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Psychology of Diversity: The Road from Racism to Inclusion

Call for Papers

New Content Item (1)BMC Psychology is calling for submissions to our Collection on research related to how prejudice, racism and stereotype affects people’s psychological, social, educational and economic well-being throughout the life span. Recent events have highlighted the social injustices that people experience and the need for action to address systemic racism. In all situations of racism, there are people who are victims and are affected by the discrimination that they have experienced.

Through this collection, we hope to capture the current landscape of racism and social/psychological relations, as well as identify directions for future research. A key component of this series will be cutting-edge scholarship regarding the implications of racism and prejudice for interpersonal outcomes (e.g. peer relationships), broader social functioning (e.g. social integration, immigration, and moral inclusion) as well as psychological outcomes (e.g. well-being and mental health).

By launching this Collection, we wish to bring together research that could make a difference to people’s mental health and support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being and  SDG10 Reduced Inequalities.

We encourage submissions of quantitative and qualitative research including, but not limited to:

  • Mental health effects of experiencing racism
  • Psychological well-being
  • Coping strategies and resilience
  • Racism experienced through social media
  • Morality, identity, and social inclusion/exclusion
  • Promoting social cohesion in intercultural relations and multiculturalism
  • Effective anti-racism strategies and educations
  • Public responses to current issues of racism and prejudice
  • Research on indigenous populations
  • Racial discrimination in health assessment, diagnosis and treatments
  • Validation of mental health and discrimination scales for underrepresented groups

This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system Editorial Manager.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editor, Fanli Jia, PhD (Seton Hall University, USA).

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Submission Deadline: 1 July 2022

Interested in being a reviewer for the Collection

If you would like to be considered as a potential reviewer for the Collection Psychology of Diversity: The Road from Racism to Inclusion, please complete our application form. The information you provide will be used by the in-house Editor and Guest Editors to register you in our submission system and for the purpose of matching you to appropriate manuscripts for review. Reviewers should have experience on the topic of the Collection and have regularly published in the field. You are under no obligation to review any manuscript. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will be invited to review a manuscript submitted to the Collection.

This information will not be used to invite you to review manuscripts outside this Collection. However, you may by invited to review other manuscripts for the journal if you have been selected when reviewers are being identified by other means.

Please contact if you have difficulties accessing the form or would like us to remove your information. Your information will be kept for 1 year from the date of application or until peer review of manuscripts submitted to the Collection is complete, whichever is sooner.

BMC Psychology operates a transparent peer-review policy and if you review, you are entitled to a 15% discount on the article processing charge for your next submission to the BMC Series. This discount must be claimed within 1 year of completing your review and discounts cannot be combined. You can find resources on being a reviewer here

Fanli Jia, PhD, Seton Hall University, USA

New Content Item (1)Fanli Jia is an assistant professor of psychology at Seton Hall University, USA. His research is interdisciplinary in Cultural/Developmental Psychology. Primarily, he is interested in moral development in a diverse cultural context. He has co-developed a new measure of moral identity, which is appropriate for investigating developmental trends in various social contexts (family, school, community/society, culture, and multiculturalism). His research broadens the scope of inquiry by adding a cultural lens to the empirical investigations of morality (e.g., moral emotion, moral identity, and prosocial/pro-environmental behaviours) and its development. Fanli Jia is a Board Member for BMC Psychology.

There are currently no articles in this collection.