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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Cognition and Development

For a Special Issue on
Decolonizing and Diversifying Research in Cognitive Development

Abstract deadline
30 June 2022

Manuscript deadline
15 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Leher Singh, National University of Singapore
[email protected]

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Decolonizing and Diversifying Research in Cognitive Development

Guest Editor:
Leher Singh, National University of Singapore

The Journal of Cognition and Development invites abstracts for submission to a Special Issue on decolonizing and diversifying research in cognitive development. Although there is increased awareness of sociodemographic homogeneity in developmental science, progress in diversification has been slow (e.g., Nielsen, Haun, Kärtner, & Legare, 2017; Roberts, Bareket-Shavit, Dollins, Goldie & Mortenson, 2020; Rowley & Camacho, 2015). Participants, authors, and editors in developmental science (including those in cognitive development) come primarily from populations within the Western, post-industrial world (Moriguchi, 2021; Syed, Santos, Yoo & Juang, 2018). This lack of diversity limits our understanding of cognitive development, constraining the questions that are asked, the methodologies used, and the conclusions that can be drawn. The goal of this special issue is to identify barriers to changing this paradigm and to formulate actionable solutions that can broaden participation (in terms of researchers, participants, perspectives, and methods) in research on cognitive development.

Examples of topics appropriate for this issue:

  • Barriers to diversification, to diverse representation, and to greater equity in participation. Examples: How have Western biases influenced theory in cognitive development? How has the elevation of particular kinds of empirical approaches contributed to and sustained unbalanced representation in the field? Papers should focus on barriers as well as evidence-based solutions for the field.
  • The role of race, power, privilege, perspective, decolonization frameworks, and intersectionality in preserving homogeneity in research on cognitive development. Examples: How have socio-political factors (e.g., colonialism; political suppression; racism), psychological factors (e.g., dominant narratives), and/or cultural factors (e.g., Western centrality biases) shaped representation of researchers, participants, and methodologies in cognitive development? How have racism and other forms of discrimination perpetuated cultural hegemony in the field? Papers should focus on threats to diversification as well as proposed evidence-informed changes in practices for the field.
  • Evaluation of programs and initiatives to build research capacity in under-resourced environments. Examples: How should we think about conducting basic research in cognitive development in contexts where applied needs may be more pressing? What are the barriers for developing research capacity in under-resourced settings? Systematic evaluations of initiatives and programs to build capacity in under-represented regions are welcome.
  • Goal-setting for the field. Examples: What metrics should the field use to measure progress in diversification efforts? What can different approaches (e.g., big data; experimental approaches; qualitative approaches) offer to our understanding of effects of cultural context on cognitive development? What kinds of incentives should funding agencies, journals, and institutions offer to assist in these efforts? Is there still a place for “WEIRD science” and convenience samples?

Submissions do not need to include original empirical data, though this is welcome. Theoretical papers, meta-analyses, and narrative reviews are welcome.

Author guidelines

  • Prospective authors should prepare a 500-word abstract, describing the specific ways their proposed manuscript will significantly advance conversations about decolonization and diversification of cognitive development research. It is not necessary in the 500-word abstract to describe well-known literature on the unbalanced state of representation in psychological science.
  • For proposed submissions where authors will focus on a population different from their own, authors should incorporate a brief discussion in their abstract of their efforts to develop cultural knowledge about the population under study and reflect on their own perspective vis-à-vis the population in focus.
  • We also encourage inclusive authorship practices that incorporate local participants as collaborators and authors. Contributor role statements should be included (for guidance, see https://casrai.org/credit/).
  • Only one submission per author will be considered.

Timeline

  • Submission of 500-word abstract: June 30, 2022. Please send your abstract to Leher Singh ([email protected]). All abstracts will be evaluated after the deadline to ensure a balance of authors and populations.
  • Invitation of submission of full manuscripts: July 15, 2022
  • Deadline for submission of full manuscripts: December 15, 2022. Manuscripts will be sent out for review upon receipt.
  • The special issue is scheduled for publication in early 2024 but papers may be available online earlier, as they are accepted and copyedited.

Submission Instructions

Submission instructions

  • Select "Decolonizing and Diversifying Research in Cognitive Development" when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
  • Narrative reviews, theoretical papers, meta-analyses, and empirical papers are welcome.
  • The special issue is scheduled for publication in early 2024 but papers may be available online earlier, as they are accepted and copyedited.

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