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The following Article Collections/ Thematic Series are currently open for submissions:
The pandemic of loneliness: What is it, how does it affect us, and how do we handle it?
Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Article Collection on "The pandemic of loneliness: What is it, how does it affect us, and how do we handle it?", organized by Guest Advisor Professor Ami Rokach in Psychology Research and Behavior Management.
Loneliness has always been an integral part of human life and will probably continue to be so. Our Western culture has aspects which appear to magnify the alienation and impose the separateness that we can feel, although as individuals we still long to belong and to be loved. Our welfare depends on the care of others. Evolutionarily speaking, our ability to survive begins with and over time remains dependent upon successful affiliation with other people. As loneliness was stigmatized, not much was discussed or researched about it, until two episodes which helped bring loneliness "out of the closet". One was the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who appointed a Minister of Loneliness Affairs, and the other was COVID-19; both legitimized an open admission and discussion of loneliness. It is not just during a pandemic health crisis that this issue is relevant. Consequently, we see lately an increase in research interest in this topic, and it is thus an opportunity to have a collection of articles addressing this topic.
Loneliness has been found to have a significant impact on the individual's physical health and emotional well-being. It may negatively affect one's physical, emotional and psychosocial functioning. Alcoholism, depression, social anxiety, cognitive decline and even suicidal ideation were found to be associated with loneliness. Moreover, loneliness may exacerbate obesity, elevate blood pressure, and hasten mortality. Needless to say, loneliness is, then, a significant mental and physical health consideration, which needs to be addressed on a personal, as well as on a community level.
This collection of articles aims to be a well-considered and comprehensive source for researchers, clinicians, academicians, and writers, about the topic of loneliness. We, thus, invite submission of original research articles, reviews, unique and interesting case studies, and theoretical analyses offered by writers in psychology, social work, sociology, philosophy, medicine, and other professions which affect our community and us as individuals.
All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.
The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2023.
Please submit your manuscript on our website, quoting the promo code SDEIC to indicate that your submission is for consideration in this Article Collection.
Urban densification, crowding, access to nature and their impact on human well-being and nature connectedness
Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Article Collection on "Urban densification, crowding, access to nature and their impact on human well-being and nature connectedness" in Psychology Research and Behavior Management.
One of the most important pathways linking contact with nature to mental well-being may be its relaxing and restorative effect. The need for this type of experience may be higher in high density residential settings, especially if there are also other stressors at play, such as limited indoor space (per person), financial worries, and conflicting lifestyles within the apartment building or neighborhood. At the same time, natural areas and elements that afford relaxing and restorative experiences may be less prevalent in this type of residential environment. This may not only be due to a lower presence of nature, but also due to qualitative issues, such as social safety and privacy, being compromised.
Urbanization continues at a rapid pace world-wide, with existing cities densifying. More people will be living in high-rise apartment buildings without access to a private green space in the form of a domestic garden. The remaining public urban green space will likely have to be shared with more fellow citizens, and urban expansion implies ever increasing distances to peri-urban nature for people living in the older parts of cities. This Article Collection focuses on how this combination of higher population densities and dwindling access to nature will affect the mental well-being of future populations and on how it will it affect citizens’ connectedness to nature, which may be instrumental for successful nature conservation and biodiversity policies, needed for long-term sustainability.
Topics of interest include innovative thinking and/or research on:
• Population density and mental well-being across the lifespan
• Private green space, streetscape greenery and mental well-being
• Crowding in urban parks and well-being effects of visits
• Access to and contact with nature, nature connectedness, and well-being
• Potential pathways underlying associations, e.g., fear of crime, loneliness
• Socioeconomic status and ethnicity as potential moderators of such associations
All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo a full peer-review; the Guest Advisors for this collection will not be handling the manuscripts (unless they are an Editorial Board member). Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.
The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 31 August 2023.
Please submit your manuscript on our website, quoting the promo code LOFPL to indicate that your submission is for consideration in this Article Collection.
Sjerp de Vries, Senior researcher, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Sjerp de Vries is an environmental psychologist who investigates how people use, appreciate, and are affected by their physical environment, especially the natural elements in that environment. For the last twenty years, his work has focused on the health and well-being effects of (contact with) nearby nature. He is a co-author of several influential articles in this field and has acted as a temporary advisor of the European division of the World Health Organization on the topic of green space and health in an urban context.
Ming Kuo, Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ming Kuo is an internationally recognized scientist studying the impacts of natural elements, views, and places in our day-to-day environments on human health and functioning. She was awarded the Heinz Award for the Environment for her work in this area and has spoken at the World Economic Forum on global trends in urbanization and mental health.
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- It is an open access journal which means that your paper is available to anyone in the world to download for free directly from the Dove website.
- Although Psychology Research and Behavior Management receives many papers, unlike most traditional journals, your paper will not be rejected due to lack of space. We are an electronic journal and there are no limits on the number or size of the papers we can publish.
- The time from submission to a decision being made on a paper can, in many journals, take some months and this is very frustrating for authors. Psychology Research and Behavior Management has a quicker turnaround time than this. Generally peer review is complete within 3-4 weeks and the editor’s decision within 2-14 days of this. It is therefore very rare to have to wait more than 6 weeks for first editorial decision.
- Many authors have found that our peer reviewer’s comments substantially add to their final papers.
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