CFP: Open Call of the American Journal of Play

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Call for Papers
December 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Psychology, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences, Public Health

Published three times a year, the American Journal of Play invites submissions that advance scholarly and public discussions around play. The oldest peer-reviewed publication devoted to this study, the Journal features original research, interviews, and book reviews exploring the history, science, and culture of play in our world.

We welcome contributions in research areas such as:

  • play in learning and development from infancy to adulthood
  • cultural histories of playthings and ways of playing
  • practices of play therapy and health (behavioral, mental, physical)
  • intersections of play and gender, race, class, and sexuality
  • public policy issues involving and impacting play
  • historical and contemporary representations of play or players
  • evaluations of major themes and theories in traditional and emerging play scholarship

We are especially seeking work that highlights the contemporary challenges to play in this moment.

Though we maintain open submission year-round, we encourage prospective authors to submit manuscripts to no later than December 15, 2020 for consideration in our upcoming 2021 issue. While final articles may vary in word count, a typical paper published in the Journal is 6,500 to 8,000 words in Chicago Manual of Style. 

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Contact Info: 

Jeremy Saucier

Editor, American Journal of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play