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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence

For a Special Issue on
Psychology of Intelligence

Abstract deadline
15 May 2022

Manuscript deadline
15 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Sabrina Magris, École Universitaire Internationale (Italy)
[email protected]

Stephan Lau, Hochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung (Germany)
[email protected]

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Psychology of Intelligence

We would like to create a platform for exchange between intelligence and psychology with this special issue. We invite practitioners and academics, intelligence professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social scientists, to share their research. We also look for insights that create a broader perspective of the intelligence field, elaborate its scientific connections, or offer solutions to pressing challenges like digitalization or HUMINT effectiveness in a high-surveillance world.

Expressions of interest should take the form of an abstract (maximum 250 words) that gives a clear impression of what is to be expected from the final contribution. Concerning accepted contributions, we will blind peer review all types of original papers: reviews of existing evidence, discussion of models, insights from practice, hands-on tutorials, recommendations aiming at challenges of intelligence practice, commentaries, or research studies (with empirical data). As the subfield psychology of intelligence is still in its development, we are looking at the unique opportunity to set topics, discourse, and perspectives for research. Please note that all contributions should have a clear connection to established academic psychology, may that be through references, findings, or models. Real cases or field experiences can be addressed if analyzed systematically (e.g., case study, lessons learned).

This special issue of the IJIC welcomes but is not limited to contributions that address the following questions and issues:

  • What factors foster the building, maintenance, and secure termination of relationships in HUMINT? What modes or models of relationships are promising in terms of stability, controllability, and information gathering? How can handlers and sources maintain professional distance? And how do we transfer such issues to intelligence collection in the digital realm?
  • What are helpful techniques to counter cognitive biases during intelligence analysis?
  • How can neuropsychological research help intelligence work? Does neuropsychology offer new strategies to overcome bias? What can we learn from neuropsychological mechanisms for better handling of sources (e.g., concerning processes of person perception, relationship perception, or feelings of bonding)?
  • How – based on the latest discoveries in neuropsychology – is it possible to modify the perception of your source/informant and the way he or she perceives the relationship?
  • How can intelligence functions be adapted and innovated by considering the augmentation of practitioners’ cognitive and psychological abilities?
  • Which methods can psychology offer to help cope with stress, anxiety, and negative emotions during operations or high-risk settings? Clinical perspectives on intelligence are welcome.
  • Is it possible to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the brain and cognitive structure that can impact practitioners’ work in the Intelligence field (like attention, reaction to stimuli, etc…)?
  • “Ask the expert." What are potential research questions from the intelligence community's view that needs data and systematic evidence to tackle relevant challenges of intelligence? What issues do intelligence experts want to communicate to psychology?
  • What do we know of psychological factors that determine the result of recruiting and handling processes in HUMINT? (e.g., tactics of social influence; rapport-building; negotiation; the handling of emotions, conflicts or deception)
  • Which factors determine valid and accurate forecasts and/or projections of events?
  • Can concepts like radicalization or intergroup conflict help analyze and predict non-state actors' actions?
  • What are promising trends or developments regarding intelligence officers' recruitment, training, and preparation? How do agencies adapt their recruitment processes to address the young population and future workforce?
  • How to determine and assess the skills and dispositions that make a good spy or agent?

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts should be no longer than 6000 words, including abstract, references, and tables. Please avoid overly technical illustrations and highlight practical outcomes and applications useful to intelligence work and our wide and well-educated readership. We heartily welcome contributions that present original data and ask that all findings are explained in their meaning and implication for the intelligence field. All manuscripts should be formatted using the Chicago Style per standard policies of Taylor and Francis's International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (see  https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=ujic20).

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