The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



The Journal of Social Issues (JSI) and special issue editor Abby Folberg seek papers for a special issue tentatively titled International Perspectives on Women in the Workplace.

The vast majority of studies on women and work have been conducted in predominantly White, industrialized nations. Our understanding of women’s workplace experiences in less industrialized, non-Western cultures, particularly in cultures where women’s labor force participation is relatively new and non-normative, remains limited. Paper topics for the proposed issue include, but are not limited to, perceptions of working women (e.g., self-concept, community perceptions), factors that facilitate (e.g., activism, interventions) and inhibit (e.g., sexism, gender role traditionalism) women’s labor force participation, and job entry and interest (e.g., STEM pursuit) among women in non-Western countries. Quantitative and qualitative empirical research papers, including cross-cultural research, as well as theoretical and conceptual reviews are welcome. JSI is a publication of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI); however, contributions from all social science disciplines are sought.

Submissions for initial consideration should consist of detailed abstracts of 2-4 double-spaced pages followed by a short biography (limited to half a page) of each author. The detailed abstracts should describe the theoretical underpinnings of the work, the methodological approach taken, and implications for social policy. For empirical articles, the abstract should include descriptions of the sample, methods, and primary findings, and in the case of quantitative articles, statistical power analysis. Qualitative submissions will be strengthened by authors' consideration of COREQ or SRQR guidelines. For review articles, the abstract should include descriptions of the means by which the work reviewed was chosen (e.g., selective, supportive, exhaustive) and primary conclusions. Note that submissions must be based on nearly-completed work. Proposals based on empirical research for which the outcomes are unknown (e.g., in progress or future studies) would not be appropriate. 

Submit detailed abstracts and biographies by March 1, 2019 to Abby Folberg at Approximately 10 papers will be selected for the final issue. The special issue editor plans to notify authors of selection decisions by April 15, 2019. Completed manuscripts will be due August 1, 2019 and must adhere to JSI author guidelines. More information about the journal, including author guidelines, is available at



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