The International Series in the Psychology of Religion (ISPR), previously published by Rodopi (Amsterdam), has moved to Springer (New York) and offers possibilities for publication in the psychology of religion (broadly defined) to a wide range of authors. The main features of this unique while international series are:
ISPR will deal with the psychology of religion in all its aspects, allowing authors to write from a variety of perspectives (e.g., related to a specific psychological theory or orientation, a specific religious/spiritual phenomenon, or research approach).
ISPR will include monographs as well as edited volumes, but will not accept manuscripts of textbooks, publish dissertations or texts with excessive technical or statistical information.
Striving for the highest psychological scholarship, ISPR aims to publish readable books that will address not only specialists in psychology, but also practitioners of other disciplines bordering on the psychology of religion, as well as a wider audience interested in psychological approaches to religious and spiritual matters.
The following characteristics will inform the development of the series:
Interdisciplinary outlook. ISPR does not only have psychologists as authors, but also psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, sociologists, religious studies scholars, historians, and others who are experts in applying a psychological perspective in studying religious/spiritual phenomena
International reach. ISPR aims to make an international impact and to encourage broad collaboration, soliciting authors and editors from every continent possible to explore topics in this area. Members of the editorial board represent a truly global vantage point.
ISPR is strictly psychological in nature. It publishes books based on theoretical, empirical, and cultural investigations of religious phenomena, persons and events from a psychological perspective. The series is not in itself religious in any way; it does not publish theological or pastoral psychology texts. It does not advocate for or reject religion, but examines religion (broadly defined) as an important element of culture (individual and collective) and by consequence of human lives, which calls for psychological attention and analysis.
ISPR does not restrict itself to any psychological approach or method. It allows for any type of psychological method as practiced by the world wide community of psychological scholars, drawing on approaches ranging from well-established empirical ones drawn from social, personality, and clinical psychology, theoretical and historical approaches, as well as newer ones, such as cultural psychology and evolutionary psychology, employing hermeneutical methods as well as other emerging scientific approaches like those incorporating methods from neuroscience.
ISPR intends therefore to attract attention from a broad variety of readers. Whereas most volumes on psychology and religion speak to only one audience, the ISPR aims to reach out to a wide audience of scholars, researchers and practitioners from psychology, psychiatry, social and cultural sciences, religious studies, philosophy, and to those with a scholarly interest in a psychological approach to religion. Volumes from ISPR will be aimed primarily for a graduate and postgraduate audience but may also be used on in undergraduate education.
Other than the previous series at Ropodi, ISPR publishes volumes in English only. (It allows for translations of books previously originally published in languages other than English.)
The Editorial Team consists of:
- Jacob A. Belzen (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- William B. Parsons (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.)
- Vassilis Saroglou (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
- Edward Shafranske (Irvine, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.)
- Jaan Valsiner (Aalborg, Denmark)
The Editorial Board consists of:
Mario Aletti (Italy)
Justin Barrett (California, U.S.A.)
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Israel)
Kelly Bulkeley (Ore., U.S.A.)
Don Capps (New Jersey, U.S.A.)
Michael Carroll (Canada)
Pehr Granqvist (Sweden)
Halina Grzymala-Moszczynska (Poland)
Buxin Han (China)
Peter Hill (Calif., U.S.A.)
Nils G. Holm (Finland)
Ralph W. Hood (Tenn., U.S.A.)
Stefan Huber (Switzerland)
James W. Jones (N.J., U.S.A.)
Lee Kirkpatrick (U.S.A.)
Soo-Young Kwon (Korea)
Chris Lewis (U.K.)
Kate Loewenthal (U.K.)
Annette Mahoney (Ohio, U.S.A.)
Raymond F. Paloutzian (Calif., U.S.A.)
Kenneth Pargament (Ohio, U.S.A.)
Crystal Park (Conn., U.S.A.)
Bernard Spilka (Colo., U.S.A.)
Joao Edenio Reis Valle (Brazil)
David M. Wulff (R.I., U.S.A.)
Please feel free to contact any member of the Editorial Team or Editorial Board about your submission!