Invitation for paper proposals: Special multidisciplinary issue on social support and maternal and child health

We would like to invite authors from any discipline to submit a paper proposal for a special issue on social support and maternal and child health, organised and edited by Dr Abigail Page, Dr Emily Emmott and Dr Sarah Myers. We particularly welcome original research proposals (quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method), as well as interdisciplinary paper.


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Deadline for paper proposal: 6th September, 6pm GMT


Contribution types: Original research, reviews, opinion pieces and perspectives between 2,000 – 8,000 words depending on the contribution.


What you need to submit: A title, an abstract describing the proposed paper content, its contribution and relevance to the topic, your academic discipline, author and affiliation list.


For questions and submissions:

When making a submission, please include “Proposal for special issue” in your e-mail subject.


Timeline: The final decision on the inclusion of your proposed paper in the special issue will be made by the 20th Sept, 6pm GMT. The decision will be made based on the suitability of the proposed paper in terms of topic, and its contribution to the special issue. Once paper contributions are finalised, organisers will submit the special issue proposal to Phil Trans B. If successful we expect to have the confirmation by mid-Dec. 2019, and the first submission of papers will be expected for peer-review by April-May 2020. Revisions and final submission will be expected by Oct.-Nov. 2020 for publication in Jan. 2021.


Organisers and editors:  Dr Abigail Page (LSHTM, MRC Research Fellow), Dr Emily Emmott (UCL, Senior Teaching Fellow in Biological Anthropology), Dr Sarah Myers  (UCL, Honorary Research Associate in Evolutionary Anthropology)


Confirmed contributors: Prof. Rebecca Sear, Dr Kirsty Budds, Dr Lia Betti, Dr Masahito Morita, Dr Lee Gettler, Dr Adam Boyette, Prof. Betty Kirkwood, Dr Rob Hughes, Dr Marina Daniele, Mairi Macleod, Dr Rihlat Said Mohammed, Prof. David Coall (spanning fields of public health, anthropology, human ecology, human biology, midwifery, paleoanthropology, demography and social psychology)


Special issue information for Phil Trans B:


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Background and topic information: 


Mother and child health have long been under a spotlight, with an array of institutions and agencies targeting the mother-child unit as a key to development and improved population outcomes. This focus is found in public health approaches in low, middle and high income countries alike. However, mothers and their children do not exist in a vacuum; social support structures provide essential scaffolding for both mothers and children. Indeed, the discourse on mother-child health increasingly acknowledges the importance of social support; however, what constitutes social support is often poorly defined, and it may variously be conceived as stemming from informal social structures (such as relatives or friends), formal support networks in terms of voluntary peer structures, health visitors and midwifes, as well as wider social institutions. Despite these varying concepts of support, there is typically a strong nuclear family bias regarding the scrutiny of, and interventions to augment, caregiving, to the exclusion of other potentially important actors.


Different disciplines – from psychology to anthropology, sociology, epidemiology, demography, public and population health – all approach the topic with different perspectives, assumptions and outlooks. When research remains contained within disciplinary confines, it risks not only being blinkered to the benefits of alternative approaches but also reducing its impact by failing to reach a wider audience. A holistic picture of social support and its consequences for maternal and child health is essential to effect change and can only be achieved with communication across disciplinary boundaries. This call for a multidisciplinary issue seeks to bridge the disciplinary gap and facilitate collaboration between researchers from any discipline working on social support in the context of maternal and child health.


During a very successful workshop held at UCL on social support and maternal-child health we established how important interdisciplinary work is to improve how we can support mothers with young children. This workshop brought together a real synergy of researchers from diverse backgrounds all trying to better understand the nature of social support and the impact it has. The workshop also spent time discussing how we can better improve interdisciplinary links to improve research. One conclusion reached was the importance of working on themes (i.e. mother and child health and social support) rather than just within our academic boundaries (the workshop summary can be found here). The next step on from this workshop is the production of a special edition on mother-child health and social support which approaches the issue from a range of perspectives. Details of the workshop and further work by Emily, Sarah and Abbey can be found at our OSF pages:


As Emily, Sarah and Abbey have a background in evolutionary anthropology, we are actively seeking more contributions from other disciplines, including but not limited to, public health, epidemiology, nursing and midwifery, demography, psychology, sociology, and education research.


If you have any questions about the topic, possible contribution ideas or any of the above information, please do not hesitate to email Abbey at

Call for Papers: Sports, Games, & Athletics in Evolutionary Perspective

The journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences is publishing a special issue on “Sports, Games, and Athletics in Evolutionary Perspective,” edited by Robert Deaner and Andrew Gallup. Researchers with an interest in issues relevant to sports, games, and athletics and the evolutionary behavioral sciences are invited to submit original, unpublished work in the form of an empirical research article, brief report, or review article. The special issue is open to empirical articles and reviews, and the submission deadline is Dec 31, 2019. For more information please see:

Call for Studies: Meta-Analysis on self-percieved mate value and socio-sexual orientation (SOI) in men

Dear researchers, colleagues, and students,

Our team is conducting a meta-analysis on self-perceived mate value and socio-sexual orientation (SOI) in men. We are looking for any published or unpublished studies (e.g., manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, file drawer) or data on this topic.

