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For a Special Issue on
Registered Reports on identity in the context of migration

Abstract deadline
30 September 2022

Manuscript deadline
15 January 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Philipp Jugert, University of Duisburg-Essen
[email protected]

Ursula Moffitt, Northwestern University
[email protected]

Yuen Mi Cheon, Myngoji University
[email protected]

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Registered Reports on identity in the context of migration

We are seeking submissions for the special issue “Registered Reports on identity in the context of migration” scheduled to appear in 2024 in Identity – An International Journal of Theory and Research. We invite research that pushes boundaries in psychology and related fields, in relation to research questions and methods, as well as to the submission format itself. All submissions should take the form of Registered Reports, based on quantitative, qualitative, primary or secondary data. Templates for each form of data will be provided (see below).

 Special issue format

Registered Reports (RRs) are a relatively new manuscript format aimed at distinguishing more clearly between exploratory and confirmatory research, including within a given study. RRs follow a two-stage process. At Stage I, authors submit theory, methods and proposed analyses for review before data are collected or analyzed. If manuscripts pass Stage I they will be granted an in principle acceptance, meaning that the article will be published as long as authors completed the study as proposed but independent of the results (i.e., whether hypotheses were supported or not). Particularly in qualitative research, which necessarily entails iterative processes, additional research questions can be added and analyses carried out, but they must be clearly delineated from those initially proposed. RRs thus promise to help eliminate problematic research practices, such as harking (hypothesizing after results are known), selective reporting of variables, conditions, and results, and the file drawer problem (publishing only significant findings). Once the study is complete, the authors will submit the final manuscript including the results and discussion. At Stage II, the complete manuscript will be reviewed and edited. Should the authors want to make changes to the proposal they must consult with the editors beforehand. Significant changes may result in rejection at Stage II.

For more information regarding this format, see Instruction for Authors in the journal website and these general guidelines on Registered Reports provided on the Open Science Framework (OSF). Various pre-registration templates exist on OSF for different kinds of research approaches (e.g., quantitative, qualitative) and data (primary, secondary).

Special issue topic

Migration continues to rise around the globe, as a result of post-colonial and economic inequity, war and occupation, climate catastrophe, and education, family, and individual interest. These complex realities prompt questions of identity for migrants and their descendants, for those left behind, and for those in receiving countries. While research on migration and identity has a long tradition in psychology and adjacent disciplines, there are a number of open debates and controversies that are worthy of attention and that may benefit from an open science approach.

  • For one, research needs to more fully embrace the idea that social identities, including racial, ethnic, regional, national, and supra-national identities are socially constructed, fluid, and context-dependent. The development of social identities is a relational process, in which identities are negotiated between an individual’s self-categorization and ascription by others. This suggests that researchers need to be more reflective about the implications of classifying individuals into seemingly static, distinct groups (e.g., Helms, 2007; Jugert et al., 2022). In this special issue, we encourage research that studies the social construction of social categories, recognizing this process as important in its own right. One form this may take is by examining micro-level negotiation with, reproduction of, and resistance to macro-level structures, policies, and ideologies (e.g., Rogers et al., 2021). This would include work naming systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism, for instance, and studying how individuals navigate them as they make sense of their own and others’ identities in the context of migration. For quantitative work, methodological designs and analytic procedures that differentiate and/or consider the interactions between micro-level within-person changes in identity development over time and macro-level between-person factors and contexts are encouraged (e.g., using intensive longitudinal designs).
  • Another concern in the field is the over-reliance on bi-dimensional models of identity construction, which are often borrowed from acculturation models (e.g., Berry, 1997), and do not account for the complexity of tri- or polycultural forms of identity in a globalized world. Recent evidence calls into question whether an integrated acculturation strategy is really the hallmark of identity development among migrants and their descendants, particularly in sociocultural contexts of racism and anti-immigrant policies and ideologies (Bierwiaczonek & Kunst, 2021). Research expanding these questions and building on critical acculturation paradigms (e.g., Bhatia, 2007) is therefore encouraged.
  • Relatedly, a lot of social psychological inspired literature has focused on the strength of one’s identification, while neglecting identity content and various configurations/intersections of these contents. An examination of identity content is key to understanding how social identities are constructed and how they relate to other important outcomes such as prejudice (Pehrson et al., 2009). To this aim, person-centered analyses of answers to open-ended questions (e.g., what does it mean for you to belong to X?) offer an interesting possibility for expanding quantitative work in this area (e.g., Ditlman & Kopf-Beck, 2019), while numerous qualitative approaches can help highlight the plurality of identity content (e.g., Katsiaficas & Chung, 2022; Svensson & Syed, 2019). Moreover, the consideration of intersectionality among race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status in identity development processes (Crenshaw, 2017) is also encouraged, particularly when anchored in sociocultural context.
  • Finally, while much emphasis has been given to identity construction among im/migrants, most psychological research has ignored how individuals situated as part of the majority or dominant group engage in identity work as well, including how they reinforce or resist inequitable norms and structures (e.g., Moffitt et al., 2018). We therefore encourage work on so-called “host” communities as well, including vis-à-vis the construction of national belonging. Who is considered “one of us”, who is considered “other”, and what are the antecedents, mechanisms, and implications of such processes of ingroup/outgroup boundary-making? Germaine to this type of work is an acknowledgement of how differently "migration" is interpreted and studied across national and cultural contexts. We therefore encourage work from around the globe, while recognizing the need for contextually anchored perspectives cognizant of local and global structures of power. For instance, in Europe, where "race" is often not named or measured, "migration" is highly racialized and often acts as a stand-in to describe racial and ethnic diversity across generations. This has both societal and individual-level implications often left out of identity related research. We thus encourage research that centers sociocultural context when studying both im/migrant and non-im/migrant communities.


  • September 30, 2022: Deadline for proposal submission (as detailed below)
  • November 1, 2022: Guest editors’ decision regarding invitations for full manuscript submission sent to authors
  • January 15, 2023: Stage I submission deadline. Invited Stage I manuscripts, including introduction and method section (inclusive of hypotheses and materials) and prior to data collection (for projects involving new data collection – secondary data analyses are also possible) 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 at least two reviewers. An invitation to submit a Stage I manuscript is, thus, not a guarantee of acceptance.
  • Manuscripts that pass Stage I peer review will be granted in principle acceptance, indicating that the finished manuscript will be published as long as authors complete the study according to the exact methods and analytic procedures outlined. The proposed work must be completed and submitted for Stage II review within one year after in principle acceptance.
  • 2024: Publication of the Special Issue

For more information, please contact the guest editors:

Submission Instructions

September 30, 2022: Deadline for proposal submission. Interested authors can submit a proposal that describes the paper they intend to submit. Proposals should be sent to Philipp Jugert ([email protected]), indicating that their proposal is for the special issue “RR identity and migration”. Proposals should include three documents, attached to the submission email as a single PDF:

  • A title page following APA 7th edition, including names and affiliations of all co-authors and contact information of the corresponding author
  • A cover letter including:
    • A statement that all necessary support (e.g., funding) and approvals (e.g., ethics) will be in place to complete the work within one year after in-principle acceptance (i.e., post-Stage I review);
    • An anticipated timeline for completing the study if in-principle acceptance is received;
    • A statement confirming that, following in-principle acceptance, the Stage I manuscript will be hosted indefinitely on the journal’s homepage should the submission be withdrawn
  • A tentative title and 500 word (plus references) abstract including:
    • Details regarding the sociocultural context and framing of the research;
    • Outline of the proposed research including its relevance to the special issue;
    • Brief description of proposed sample and methods

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