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We are interested in conceptual papers that offer new theories or novel perspectives as well as those that evaluate taken-for-granted assumptions about the psychological study of men and masculinities. We encourage authors to think outside the box and to not be afraid to push the envelope as long as their work is grounded in the scientific literature. For instance, despite some advances in applying intersectional perspectives to masculinities (e.g., Rogers et al., 2015), the intersectional notions that race is gendered (e.g., racial stereotypes are laced with gendered elements) and that masculinities are “raced” (e.g., masculine norms in the U.S. include elements of hegemonic Whiteness; Chavez & Wingfield, 2018; Wong & Wang, 2022) are not fully reflected in the dominant, prevailing theories of masculinities within the psychology of men and masculinities. What new theories or theoretical frameworks might emerge if racism and gendered racism were core ideas in the construction of masculinities?

The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible concepts and ideas that can be addressed and evaluated in conceptual papers for the special issue:

  • Diverse conceptualizations of masculinities
  • Prosocial masculinities
  • New theories about men’s social relationships
  • Social constructionism vs. essentialism in the psychological study of men and masculinities.
  • Theorizing the connections between masculinities and social class
  • New approaches to intersectionality and their implications for the psychology of men and masculinities
  • Diverse forms of feminism and their implications for the psychology of men and masculinities
  • Decolonizing research on masculinities

As for review papers, we are most interested in those that embrace interdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., sociology, public health, neuroscience, media science, organizational behavior, criminology, and education) and/or tackle topics that have not been widely covered in PMM. Review papers on topics and theories that have already been extensively addressed in articles published in PMM will not be a good fit for this special issue. Likewise, we’re less interested in manuscripts that are mainly intended for an audience of practitioners, although we encourage all authors to articulate the practical implications of their scholarship.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics for review papers in this special issue:

  • Masculinities and climate change
  • Masculinities and men in the workplace
  • Organizational masculinities
  • Public health and masculinities
  • Rural masculinities
  • Masculinities in the media
  • Masculinities and religiosity
  • Masculinities and food
  • Neuroscience and masculinities
  • Transgender men
  • Men with disabilities
  • Male allies
  • Male privilege
  • Men, masculinities, and migration
  • Boys’ academic success and failure in schools
  • Social policies affecting boys and men

Authors should adhere to the journal’s submission guidelines as well as our guidelines on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Authors are also encouraged, although not required, to submit an abstract to the editor (maximum of 250 words) for preliminary feedback before submitting their manuscript.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s website by December 31, 2023.