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For a Special Issue on
Dynamic self-esteem: Assessment, correlates and predictors

Abstract deadline
31 October 2021

Manuscript deadline
30 January 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Guido Alessandri, University of Rome, Sapienza, Italy
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Michele Vecchione, University of Rome, Sapienza, Italy
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Dynamic self-esteem: Assessment, correlates and predictors

Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research welcomes submissions for the special issue “Dynamic self-esteem: Assessment, correlates and predictors”.

Self-esteem reflects an overall subjective evaluation of personal worth and self-acceptance and is one of the oldest and most popular individual differences constructs in the social sciences (Alessandri, Zuffianò, Vecchione, Donnellan & Tisak, 2016). A considerable amount of research has evaluated the correlates of self-esteem (Baumeister, Campbell, Krueger, & Vohs, 2003; Swann, Chang-Schnieder, & McClarty, 2007; Trzesniewski et al., 2006). Much of this work focuses on associations between the overall level of self-esteem at one point in time and criterion variables and largely ignores within-person variability in self-esteem. However, an individual’s level of self-esteem at any single time point reflects both trait and state influences, and the stability of self-esteem across short-term periods is an important psychological consideration. Indeed, stable and high levels of self-esteem have been associated with resilience and optimal functioning, whereas unstable self-esteem has been associated with maladaptive outcome variables in a number of studies (Kernis, 2003).

As currently understood, state self-esteem fluctuates around a relatively fixed level because of both an individual’s appraisal of situational factors, such as positive and negative events in daily life (Greeneier et al., 1999), and personality traits such as emotional stability (e.g., some people might be more emotionally reactive than others; see Watson, Suls, & Haig, 2002). In short, there is a need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the temporal structure of daily self-esteem and to identify the correlates of stable high self-esteem.

Accordingly, the goal of the special issue is to investigate the situational and individual factors that predict the dynamics of daily self-esteem, as well as the best way to operationalize and assess it. Thus, we encourage the submission of a large variety of papers. Studies focused on innovative ways of assessing the construct, as well as contributions focused on correlates of dynamic self-esteem evaluated in different contexts (educational, organizational, social etc.) are encouraged. Theoretical contributions are equally welcomed. The following set of questions and challenges are intended to be addressed in this special issue:

  • What are the best ways for assessing self-esteem in a short time frame?
  • In which forms self-esteem manifest across short time frames?
  • How do state-like fluctuations in self-esteem relate to the development of self-esteem?
  • How does state-like self-esteem relate to other psychological processes?
  • How do social environments shape self-esteem fluctuations?
  • Which theories and methodological approaches could become promising frameworks for studying self-esteem across short time frames?

Submission Instructions

Submissions can fall into one of these categories:

  • Original empirical articles presenting one or more empirical studies (detailed results must be reported in the proposal)
  • Theoretical articles advancing the understanding of state self-esteem research and providing a foundation for hypothesis testing: Contributions of this category are welcomed, but they should include (possibly just as illustration) descriptions of empirical assessments and methods that can be used to investigate the theoretical assumptions.
  • Methodological articles discussing best practices of ways to assess self-esteem across short time frames

For more detailed instructions about these types of submissions, see Instruction for Authors.

Timeline and Submission Process 

  • October 31, 2021: Deadline for proposal submission. Interested authors can submit a proposal (maximum 700 words) that describes the paper they intend to submit. Proposals must be submitted to Identity through the Submission Portal (https://accounts.taylorfrancis.com/identity/), accessible via the journal webpage by navigating to the ‘Submit a manuscript’ tab. Authors should complete the step-by-step submission process, indicating that their proposal is for the special issue “Dynamic self-esteem”
  • November 20, 2021: Guest Editors’ decision/feedback regarding invitations for full manuscript submission sent to authors
  • January 30, 2022: Full manuscript submission deadline. Invited full manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines (Instruction for Authors) and submitted through the journal’s submission portal (https://accounts.taylorfrancis.com/identity/). All submitted papers will undergo a regular peer review process. Each article will be handled by one of the guest editors who will send it out for blind peer review to two reviewers. An invitation to submit a full paper is, thus, not a guarantee of acceptance.
  • End 2022 /Beginning 2023: Publication of the Special Issue

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