Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Caribbean Journal of Psychology

Edited by Jaipaul L. Roopnarine

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A User’s Guide to Decolonising Behavioural Science: Lessons from the Latin American and Caribbean Postcolonial Regions

Guest Editors: Barbara Landon, PsyD & Randall Waechter, PhD & the CCCN Team

To address our region’s potentially unique perspective on decolonising the social sciences, the  Caribbean Journal of Psychology invites submissions for a special issue titled: “A User’s Guide to Decolonising Behavioural Science: Lessons from Latin American and Caribbean Postcolonial Regions.” We welcome perspectives from various academic and non-academic disciplines, including but not limited to psychology, social work, criminology, gender studies, public health, medicine and healing, anthropology, and neuroscience.

Scope of the Special Issue:

This special issue seeks to address the historical, cultural, ethical, and methodological challenges inherent in the field of behavioural science, emphasising the unique perspectives and contributions of scholars and practitioners from the LAC and other postcolonial regions. We encourage submissions that:

  • Integrate Local Knowledge and Practices: Explore how indigenous knowledge and cultural practices from the LAC and other postcolonial regions can inform and enrich behavioural science theories, research,  and interventions.
  • Showcase Diverse Methodologies: Highlight innovative research methodologies, including indigenous and culturally sensitive approaches, that challenge traditional paradigms in behavioural science.
  • Contrast Traditional vs. Decolonised Research/Practice: Examine and contrast ‘traditional’ approaches with ‘decolonised’ research or practice, offering specific guidance on guiding principles that promote inclusivity and cultural sensitivity.
  • Interrogate Power Dynamics: Investigate power imbalances in the production and dissemination of knowledge within the field, aiming to dismantle colonial structures that perpetuate inequity, inequality, and exclusion.
  • Propose Practical Strategies for Decolonisation: Offer tangible strategies and recommendations for decolonising behavioural science, fostering inclusivity, and promoting collaboration between scholars from diverse backgrounds.

Submission Guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit original research articles, reviews, and theoretical papers that align with the theme of the special issue. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the journal’s guidelines,

Recognising that not all authors will have experience submitting journal articles, the editors will offer one or more virtual support and brainstorming sessions in late spring. For more information please email [email protected]


Important Dates:

– Submission Deadline: August 31, 2024

– Notification of Acceptance: October 31, 2024

– Target Publication Date: December 2024

Dying to be Beautiful: Body image, Eating Behaviours and Health in the Caribbean

Presenters and other interested authors have the opportunity to submit their fully developed manuscripts for peer-review and possible publication in a special issue of the Caribbean Journal of Psychology. We encourage individuals to submit original research, theoretical frameworks, literature reviews, case studies, and pieces on psychology and health behaviours in the public interest.

You are invited to submit papers related to the following themes:

  • Cultural norms that define Body Image
  • Colorism
  • Acculturation and Challenges when working with Caribbean Immigrants
  • Eating Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Stigma
  • Trauma and Depression in the Caribbean population
  • The emotional and physical cost of food scarcity
  • Obesity vs Health At Every Size
  • Cost of beauty: Social and Economic Implications
  • Sports Psychology – Getting Your Head into the Game
  • Men and Muscularity – What is healthy vs. disordered
  • What is Old has become New Again – The Science and Promise of Plant Medicine
  • The Impact of Media on Physical, Mental Health and Social Health
  • The Impact of Supplement Use for Sports Performance
  • Substance Abuse
  • Physical activity and mental health

Original Content:

The submitted manuscript(s) must contain original content, must not have been previously published and must not currently be under review by another journal. Research should have received approval from an appropriate ethics review board prior to submission for review.


Authors must agree to transfer copyright to the Caribbean Journal of Psychology if the article is selected for publication. Authors may get further information, as well as obtain the publication agreement form, from the Journal Manager.

Manuscript Preparation:

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, including formatting instructions for tables, figures, references and headings. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with a font size of 12. Literature reviews, empirical studies and pieces of interest should not exceed 10,000 words excluding references. Brief reports and book reviews should not exceed 4,000 words, excluding references. All manuscripts except book reviews should include an abstract (maximum 250 words on a separate page) and up to five key words. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, in English (British). Delete all identifying information from the manuscript to ensure a blind review process. Prepare a separate title page with author identification (name, institutional affiliation, and contact email and telephone; identify corresponding author). Author name or names should be masked wherever they appear in the manuscript. Insert the abstract on a separate page, after the title page, and before the introduction.

Online Submission:

Authors should submit their manuscripts online at:

Please note that the submission is intended for the special issue on Dying to be beautiful, body image, eating behaviors and health in the Caribbean. For further assistance, contact the Journal Manager at: [email protected].


Important deadlines:

Abstracts submission deadline – September 1, 2024

Response from editors – December 1, 2024

Publication Date – February 2025