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Cogent Mental Health

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Preventing gun violence: An interdisciplinary perspective

Manuscript deadline
31 May 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Jeffrey Hayes, Pennsylvania State University, United States
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Preventing gun violence: An interdisciplinary perspective

Many individuals and communities wake up with the threat of gun violence looming over them, with frequent reminders in the media of the ways in which gun violence affects our children at school, our partners at work, our friends at concerts and other recreational events, and our loved ones who are suicidal, to name but a few. Understanding the multitude of factors that contribute to gun violence is critical to prevention efforts, and an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to ensuring that the multifactorial nature of gun violence is accounted for on both micro- and macrolevels. The psychological characteristics of individuals who commit gun violence and the host of sociological variables associated with gun violence remain important areas in which current knowledge needs to be expanded. Still further, effective government policies that reduce gun violence and their transportability need to be studied more fully to reduce the loss of life due to gun violence.

Through the high-quality contributions collated through this collection, it is hoped that those working towards reducing gun violence – from a wide variety of social science disciplines – can identify risk factors, preventive methods and de-escalation tactics. Ultimately, the lives of people affected by gun violence, and those living with the constant risk, count on research for enhancing their future security.

This Article Collection will solicit manuscripts related to the following subjects. However, we welcome all submissions related to the umbrella topic of gun violence.

  • The impact of external events preceding gun violence from a psychological, sociological or criminological perspective
  • Psychological or psychiatric characteristics of gun violence perpetrators
  • Gun violence towards the self
  • Identifying risk, de-escalation, and prevention factors prior to an act of gun violence
  • Programs that reduce the threat of gun violence in schools and universities

Instructions for Authors

The following Article Types will be considered: basic and clinical research, as well as epidemiological research, meta-analyses, systematic and scoping reviews, narrative reviews, theoretical pieces, and commentaries.

When submitting your article, please select the Special Issue, 'Preventing gun violence: An interdisciplinary perspective' from the drop-down menu on the submission system.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.