Call for Papers

Current Calls for Future Issues

Current Calls

“Psychology of School Shootings”

The Fall 2019 Special Issue – The due date is July 1, 2019

“Psychology of School Shootings” – For many, school shootings have disrupted the sense of schools as a safe place for education, socialization, athletics, and community.  We are looking for short papers on the impact of these horrendous events on those in the schools: children, young adults, teachers, and their families.  Our articles are typically from 500-2,000 words, including the title, 100 word abstract, 7-10 key words, and a short biography of the author ending in her/his email address.  We would like to hear experiences and responses from those whose lives have been impacted by gun violence.  Our tradition is to publish first person accounts alongside of the work of clinicians and professors.  We urge our authors to avoid technical terminology. Some possible thoughts that come to mind for articles due by July 1, 2019:

  • What does it feel like to be in a school when these events occur?
  • How are students, parents, and teachers coping with this gun violence?
  • Are you experiencing or observing PTSD?
  • Are there young people and parents developing school phobia?
  • What is the impact on teachers?
  • What is the impact on education?
  • What is the impact of “hardening” schools through greater security?
  • What is like for teachers to be encouraged to be armed and trained in armaments?
  • Do active shooter drills give the unconscious message to suicidal students of gaining their 15 minutes of fame (infamy) by becoming a school shooter?
  • Have some students become suspicious of loners in school?
  • Do “active shooter drills” reassure or spread fear
  • How effective are student led protests?
  • Do students speaking in Congress make a legislative difference?
  • Have these horrendous events prompted you to anti-gun action?

An additional possibility is to write a response to the attached article by our veteran member, Mary Coleman.  This retired doctor spent much of her long life campaigning against war and all violence, when not practicing medicine and writing her books on autism and war.  In her paper, attached below, Dr. Coleman’s primary concern is why there has been an effective mass movement of mothers (and fathers) to change our laws to lessen this danger.

Submission Guidelines – We at the Psychohistory Forum welcome personalized responses to Mary’s article.  Please submit articles with your own background information.  We are looking for articles from 300-1,200 words (including a title, 7-10 key words, and your biography ending in your email address) based on these issues, as a response to Mary Coleman’s article, or your own experience with gun violence, due by:

  • July 1, 2019 for “Psychology of School Shootings”

An abstract or outline would be helpful. Send articles and abstracts as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to

If you have any questions about our organization, journal, or The Making of Psychohistory book, please e-mail me, Paul Elovitz,  at


Clio’s Psyche is looking for articles on a variety of subjects.  Here are some special issues that we would welcome an informed guest editor or co-editors for articles on:

  • Psychobiography
  • Globalization
  • Environmentalism and Anti-Environmentalism
  • The Impact of Celebrity Culture on America
  • TV as Object Relations: Our Emotional Connection to Fantasy
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business Success
  • Images and Psychology of Enemies and Hatred through the Ages
  • The Intrapsychic and Societal Processes of the American Acceptance of Homosexuality
  • The Contemporary American Fascination with Animals
  • Anti-Government Fantasies and Civilization
  • The Psychology of Anti-Intellectualism and its Implications for Democracy
  • Psychoanalytic/psychological Anthropology
  • Psychogeography
  • Psychoeconomics