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Motivation and Emotion publishes articles on human motivational and emotional phenomena that make theoretical advances by linking empirical findings to underlying processes.

  • Oriented primarily towards human emotion and motivation studies.
  • Focuses on key problems in motivation and emotion
  • Encourages explanatory research, linking empirical findings to underlying processes.
  • Appreciates a range of methodological approaches, prioritizing methodological rigor.
  • Affiliated with the Society for the Scienceof Motivation

  • Michael Richter
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1.7 (2023)
5-year Journal Impact Factor
3.5 (2023)
Submission to first decision (median)
10 days
568,694 (2023)

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  • Call for Papers: Advances in Achievement Goal Theory – Theoretical Integration, Multiple Goal Pursuit, and Goal Complexes

    This special issue aims to advance achievement goal theory, especially the processes involved in achievement goal pursuit and the role that other goals and other motivational constructs play in these processes. We invite motivation researchers to submit high quality empirical papers that meet one or more of the following features: (a) bridge achievement goal theory with other motivational theories in novel ways; (b) examine the processes involved in pursuing achievement goals alongside other personal goals; (c) identify and compare under-explored achievement goal pursuit reasons that combine with the goal into a “goal complex”; or (d) adopt novel methodologies to study achievement goal theory integration, multiple goals pursuit, or goal complexes.

    Guest editors: Gregory Arief D. Liem (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Corwin Senko (State University of New York, New Paltz, USA)

    Submission deadlines: Initial proposals are due by December 31, 2023. The publication of the entire special issues is planned for the October 2025 issue, but online publication of the individual articles will happen directly after their acceptance.

    Please direct any questions regarding the special issue to both Gregory Arief D. Liem ( and Corwin Senko (

  • Call for Papers: New Directions for Self-Determination Theory

    In this special issue, we aim to push the boundaries of self-determination theory (SDT) and inspire growth by capturing new directions of research. We are interested in research across four broad themes: a) new or under-researched topics and methods within SDT, b) novel connections between SDT and neighbouring fields of psychological research such as genetics or neuroscience, c) meaningful alignment between SDT and non-psychology disciplines including (but not limited to) economics and philosophy, and d) societal impacts at large.

    Guest editors: Joshua L. Howard (Monash University), Emma L. Bradshaw (Australian Catholic University), Richard M. Ryan (Australian Catholic University)

    Submission deadlines: Initial drafts are due by April 30, 2024. The publication of the entire special issue is planned for the June 2025 issue, but online publication of the individual articles will happen directly after their acceptance.

    Please direct any questions regarding the special issue to either Josh Howard ( or Emma Bradshaw (

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