Important Dates
  • September 15, 2014: abstract (350–500 words) submission deadline
  • April 15, 2015: paper submission deadline
Guest Editors
  • Stephen C. Wright (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Linda R. Tropp (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Agostino Mazziotta (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
Issue Scope

Recent reviews and commentaries point to an exciting resurgence of research and theorizing on contact across group boundaries. While still primarily focused on prejudice reduction or improved intergroup attitudes, there is a burgeoning literature that has begun to consider how different kinds of contact impact other important outcomes.

This "new wave" of contact research has expanded on theoretical foundations developed more than 70 years ago, while also offering novel perspectives regarding different forms and types of contact (e.g., superficial and close, direct and indirect, positive and negative), the role of new technologies, and the many processes that underlie and account for contact effects.

In addition, this work has grown in breadth and scope as it seeks to take seriously the critically different implications that cross-group contact has for members of (historically) disadvantaged and advantaged groups, and considers how contact and its effects manifest across national, regional, and socio-historical contexts.

With this special issue we seek to bring together work that explicitly links these new developments in contact research to issues of peace and conflict.

We are particularly interested in new empirical work and welcome submissions that utilize any of a wide range of methodological approaches (such as field and laboratory experiments, cross-sectional and longitudinal survey data, qualitative and quantitative methods, among others). We especially encourage submissions that go beyond evidence of contact effects on attitude change (e.g., prejudice reduction), intrapersonal outcomes (e.g., anxiety, well-being), or interpersonal outcomes (e.g., dyadic liking, friendship formation) and instead explicitly link contact with broader issues of peace, conflict resolution, reconciliation, or other forms of constructive or destructive intergroup conflict.

Concise theoretical contributions that provide truly novel perspectives and point to new avenues of study may also be considered.

Submission Details

We are using a two-stage process for considering submissions.

  1. Initial submission of 300–500 word abstract (deadline: September 15, 2014)
  2. Based on review of abstracts, invitations will be made for submission of full manuscripts (deadline: April 15, 2015)

At both stages, please use our online manuscript submission portal.

Identify your submission as part of this special issue by selecting the "Special Issue Article - Contact between Groups" option of the "Article Type" field in the manuscript submission form.

Please note:

  1. Initial abstract should include
    1. conceptual and theoretical framing for the research;
    2. summaries of the study or studies, with a brief description of sample(s), the context(s) in which the research took place, data analytic approach(es), and main results;
    3. an explanation of how the research addresses key issues in the study of peace and conflict.
  2. All submitted manuscripts will undergo the journal's regular full peer review process to determine final acceptance for publication.
  3. Full manuscripts should be between 5,000–7,500 words (including all text, references, footnotes, tables, and figures).
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