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Aging and Social Relationships

Special Issue Call for Papers

Abstract deadline
21 January 2020

The Journal of Women & Aging is seeking papers for a special issue about social relationships in late life – with articles that focus on any aspect of social relationships and their role in older women’s well-being and functioning (emotional, cognitive, physical, etc.). This special issue is planned for the November-December 2020 volume of the journal. Original research articles using various methodological approaches (qualitative, quantitative, mixed), as well as brief reports/commentaries, secondary data analyses, and systematic/scoping reviews are invited.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to: the role of the spousal relationship and marital quality in women’s well-being; in-law relationships and caregiving negotiations; widowhood and resiliency; changes in social networks in late life and their impact on emotional well-being; the role of technology (e.g., social media) in changing the nature of friendships (and other relationships) in late life; broader social networks and well-being; activity involvement and volunteering; and so on.

Potential authors should visit the Journal’s website to review the Instructions for Authors and specific guidelines for the various types of manuscripts. Importantly, submissions must include a cover letter formatted as requested in the instructions for authors. Please include 3-5 reviewer names in the cover letter. In all manuscripts, the number of words, references, and tables/figures must correspond to the specific JWA article format (i.e., APA). Select manuscripts will undergo Editorial review and eventual peer review by the JWA editors and peer referees.

The first step in the review process will be submission of a 250-word abstract in APA style to Katherine Fiori, guest editor, via email at fiori@adelphi.edu.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 21, 2020, 11 pm eastern daylight time. Authors will find out by February 3, 2020 if they will be asked for a full manuscript that will need to be submitted March 20, 2020. Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system at https://www.editorialmanager.com/jwa/default.aspx with an indication that they are intended for the Social Relationships special issue.  Revised, final manuscripts selected will need to be accepted and ready for publication by August 14, 2020.  For additional information about this special collection of articles, please contact Katherine Fiori, guest editor, at fiori@adelphi.edu.