Call for paper: Special Issue in Psychological Studies on Psychology of Uncertainty and Vulnerabilities: COVID -19 Pandemic Related Crisis

The unfolding Covid-19 pandemic has become a serious crisis and health emergency that has significantly disrupted all aspects of economic, social and private life globally. Its catastrophic impact has triggered high levels of psychological uncertainty and related mental health challenges for individuals, families and communities. Marginalised and vulnerable groups all over the world have been hardest hit by the pandemic. In light of this ravaging health emergency, Psychological Studies invites papers for a Special Issue on “Psychology of Uncertainty and Vulnerabilities: Pandemic Related Crisis." The Journal welcomes papers that focus on psychological vulnerabilities and associated responses to Covid-19 pandemic and other health emergencies from all regions. Authors from BRICS countries and the Global South are particularly encouraged to submit their manuscripts.

Guest Editors:

  • Tholene Sodi, Professor, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa; E-mail:
  • Buxin Han, Professor, CAS Key Lab of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Beijing, China; E-mail:


The papers may focus on one or more of the following topics:

  •   Meanings attached to Covid-19 pandemic and other health emergencies;

  •   Short- and long-term psychological impact of the pandemic;

  •   Risk factors that may exacerbate vulnerabilities and related mental health problems;

  •   Psychological reactions and processes triggered by these vulnerabilities;

  •   Psychological and socio-cultural resilience factors that might help to mitigate against the

    impact of the pandemic;

  •   Individual, collective and state responses to deal with the pandemic and its psychological

    impact; and,

  •   Various forms of interventions psychologists and other mental health professionals can


Submissions may take several formats, and may be in the form of conceptual, empirical, policy articles or brief reports. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should adhere to Author Guidelines

which can be accessed on Psychological Studies website:

In order to apply for consideration, please email your abstract to Tholene Sodi (Email:, with the subject line “Submission for Special Issue – Psychology of Uncertainty and Vulnerabilities”). Those whose abstracts have been accepted will be invited to submit full manuscripts online at

Timelines for the Special Issue

  •   01 June 2020 – Call for submissions open

  •   12 June 2020 22 June 2020 – Closing date for submission of abstracts

  •   30 June 2020 – Invitation extended to those with accepted abstracts to submit full drafts

  •   14 August – Deadline for submission of full drafts

  •   25 September 2020 – Decision about acceptance or rejection (based on peer reviews)


  •   30 October 2020 – Submission of revised manuscript