Specifically, we are looking for studies that include:

  1. Any measure of self-perceived mate value. These may include the Self-Perceived Mate Value scales, the Mate Value Scale, or other measures of self-perceived attractiveness.
  2. Socio-sexual orientation (SOI or SOI-R) or Short-Term Mating Orientation

If you have any work on this topic, we would like include it in our analyses. Please send the study information (i.e. manuscripts, correlation and Ns of your studies, or raw data) at your earliest convenience, or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have to

Ideally, we’d like to receive responses by July 26th, 2019. We understand that our request requires some effort; however, we would be very grateful if you were willing to help us out. We will cite all contributions appropriately in our paper.


Thank-you for your help in doing good science!

Amanda Rotella, Jessica Desrochers, and Steven Arnocky

University of Guelph and Nipissing University

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cognitive Science of Nationalistic Behavior (CSNB) – Evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives

The Journal of Cognition and Culture (Brill) is hosting a special issue (edited by Dr Michal Fux, Northeastern University) on the role of cognitive science in nationalistic thought and behaviour (CSNB). Spurred by the rise in popularity of nation-based separatist movements following an era of a steady move toward globalization, the editing team is interested in filling a surprising scholarly gap by establishing a wide explanatory framework / cognitive model for CSNB thoroughly integrated with what is known about human cognition and its evolution.

We invite submissions, empirical and theoretical, from scientists who resonate with this approach and have been studying a cognitive mechanism/system/theory related to aspects of nationalistic thought and behaviors, such as (but not limited to)-  symbols (e.g. flags, anthems), shared narratives or myths of common ancestry, preoccupations with “stranger-danger”, claims to land, appeal to socially constructed categories (e.g. religion/ethnicity/race), and boundary demarcating idioms such as “Motherland” “Homeland” or “The Country”.

Successful submissions will make strong links between cognition and nationalism, even if their data (in the case of empirical papers) was not collected for that purpose, the theoretical link should be clear and compelling. Ultimately, this special issue is meant to foster a network of researchers who, together, will be instrumental in specifying a Standard Model and, eventually, illuminate the motivations behind participation in nationalistic movements.

Manuscript Submissions

Interested contributors should submit a 750-word proposal (PDF, Word, or Google Doc) to Evaluation of proposals will start on May 1st, 2019 on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged. Dr Fux will send out invitations for full manuscripts. Final manuscripts will be due on September 1st, 2019.

Chapter Proposals for Xenolinguistics: Toward a Science of Extraterrestrial Language

Would extraterrestrial intelligence have language? If so, what can we say about the nature of such language prior to making contact, or before even knowing whether extraterrestrial intelligence exists? To explore these questions, chapter proposals are invited for an edited book titled Xenolinguistics: Toward a Science of Extraterrestrial Language. This book builds upon the forthcoming Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Cognition and Communication in the Universe (Oxford University Press, 2018), which is also edited by Douglas Vakoch. Proposals informed by the evolution of language are encouraged, as are proposals exploring the distinctive nature of language when compared with nonhuman communication systems.

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One week left to submit for New Investigator and Postdoctoral award Competition for HBES 2018

The deadline for submission of manuscripts to be considered for the New Investigator and Postdoctoral Award is 1 April. You can find more information here.

Call for meta-analysis data: moral licensing & watching eyes effect

Our team is conducting two meta-analyses:

1. Moral Licensing
Specifically, we are interested in looking at the moderating effects of study procedures (such as whether the participants were observed during the licensing manipulation), and characteristics of the measures (such as the ambiguity of the dependent measure) on the moral licensing effect.

2. Watching Eyes Effects
Specifically, we are examining whether exposure length to observation cues (long or short) explain the inconsistencies in the literature regarding the impact of eye images on generosity.

Now we are looking for any unpublished experimental studies (e.g., manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, file drawer) or data on these topics.

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International Conference on the Evolution of Religion: call for papers by June 1st

The 2nd International Conference on the Evolution of Religion
November 12-15, 2017, Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort,
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
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Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies: call for abstracts

The Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies 2017, 4th annual conference  will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland between September 20-22, 2017.

The submission deadline for posters and oral presentations is on 5 June 2017. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words excluding title, author names and affiliations. Abstracts should be written in English. Text should be organized into four sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions.

All the information about the Conference is available at