Call for papers

To all who study the relationships between psychology and culture:  You are cordially invited to submit ideas for manuscripts that may qualify for appearance in the special issue described below.


This call has appeared in various issues of the JCCP, starting with the March 2020 issue

The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), founded in August of 1972, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in August of 2022.  To help commemorate that momentous occasion, a special issue (SI) of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (JCCP) is being planned.  Tentatively titled “A Half-Century Assessment of Psychology and Culture” it will feature overviews of activities, accomplishments and initiatives that have helped define the connections between culture(s) and the field of Psychology during the past half century.  Our goal is to produce a SI that all culture-oriented psychologists and their students will be inspired to read as they move forward. 

Editorial Team

            The Editorial Team consists of an international board of psychologists, all of whom are IACCP members whose careers have featured culture in their research, scholarship and teaching.  All members of the team will contribute actively as reviewers, editors, and authors or co-authors of articles that are consistent with our desire to produce a publication benchmark in culture-oriented psychology.

SI Co-Editors (and e-mail addresses)

Walter J. Lonner, Founding and Special Issues Editor (

John W. Berry, Former Associate Editor (

Deborah L. Best, Current Editor-In-Chief (

Current JCCP Associate Editors 

Judith L. Gibbons, Melody Chao, Takeshi Hamamura , Li-Jun Ji,  Angela Ka Yee Leung, Junko Tanaka-Matsumi, and  Antonio Terracciano

Recent JCCP Editors: David Matsumoto and Peter B. Smith

Online Readings in Culture and Psychology Editors:  Michael Bender (current editor),        Wolfgang Friedlmeier, Chuck Hill and advisory editor W. J. Lonner

Honorary Fellows of the IACCP:  Michael H. Bond, Michele J. Gelfand, Heidi Keller, Janak Pandey, Ype H. Poortinga, Shalom Schwartz, Marshall H. Segall, and Colleen Ward.  (Berry,           Best, Lonner and Smith are also Honorary Fellows.)

Further Information

This project should not be construed as a “handbook” covering many topics in depth.  Rather, it will feature an appraisal and summary of what has taken place during the past 50+ years of forging and understanding connections between psychology and culture.  References to various handbooks and handbook chapters that have been published over the years are obviously expected. April 1, 2022 is the target date to complete all selected manuscripts, thus allowing production time for publishing the SI as the August 2022 issue (Volume 53, No. 7).  Because timing is important for final editing and production, abstracts must be received by January 1, 2022.

Table of Contents 

            The following list of possible topical coverage is exploratory, temporary and at this time necessarily incomplete. Members of the editorial team, and others, will be asked to recommend specific areas to be considered.  Readers of the JCCP, and especially IACCP members, are invited to suggest topics, perspectives, innovations etc. that might be covered briefly as examples of research, scholarship and teaching in this area during the past half century.  Examples of current thoughts on what might be covered:

  1. A data-driven overview of the IACCP, from its inception and inauguration in 1972.  Included would be the venues for both international and regional conferences, overviews of each, officers, committees and their functions, and any other activities that may provide helpful summaries of the half century of the IACCP and its ongoing goal to expand psychology’s horizon.  Certain conferences, directories, journal articles, and other initiatives that were precursors of the IACCP will likely be summarized.
  2.  A detailed and data-driven summary of the entire content of the JCCP over 50+ years. Some previous articles in the Journal featured such reviews, but for this SI we anticipate a more comprehensive and expanded coverage.
  3. A chronological listing and brief description of the major texts in the area of psychology and culture.  Candidates for inclusion are handbooks, encyclopedias, and other publications (some of which have been translated for use in various countries) that have been important references for years.
  4. The nature and scope of teaching in this area.  Various books, aids, selected syllabi and especially a detailed and data-driven overview of the cultural content of introductory psychology texts as well as texts in other important areas such as social, developmental, clinical/counseling, neuroscience, etc. in the teaching of culture-oriented psychology. 
  5. Explanations and brief summaries of major models, theories, frameworks etc. that have been influential.  Examples include Berry’s ecocultural framework, Super and Harkness’s “Developmental Niche”, Hofstede’s well-known factors, Schwartz’s Values (and other perspectives on values), cultural tightness-looseness, the Big Five personality framework, Triandis’s subjective culture notion, and other frameworks, models and innovations that have guided research in significant ways.
  6. Overviews of other Journals, organizations, associations and units within universities that focus on culture. 

There can be, of course, many other ways to capture the essence of what has been accomplished in cross-cultural psychology during the past 50 years.  Active scholars in this area of psychology will likely have valuable ideas to be considered. We welcome suggestions from anyone interested in contributing to this unique project.

Submitting Abstracts

Limited to a maximum of 250 words, each submitted abstract should have a tentative title, name(s) of author(s) and a general overview of the content of the manuscript(s) one plans to complete if the abstract is approved for further consideration.  Inquiries regarding topics that might be considered should be addressed to the co-editors.   If deemed to be more appropriate in the initial stages of your possible involvement, you may want to discuss the matter with any other member(s) of the Editorial Team listed above.

Please join us in our effort to produce an important special issue.

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