identity Development

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Call for Papers: Developmental Psychology

“Identity Development Process and Content:

Toward an Integrated and Contextualized Science of Identity”


  • Renee V. Galliher
  • Eric F. Dubow
  • Deborah Rivas-Drake

Submission and Review Deadlines

  • April 18, 2016 (abstracts must be submitted to receive preliminary feedback for manuscripts to be considered for review)
  • June 15, 2016 (potential authors notified whether their full paper would be considered for review)
  • September 1, 2016 submission deadline
  • December 1, 2016 1st round decision letters
  • February 26, 2017 revisions due
  • April 2017 final decisions


Developmental Psychology invites manuscripts for a special issue on identity development that seeks to synthesize across models of identity development within historical and cultural contexts.

We are currently in a period of heightened theoretical and methodological growth in research on identity development. Whereas the study of identity development was once dominated by Marcia’s identity status model, there are now multiple models that are receiving widespread attention and raising new questions about identity. The purpose of this special issue is to bring these different perspectives together and chart a path forward. Three broad goals are outlined for this special issue.

  1. Identify key developmental mechanisms that are both common and unique across identity development theoretical perspectives. We seek to address the questions: why, when, and how does identity develop?
  2. Develop a model of identity content that integrates existing approaches. There is currently no model or taxonomy for understanding identity content, which has been a barrier to advancing research on the topic.
  3. Map connections between aspects of identity and areas of psychological functioning. Because identity processes and content are multidimensional, each aspect of identity will be differentially linked to positive and negative outcomes. For example, exploration may be associated with increased anxiety, whereas commitment may be associated with heightened self-esteem. In terms of content, occupational choice may be related to life satisfaction. Beginning to outline how aspects of identity are related to psychological functioning will allow for recommendations to tailor interventions and social policies so as to be maximally effective.

Within each of these broad topic areas, we solicit both theoretical and empirical articles that highlight cultural and methodological issues, or attempt to integrate multiple perspectives on identity development. We especially encourage submissions from regions outside the United States. Development in multiple domains of identity (e.g., ethnic, gender, sexual, religious) is relevant for this special issue.

Submission Details

Abstracts (250-500 words) must be submitted by April 18, 2016 to receive preliminary feedback on suitability.

Potential authors will be notified by June 15, 2016 whether a full paper would be considered for review.

Manuscript must be submitted by September 1, 2016

All submitted papers will undergo the journal’s regular peer review process. All papers will be initially screened by the editors, and papers that fit well with the theme of this special issue will be sent out for blind peer review. An invitation to submit a full paper is thus not a guarantee of acceptance.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) and submitted through the journal’s submission portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for the special issue on identity development. Please review the guidelines in the Manuscript Submission section on the journal’s homepage for information about how to prepare an article.

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to Renee Galliher (